IEE Fortnightly – Start of Semester Edition

tunbridge_solar_panels_151211Happy Spring Semester from the Eaton House,

We hope you enjoyed your holiday break and are recharged for the new semester. And, yes, we know it’s been longer than a fortnight since the last installment! So we have a couple of updates from the end of fall semester and some more news to report about the Institute.

Save the Date

IEE will be hosting an info session for students who are interested or curious about the research associate positions, working in the Energy Clinic, or about earning the energy certificate. The session is at 12:45-2pm on Thursday, January 28th in Nina Thomas Classroom. For anyone with a class conflict, we’ll have an informal open house across the street in the Eaton House immediately after the info session. We’ll send along another reminder next week but if you’re interested in applying to be a student researcher or work in the energy clinic next year, mark your calendar for Thursday, January 28th at 12:45.

VLS Solar Now Online

As of mid-December, the VLS 500 kW solar project developed and owned by Tunbridge Solar (the company founded and run by Swan and Energizer Aaron Kelly) is fully energized.  All 2,250 photovoltaic panels have been installed and the project will cover more than half of our school’s electricity usage. Big congrats and thanks to Aaron and Tunbridge Solar for completing installation before winter finally arrived!

We’re going to wait until it warms a bit (for our sake, but also for the deer, which use the site as winter habitat) and hold a celebration at the site during Earth Week on Friday, April 22nd. More details to follow in the spring. In the meantime, check out the real-time production data through our campus sustainability plan webpage.

Energizers at Work

We are proud to announce a couple of great job placements for members of the Sunshot research team.

  • Kelsey Bain will be working at Earthjustice’s San Francisco office this summer.
  • David Sloan will be working at the Chapel Hill office of the Southern Environmental Law Center.
  • This spring, Ashleigh Krick will be going on Semester-in-Practice at FERC’s Office of Administrative Law. In the summer, she will be switching to FERC’s Office of General Counsel.

Energizers in Paris

Student researchers Sara BarnowskiKelsey Bain, and Global Energy Fellow Mark James attended the the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris with the VLS delegation lead by Professor Tracy Bach. Check out the VLS delegation’s blog, Substantial and Sustained to catch up on all of the process behind the historic accord. Media Fellow Ben Jervey was also there in Paris, working with and writing for GOOD Magazine as part of the UN Foundation’s Earth to Paris campaign.

Alumni in Energy Symposium Transcript

In November, many Energizers, along with Institute Director Michael Dworkin and Deputy Director Jones, traveled down to DC for the VLS Alumni in Energy Symposium. IEE Research Associate Arne Limberry,the student liaison to the VLS Alumni in Energy Group, reported back at the time that all three panels were illuminating, and that the ultimate panel discussion on the EPA’s renewable fuel standard was particularly impassioned, with alumni representing all points of view across the biofuels spectrum.

A transcript of the symposium is now published in Issue 2 of Volume 17 of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law so if you missed the event, or just want to relive it, check out VJEL.

Energy Law Society’s Energy Tip of the Fortnight!

Use a programmable thermostat or set appropriate temperatures throughout the day manually: lower the temperature when you’re not home and when you’re asleep to save energy and you won’t even notice!

Until next time,

The Energizers


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