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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Taxing Emissions in [Un]Congested Power Systems



October 19, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
(there will be pizza!)
HHH Room 170

Please join us for our first STEP-FAR seminar of the semester with Vivek Bhandari. 

This presentation is a part of Bhandari's PhD thesis. His talk will explore the use of emission taxes to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and their effect on power systems in terms of emission savings, generator revenue, load revenue and governmental revenue.  The context will be the electricity sector in the United States. Bhandari will conclude that, due to power system constraints, emission tax may not reduce emission, and may just impose a tax burden on no one else but load.

Future Events

Dr. Yingling Fan
November 16, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

Andrew Fang
December 7, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

About the STEP-FAR Seminar Series

STEP FAR (Science Technology and Environmental Policy Feedback and Research) is designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy. It is a bi-weekly seminar taking place throughout the academic year. Learn more about STEP-FAR.

Monday, October 5, 2015

STEP area hosts Minneapolis’ first Vertical Farming Design Workshop


On September 24-25, the STEP area hosted an interdisciplinary design workshop on Urban Farming.

The workshop brought together architects, hydroponic growers, engineers, marketing professionals, and entrepreneurs, as well as University of Minnesota students. Divided in three teams, the participants developed a model and business plan for a Food Hub and Vertical Farm sited in Richfield, Minnesota. On Friday, each team presented their plan to a panel of judges, and a winning team was chosen.

“There were moments where I thought that we had no consensus, but at the end we were able to develop a model and present it in a way that awarded us the first place in the competition,” Mauricio Leon, participating STEP student said.

“The workshop was an amazing opportunity to meet people and put skills in to practice. What made it really interesting was the seriousness and passion with which we took the challenge. Urban agriculture is a concept that is already gaining territory in developed nations that want to maximize space and be more self-sufficient. The United States is only starting, but I think urban agriculture is likely to going to gain much more attention in the future years.”

The event was organized in partnership with the Minnesota Sustainable Development Group (MNSDG), the Association for Vertical Farming and Blue Planet Consulting, and included a keynote lecture by STEP professor Anu Ramaswami.

The winning concept will be featured on Agritecture.com. See more in Murphy News Service and Minnesota Daily.
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