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Energy loss is single biggest component of today’s electricity system

By Karin Kirk

Traditional electricity generation has a thermodynamics problem: Burning fuel to generate electricity creates waste heat that siphons off most of the energy. By the time electricity reaches your outlet, around two-thirds of the original energy has been lost in the process.


Researchers Find Benzene and Other Dangers in Gas Piped to California Homes

By Elena Shao Photo: Brett Tryon

The gas that is piped into millions of California homes contains hazardous air pollutants including benzene, a chemical linked to cancer, a new study found.


How to electrify everything, and why

By Larissa Johnson Photo: AP/Orlin Wagner

If you’re like most people, you probably only think about energy when filling up your car or paying a hefty electric bill. You probably don’t know that, since 1992, October has been designated “Energy Awareness Month.”


Feeling Overwhelmed About Going All-Electric at Home? Here’s How to Get Started

By Dan Gearino Photo: Leon Neal, Getty Images

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I went to a room in the basement of a library in Upper Arlington, Ohio, for the first meeting of a group trying to go all-electric and ditch fossil fuels.


California Moves to Ban Natural Gas Furnaces and Heaters by 2030

Angel Adegbesan

California is committing to a plan that will make it the first US state to phase out gas-fueled furnaces and water heaters in homes, a move environmentalists are betting will provide a template for other states.
The Golden State will ban the sale of all new natural gas-fired space heaters and water heating appliances by 2030, under a proposal unanimously approved by the California Air Resources Board on Thursday.


A decade after FERC tried to tackle New England gas issues, concerns remain and solutions are uncertain

By Robert Walton Photo: Alexey Lesik, Getty Images

The New England energy system faces natural gas supply constraints that could threaten electric grid reliability this winter. It is an issue that has existed for years, and one that federal regulators have struggled with before.
At an all-day technical conference on Thursday in Vermont, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission heard more than two dozen regional stakeholders discuss New England’s gas woes. The discussion followed in the footsteps of a similar meeting FERC hosted 10 years ago in Boston.


Tips on saving money while helping the environment through the Inflation Reduction Act

By Teresa Murray Photo: Olivier-Le-Queinec, Shutterstock

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 represents a historic investment in clean energy. The new law with $369 billion dedicated to clean energy could bring consumers tens of thousands of dollars in tax incentives and discounts and nearly $2,000 a year in savings from reduced energy costs, while creating millions of new jobs in construction, service and manufacturing over the next decade. Supporters believe that cleaner air also will prevent thousands of premature deaths a year that stem from indoor and outdoor pollution.


Can the Northeast slash carbon and keep the lights on?

By Miranda Wilson and Others

New England needs to start pivoting away from natural gas to address its longstanding electric reliability issues, even as it leans on the fuel in the short term to keep the lights on, the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday.

Richard Glick’s comments came during an all-day conference aimed at solving a longstanding issue facing the six New England states: how to keep the power on during the depths of winter, when the region’s gas pipeline capacity is strained.


Donnel Baird Raises Over $100 Million For BlocPower By Discovering The Right Problem To Solve

By David Reimer

Donnel Baird created BlocPower to solve a huge problem that’s central to the global effort to address climate change. It is such a big problem that investors have poured over $100 million in debt and equity financing into the company to help him solve it. Nearly one-third of the carbon emissions generated in the United States comes from the energy required to heat buildings. Most of that energy comes from oil and gas which leads to the carbon emission problem. Donnel ultimately wondered, “what if we could change the source of energy? What if we could electrify buildings instead?”


Finally, a heat-pump water heater that plugs into a standard outlet

By Jeff St. John

Last month’s launch of Rheem’s ProTerra 120-volt heat pump water heater might not seem like a big step forward in the fight against climate change. In terms of home electrification accessories, it’s not as sexy as a rooftop solar array, Tesla Powerwall battery or Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.