Summer Scholar 2013 -- City Energy Usage
I worked on a Chicago energy usage research project with Chicago 2010 Census data. The aim of my project was to analyze Chicago's gas and electricty usage to determine what community areas, income brackets, and building types use the most energy. I focused on the relationship between a building's age and the building's energy usage. The overall goal of this project is to inform future energy policy in Chicago by showing where improvements can be made.
Summer Scholar 2012 -- Renewable Portfolio Standards Webtool
John Gueringer is a high school summer intern from Lindblom Math & Science Academy (LMSA). He is working as a researcher and programmer on an RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard) feasibilty project. An RPS is a mandated amount of electricity that is to come from renewable sources of energy by a certain year. Because RPS's differ from state to state, and there are so many variables that affects each plan's feasibility, the project includes an RPS calculator (in Tools & Data section). The RPS Calculator is aimed at helping the user understand the feasibility of a particular RPS plan outlined by the state.
*Calculator currently functioning for Illinois only.