Today is Energy Efficiency Day 2017, an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments we have achieved in energy efficiency and discuss opportunities for further progress! Energy efficiency not only helps you save money, but reduces pollution and the use of fossil fuels. 

Here at Case Western Reserve University, we are leading research to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, manufacturing processes and energy production.

We invite to you celebrate by taking action to reduce your energy use and participating in the conversation with the hashtag #EEDay2017. 


The Great Lakes Energy Institute, Center for Business Law & Regulation and the Property and Environment Research Center sponsored a panel to explore the downward trajectory of the coal sector. Jonathan Adler, GLEI affiliate faculty member, hosted the panel which featured GLEI advisory board member Walter Culver.


Dr. Culver presented his research to understand coal’s decline and the effects of federal policy and market economics on this trend. A panel discussion also featuring Justin Gundlach and Alexander Schoch then explored these topics further.

Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Great Lakes Energy Institute Sponsored Faculty Mark De Guire has received $300,000 from the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy to study solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). This two year project seeks to understand how selected operational parameters affect the performance of SOFCs, with a special focus on cathode performance. 

This is one of 16 projects selected by the Department of Energy to support the development of reliable and robust SOFC technology for fuel cell systems. The selected projects address technical issues which impact the cost and reliability of SOFC technology. You can learn more about the benefits of solid oxide fuel cells at energy.gov/why-sofc-technology

The New York Times recently recognized programs such as CWRU’s Applied Data Science minor, directed by GLEI affiliated faculty Roger French, that are listening to employers and working to close the skills gap. Currently, the difference in job skills required and the actual skills possessed by employees is much too large.

YeongAe Heo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, has been awarded the 2017 Gulf Research Program Early-Career Fellowship. This elite program recognizes pre-tenure professionals for their leaderships, performance and potential for future contributions. 

Founded after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Gulf Research Program was established within the National Academy of Sciences to fund research to enhance oil system safety, human health, and environmental resources in the Gulf of Mexico. 

GLEI Associate Director Grant Goodrich and affiliated faculty member Robert Savinell were interviewed on News 5 Cleveland to discuss the impact ARPA-E funding has had on Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio.

Professor Stavinell's ARPA-E funded iron flow battery that "has the potential to hold and supply electricity to a home or an entire community- using cheap, plentiful and environmentally friendly materials," was featured. 

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On August 8th, Alexis Abramson, Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation and Director of GLEI, along with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, appeared on WCPN's the Sound of Ideas to discuss the impact of ARPA-E funding. 

ARPA-E was created by the Department of Energy under the Obama administration to mirror the success of the Department of Defense's DARPA, which supports truly innovative breakthroughs in high-risk high-reward technology research and development. 

In a recent article, E&E News explored the history of the most commonly used energy terms and how often the Trump administration is currently using them. 

Alexis Abramson, GLEI Director, provided perspective to Midwest Energy News on the impact privacy regulations can have on research into energy efficiency and the smart grid. 

In the Midwest, the number of smart electricity meters installed has been increasing. Smart meters are designed to read remotely and on a frequent basis making them ideal for providing energy efficiency improvements in the smart grid, however there are consumer concerns regarding the privacy of this data.