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off-grid
Jeff St. John

Ikea and Rockefeller foundations pledge $1B to seed distributed clean energy in developing nations

The funding seeks to empower 1 billion of the estimated 2.5 billion who lack access to reliable electricity.

Ikea and Rockefeller foundations pledge $1B to seed distributed clean energy in developing nations
Duke Energy
Jeff St. John

North Carolina energy bill pits clean energy advocates against Duke Energy's plans for new gas plants

New GOP legislation would boost solar but replace coal plants with natural gas and scuttle many of the Democratic governor's proposed reforms.

North Carolina energy bill pits clean energy advocates against Duke Energy's plans for new gas plants
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
clean energy
Jeff St. John

Will Illinois finally manage to pass this massive clean energy bill?

A dispute over the future of fossil fuel power plants has tripped up a bill that would save solar and nuclear power and support energy workers and environmental justice.

Will Illinois finally manage to pass this massive clean energy bill?
solar power
Jason Deign

Is space-based solar ready for liftoff?

Caltech plans to advance a solar-from-space concept that was first proposed by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in the 1940s.

Is space-based solar ready for liftoff?
distributed energy
David Roberts

Why rooftop solar and home batteries make a clean grid vastly more affordable

Distributed energy is not an alternative to big power plants — it's a complement.

Why rooftop solar and home batteries make a clean grid vastly more affordable
Solar
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Can a new SunShot push the US toward 100% clean energy?

The Department of Energy has a new solar price goal — but getting to carbon-free electricity will require more sweeping changes in electricity strategy, experts say.

Can a new SunShot push the US toward 100% clean energy?
capacity market
Jeff St. John

PJM moves to curtail compliance with FERC policy that hinders state-subsidized clean energy

A long-running policy battle over the country’s biggest capacity market appears to be nearing an end. What the replacement policy will look like remains an open question.

PJM moves to curtail compliance with FERC policy that hinders state-subsidized clean energy
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
net metering
Jeff St. John

The battle over net metering 3.0 in California: Energy equity and the future of rooftop solar

Utilities and solar groups are fighting over the cost shift. But both agree the next stage in policy must bring low-income customers and fundamental grid needs into balance.

The battle over net metering 3.0 in California: Energy equity and the future of rooftop solar