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Utilities announce collaborative electric vehicle charging network

By Zack Budryk Photo: Edison Electric Institute
A coalition of dozens of U.S. electrical utilities on Tuesday announced plans to collaborate on a charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) with a goal of charging ports along all major U.S. travel corridors by…

Renewable energy will reach new heights in 2022

By Brayden Gerrard Photo: Ein Dahmer on Wikimedia Commons
Record additions planned for next year mean the clean energy transition looks better than ever

Renewable energy in the U.S. nearly quadrupled in the past decade, report finds

By Tik Root Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
The proportion of electricity the United States gets from solar and wind nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2020. While geothermal generation remained relatively flat, the three technologies combined for an annual increase of nearly 15…

The International Energy Agency Aims for Net-Zero by 2024

By Sami Grover Photo: PBNJ Productions / Getty Images
Whether it’s promoting building efficiency or pushing for renewables, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been talking about decarbonization for quite some time. Now the agency is putting what it preaches into practice, announcing a…

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

By Jon Huang, Claire O’Neill, and Hiroko Tabuchi
Amount of household electricity required to mine one coin: a few seconds’ worth. Bitcoin’s value: basically nothing. Today, you’d need a room full of specialized machines, each costing thousands of dollars.

More Power Lines or Rooftop Solar Panels: The Fight Over Energy’s Future

By Ivan Penn and Clifford Krauss Photo: Tamir Kalifa
The president and energy companies want new transmission lines to carry electricity from solar and wind farms. Some environmentalists and homeowners are pushing for smaller, more local systems.

Lithium is abundant, so extraction economics and culture matter

By Michael Barnard Photo: USGS
Lithium was once used to treat perceived mental health challenges, and now its availability or lack thereof is making markets swing. In the 1950s, Canada was a player in the international lithium market, with a…

‘An unlikely alliance’: US investor-owned utilities and NGOs partner to advance new carbon-free tech

By Ben Fowke and Armond Cohen Photo: Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images
The stakes for taking decisive action to slow and reverse climate change have never been greater. President Joe Biden clearly recognizes the urgency, which is why he wants to slash U.S. carbon emissions in the…

Mark Jacobson on the clean energy transition

By Adam Aron and Mark Jacobson
I’m interested in what you have to say about demand reduction. There’s been a rapid rise of renewable energy and it’s going to accelerate even more, but total energy use for the world accelerates much…

Ethanol: The fuel behind the “dot-corn bubble”

By Parker Hughes
Progress: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was established in 2005 by the Energy Policy Act and upgraded via the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In a nutshell, the RFS, which is administered by…