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Jan 25, 2016: The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

The study used a sophisticated mathematical model to evaluate future cost, demand, generation and transmissio n scenarios. It found that with improvements in transmission infrastructure, weather-driven renewable resources could supply most of the nation's electricity at costs similar to today's.

Thanks to a fleet of six microsatellites launched almost a decade ago, scientists have access to a new database of temperature records that sprawl out in three dimensions through the lowest layers of the atmosphere. A partnership between the United States and Taiwan, the satellite system has proven to be an extremely accurate, precise, and stable space-borne thermometer, especially for the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, a region important to our understanding of climate change.

Called COSMIC—the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate—the system makes measurements of several key attributes of the atmosphere that are used to improve weather forecasting. COSMIC is a collaborative effort, conceived, planned, and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) along with the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Air Force and Taiwan's National Space Organization.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). For its first institutes, the Commerce Department will provide up to a total of $70 million per institute over five to seven years. Commerce funding must be matched by private and other non-federal sources. The institutes are expected to become self-sustainable within the time period of the award. 

“Today marks a major milestone for the future of American innovation,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “The collaborative, cutting-edge technologies being designed, developed and commercialized at our NNMI institutes are essential to America’s long-term economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. Our new institutes will build on the success of the existing seven, and for the first time, the topic areas have not been chosen in advance but will depend on industry interests and input. Together, our growing network of institutes will ensure America remains on the leading edge of the 21st century economy.” 

Megan Donahue Professor of Physics and Astronomy from Michigan State University will present at JILA Auditorium n Boulder on CU Campus on Monday, February 1, 2016, 4:00pm. 

In massive galaxies and in clusters of galaxies, the thermodynamic state of the circumgalactic gas seems to regulate whether or not star formation is occurring in the central galaxy. Megan  will discuss the observational evidence for this claim. She will also discuss implications for lower mass galaxies if regulation via precipitation triggering plays an important role in those galaxies as well. Physical predictions of this model will be presented. Learn more and register. 

The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) is a multi-year U.S. Department of Energy-funded research project designed to simulate operations of the largest power system in the world with high penetrations of wind and solar generation. The study will inform critical questions on how system operations could be impacted by various wind and solar deployment strategies and operational paradigms. It is the first study to simulate the entire Eastern Interconnection and Hydro-Québec with hourly day-ahead unit commitment, 5-minute real-time dispatch, and a nodal DC-power flow. NREL staff developed new modeling capabilities to study the system at this resolution and fidelity and applied advanced computational techniques to the problem.

Read more about the project.