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EPA plans sweeping regulatory strategy for power plants

By Ethan Howland Photo: Mark Wilson via Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to issue a series of proposals covering air, water and waste pollution from power generators, especially coal-fired power plants, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Thursday.


Heavy hitters form $500M joint venture to expand community solar to disadvantaged communities

By Eric Wesoff Photo: Joe Amon via Getty Images

Reactivate, a new joint venture with half a billion dollars in backing, says it has figured out how to profitably develop community solar projects to serve low- to moderate-income communities.


Heat pumps could be key to fighting climate change, but how? We answer your burning questions

By Sabrina Shankman Photo: Ryan Huddle

Massachusetts has sworn to get 1 million homes and other buildings off fossil fuel by the end of the decade, a target made even more urgent by recent revelations that the climate is in worse condition than previously thought. But, as we reported earlier this week, the state is way behind.


Heat Pumps Are Ready to Have a Moment

By Brian Kahn Photos: Getty Images

It took nearly 170 years, but geothermal heat pumps are finally ready to have a moment. The poorly named appliance—they heat and cool buildings—could be the key to ensuring our homes are more comfortable and climate pollution-free.


The Climate Crisis

We’re reaching the endgame on the climate crisis, as news from both poles made clear this week. In the Antarctic, researchers reported first data from uncrewed submarine trips beneath the crucial Thwaites Glacier


The battle over climate change is boiling over on the home front

By Steven Mufson Photo: Barbara Sax/AFP/Getty Images

Municipalities want new buildings to go all electric, spurning gas-fired stoves and heating systems. The gas industry disagrees


Proposals to prohibit natural gas bans may threaten cities’ clean energy goals

By Karen Uhlenhuth

Kansas and Missouri may become the next states to block cities from banning natural gas, with hearings on legislation in both states expected soon.


What clean energy might look like in 2021

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen Photo: Uncredited

2020 was undoubtedly one of the most tumultuous years in American history — one that was rocked not only by a global health pandemic but also by unprecedented political divisions that infiltrated most facets of life in the country. Despite these trials taking the forefront in most minds, a pause button is never pushed on another even more daunting challenge: climate change.


How a small Wisconsin city became a renewable energy leader

By Stephanie Manuzak

With a population of only about 16,000, River Falls, Wisconsin, is not a big city, but it’s taken big steps to promote renewable energy and help its residents cut carbon pollution. “You build up a conservation ethic within the community, and that then becomes expected that this is what we do in River Falls,” says Mike Noreen, the city’s conservation and efficiency coordinator.


Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2020

By Noah Garcia

In September, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2020 so far. With a tumultuous 2020 largely in the rearview mirror, we now look back on the 10 trends that defined the utility regulatory arena this year. Below is an executive summary of the complete roundup. (You can read AEE’s full version here, with links to specific proceedings.)