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Emma Foehringer Merchant

Emma Foehringer Merchant

Emma is a contributing writer at Canary Media. She has covered clean energy and climate change at publications including Greentech Media, Grist and The New Republic.

rolling blackouts
Emma Foehringer Merchant

As blistering heat sets in, power grids in the Western US face a new round of challenges

In California and Texas, heat waves underscore challenges for electric grids under stress made more acute by climate change.

As blistering heat sets in, power grids in the Western US face a new round of challenges
first solar
Emma Foehringer Merchant

First Solar plans factory expansion in Ohio, hands Biden administration a US manufacturing win

The largest U.S. solar manufacturer will open another plant in Ohio.

First Solar plans factory expansion in Ohio, hands Biden administration a US manufacturing win
California
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Western wildfires suppressed solar output in 2020

Wildfires exacerbated by climate change darkened the skies above solar projects across the U.S. West last year.

Western wildfires suppressed solar output in 2020
electric vehicles
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Tackling the electric vehicle buyer gap

Electric car sales skew toward the wealthy. Can stronger incentives and better program design change that?

Tackling the electric vehicle buyer gap
climate change
Emma Foehringer Merchant

ESB and GreenCom's heat pump pilot shows promise for balancing the grid

Ireland's government wants to install 600,000 heat pumps by 2030. That could save energy and shift consumption to times of lower grid demand.

ESB and GreenCom's heat pump pilot shows promise for balancing the grid
arizona
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Arizona passes rule for 100% carbon-free electricity but extends timeline

The state will now aim to reach carbon-free electricity by 2070, not 2050.

Arizona passes rule for 100% carbon-free electricity but extends timeline
residential solar
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Solar design startup Aurora Solar hits the big time with $250M investment

The funding round pops the startup's valuation to $2 billion, big money in the solar software space.

Solar design startup Aurora Solar hits the big time with $250M investment
arizona
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Arizona may resurrect efforts to commit to 100 percent carbon-free electricity

Arizona's failed clean electricity proposal could live to see another day.

Arizona may resurrect efforts to commit to 100 percent carbon-free electricity
coal
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Another bad year for coal

U.S. coal shipments hit new lows in 2020, according to new data.

Another bad year for coal
Solar
Emma Foehringer Merchant

The political fight over solar tariffs wages on

New administration, same old problems for solar industry players who want to see the Section 201 tariffs dissolved.

The political fight over solar tariffs wages on