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cybersecurity
Jeff St. John

The Colonial pipeline ransomware shutdown: A wake-up call for energy cybersecurity

How digital hostage-taking can bring about the breakdown of fossil fuel networks — and threaten the power grid.

The Colonial pipeline ransomware shutdown: A wake-up call for energy cybersecurity
building electrification
Jeff St. John

California's proposed building code boosts all-electric, but it doesn’t stop natural gas

Heat pumps will be the baseline tech, but natural gas can still be in new buildings through mid-decade at least. Will city and county bans push past state codes?

California's proposed building code boosts all-electric, but it doesn’t stop natural gas
building electrification
Lila Holzman, Daniel Stewart

Utilities can’t be for the Paris Agreement and against building electrification

Energy companies are making a bad bet on fossil fuels in buildings. Investors don’t want to take the hit.

Utilities can’t be for the Paris Agreement and against building electrification
distributed energy
Jeff St. John

Mainspring Energy raises $95M for linear generators to clean up the grid

The startup envisions its novel technology as a linchpin of a distributed, resilient and renewable power grid.

Mainspring Energy raises $95M for linear generators to clean up the grid
utilities
Jeff St. John

Why US utilities must cut carbon emissions faster — and how data can help get it done

A new report from RMI sets a tough schedule for closing fossil-fueled power plants. Its Utility Transition Hub compiles the data to help find a way.

Why US utilities must cut carbon emissions faster — and how data can help get it done
carbon emissions
Jeff St. John

IEA: Post-Covid carbon emissions on the rise

A reminder that carbon emissions must be decoupled from economic growth to yield persistent climate improvements.

IEA: Post-Covid carbon emissions on the rise
carbon emissions
Jeff St. John

US now ‘halfway to zero’ on electricity-sector carbon emissions

An LBNL report highlights the technology and economic changes that broke through pessimistic forecasts — and the challenges of cutting the rest of the power sector’s carbon footprint.

US now ‘halfway to zero’ on electricity-sector carbon emissions
distributed energy
Jeff St. John

How distributed energy can harden the Texas power grid

Natural-gas microgrids and battery-backed solar can hedge against climate change risk — maybe even without major policy changes.

How distributed energy can harden the Texas power grid
Diablo Canyon
Jeff St. John

California tees up 7.5GW procurement to replace Diablo Canyon. Is it enough?

Can solar and batteries, geothermal power and long-duration energy storage replace the state’s last nuclear plant by mid-decade without increasing carbon emissions?

California tees up 7.5GW procurement to replace Diablo Canyon. Is it enough?