Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Energy

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Behm deepens knowledge of energy policy

Andrew Behm enjoys working in a policy area that is beginning to change after decades of equilibrium — energy policy.

Rob Stupar turned to public policy for graduate school because no matter which professional field he considered as an undergraduate, he felt that there was no better way to help solve national problems than through public policy.

For Sean Stalpes, much of his job satisfaction comes from helping parties with different points of view reach consensus. The 2009 grad is an energy technologies specialist with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Professor Greg Nemet discusses the pros and cons of alternative fuels like fracked natural gas, methane hydrate, and tar sands oil in an article on

Wanting to develop a professional career in which he can apply his technical background in engineering to pressing policy issues, Phillip Duran came to the La Follette School to pursue a Master of Public Affairs degree, in addition to a master of science in environment and resources at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Three prize-winning La Follette School students shared their ideas for funding farm digester projects with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in a May 14 presentation.
Public institutions and private investors devote twice as much effort to developing energy supply technologies — such as new power stations — than on improving the efficiency with which energy is used, a report co-authored by professor Greg Nemet shows.

Alum Seth Nowak wants tenants and landlords to reduce their energy use, improve their relationships in the process and transform the rental housing industry.

Professor  Greg Nemet's research and analysis about cost reductions in energy technology  are featured in a column by The Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal.
Monday, October 8, 2012

Student wins energy fellowship

Second-year student Sam Shannon has received the Bunn Distinguished Graduate Fellowship from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies for the 2012-13 academic year.
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