Just in case you are in the mood for a little hilarity, take a look as Mike Fell explores, photographically on Twitter, how heat pumps resemble George Clooney. 

Energy

ENERGY

Harnessing fossil fuels to generate energy –for electricity, transportation, heating and cooling– has enabled our huge growth over the past 250 years. Simultaneously, burning those fossil fuels has released, and continues to release, the CO2 that is the major cause of global warming and all its consequences.

We need both energy experts and environmental experts to collaborate in shifting from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to one based on renewables. Stanford University released one such plan.   

There are a wide variety of energy-related topics that we need to understand and acknowledge in our quest to preserve a livable planet. They include the development of renewables, of course, and the quest for safer nuclear (a clean energy source as far as CO2 is concerned).  Natural gas, which burns “cleaner” than coal or oil (and cheaper), has become a major player but, if safety measures aren’t carefully in place, it also releases methane (among other things), a powerful greenhouse gas, making it no kind of real solution.

This ENERGY section intends to explain the way energy currently works (explaining the sources, the role of utilities and transmission, and its uses, such as transportation, electricity, cooling and heating). It also explores the way a transition to renewables could look as we modify the grid, create energy storage through new battery technology and more exotic techniques, shift to electricity as our primary form of energy and, of course, find ways to conserve, one of the most important “sources” of energy-needs reduction — from light bulbs to smart thermostats and just plain reduction of use.

Electricity is produced by many different sources of energy, including, but not limited to, wind, solar, nuclear, and fossil fuels. The type and amount of emissions produced depend on how electricity is generated in your region. Go here and type in your zip code (or select a region) to view your power profile. 

There are various emerging “drawdown” techniques, which promise to reduce the CO2 load, but also involve capturing and storing carbon. Many of these NEW TECHNOLOGIES are covered here.

Every year, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Department of Energy produce Sankey flow diagrams showing where energy in the U.S. comes from and where it’s going….The first thing that grabs attention every year is how much of this energy consumption is “rejected energy.” That’s what is wasted as heat going up the chimney or out the exhaust pipe. ..The most obvious and disturbing number on the chart is the total of petroleum, coal, and natural gas….Our biggest problems are fossil fuel-powered cars, cars, and cars. They are grossly inefficient, and our world is designed around them. When we electrify them, the total energy going to them is only a quarter of what it is now.

CREDIT: FLOWCHARTS

The 2021 energy flow chart released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory details the sources of energy production, how Americans are using energy and how much waste exists. (click image to enlarge or download a PDF version).

CURRENT NEWS

A Bad Hurricane Season is Coming. How to Play the Energy Trade.

By Laura Sanicola 06/02/24
Storm watchers expect a bad hurricane season, and it could hit a key region for energy: the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 17 to 25 named storms—far more than normal.…
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America’s Entire Energy Story in a Single Oregon Canyon

By Jeva Lange 05/17/24
On a stormy May evening in 1882, approximately 10 gigawatts of electricity split from the sky above southeastern Oregon and struck a cattleman named Hiram Leslie as he approached his camp on the Owyhee River.
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All About the Gas

By Bill McKibben 05/08/24
It’s going to come down to gas. I’m writing this as I sit in a ‘listening session’ conducted by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Nashville, hearing arguments about how the giant utility should power the…
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Biden Administration Moves to Speed Up Permits for Clean Energy

By Coral Davenport 04/30/24
The Biden administration on Tuesday released rules designed to speed up permits for clean energy while requiring federal agencies to more heavily weigh damaging effects on the climate and on low-income communities before approving projects…
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New rules will slash air, water and climate pollution from U.S. power plants

By Maxine Joselow 04/25/24
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized an ambitious set of rules aimed at slashing air pollution, water pollution and planet-warming emissions spewing from the nation’s power plants.
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Is AI Really About to Devour All Our Energy?

By Robinson Meyer 04/16/24
wenty-five years ago, computers were on the verge of destroying America’s energy system. Or, at least, that’s what lots of smart people seemed to think. In a 1999 Forbes article, a pair of conservative lawyers,…
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Biden administration finalizes lightbulb efficiency rules

By Zack Budryk 04/12/24
The Biden administration on Friday finalized lightbulb efficiency rules first proposed in late 2022. The final rule will more than double the required efficiency level for the most common lightbulbs, from 45 lumens (the unit…
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“We will incinerate the planet”: Why some say nuclear power’s moment is now

By Javier E. David 03/29/24
Don't call it a comeback — nuclear power has been here for years. Now, atomic energy's prolonged winter in the U.S. energy mix could finally be in for a thaw. Why it matters: Fossil fuels…
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LPO Announces Conditional Commitment to Holtec Palisades to Finance the Restoration and Resumption of Service of 800-MW Nuclear Generating Station

By Jigar Shah 03/27/24
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced a conditional commitment of up to $1.52 billion for a loan guarantee to Holtec Palisades, LLC (Holtec Palisades) to finance the restoration and…
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Joe Manchin: Our energy policy is a success. President Biden should be proud.

By Joe Manchin III 03/18/24
I’m going to do something you probably haven’t heard me do much in the past three years: I want to congratulate President Biden for the record-breaking energy production we are seeing in America today. The…
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A New Surge in Power Use Is Threatening U.S. Climate Goals

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich 03/14/24
Something unusual is happening in America. Demand for electricity, which has stayed largely flat for two decades, has begun to surge. Over the past year, electric utilities have nearly doubled their forecasts of how much…
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Amid explosive demand, America is running out of power

By Evan Halper 03/07/24
Vast swaths of the United States are at risk of running short of power as electricity-hungry data centers and clean-technology factories proliferate around the country, leaving utilities and regulators grasping for credible plans to expand…
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KEY RESOURCES

Energy Efficiency & Building Decarbonization

05/08/24
New York’s six million buildings are responsible for around one-third of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. Advancing building energy efficiency and electrification is a cornerstone of the State’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and meet emissions…

Energy Infrastructure Update for January 2024

03/14/24
Columbia Gas received authorization to place in service its Virginia Electrification Project, which included modifying two compressor stations, increasing the certificated HP at a third station, and expanding one receipt point in Louisa, Goochland, and…

Electricity Grids and Secure Energy Transitions

10/23/23
Grids have formed the backbone of electricity systems for more than a century, delivering power to homes, factories, offices and hospitals. And their importance is only growing. The rapid adoption of new technologies such as…

Electricity Generation by State

09/08/23
Do you know where electricity comes from in your state? Depending on its location, energy can come from various sources, including nuclear, wind, and solar. There are also other power sources, like coal-powered energy in…

Birds And Transmission

08/01/23
Building the Grid Birds Need

World Energy Investment 2023

05/31/23
This year’s edition of the World Energy Investment provides a full update on the investment picture in 2022 and an initial reading of the emerging picture for 2023.

Tennessee Valley Authority: Additional Steps Are Needed to Better Manage Climate-Related Risks

01/30/23
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides electricity to 10 million customers in 7 states. TVA faces some climate-related risks that could affect its ability to generate and transmit electricity while keeping rates low. For example,…

Short-term Energy Outlook

10/12/22
Many households across the United States are likely to spend more on energy in the winter of 2022–23 compared with recent winters. Higher forecast energy expenditures are the result of higher fuel prices, combined with…

World Energy Outlook 2021

10/29/21
Against the backdrop of turbulent markets and a crucial meeting of the COP26 conference on climate change in Glasgow, the 2021 World Energy Outlook (WEO) provides an indispensable guide to the opportunities, benefits and risks…

Reports and Publications

10/08/21
The Future of Clean Hydrogen in the United States: Views from Industry, Market Innovators, and Investors

5 alternative energy sources to speed our transition away from fossil fuels

10/07/21
As climate change fuels more extreme weather events, and environmental disasters threaten wildlife and human health, more people are banking on clean, carbon-free energy to speed the world’s transition away from fossil fuels and slow…

Power Profiler

07/23/21
Electricity is produced by many different sources of energy, including, but not limited to, wind, solar, nuclear, and fossil fuels. The type and amount of emissions produced depend on how electricity is generated in your…

Stone Edge Farm

06/14/21
Imagine a lush, self-sustaining island that generates clean electricity, grows organic food and wine grapes, re-uses water, and creates fuel for zero emission vehicles.

US Energy Consumption Dropped 7.3 Quads in 2020

06/03/21
The single most important number here is the total estimated energy consumption of 92.9 quads. A quad is a quadrillion BTUs (1015) and is equivalent to the energy in 8,007,000,000 gallons of gasoline–it's big. In…

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data Explorer

05/21/21
The Data Explorer is an interactive tool that provides access to data from the EPA's annual Inventory of the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. You can use the tool to create customized graphs, examine…

Energy Explained

05/18/21
Your guide to understanding energy

U.S. Energy in the 21stCentury: A Primer

04/08/21
Since the start of the 21stcentury, the U.S. energy system has changedtremendously. Technological advances in energy production have driven changes in energy consumption, and the United States has moved from being a net importer of…

Clean Air Act: ElectricitySector and Greenhouse Gas Standards

03/21/21
Congress may continue to examine Clean Air Act (CAA)authorities and climate change issues as it deliberates on legislation and conducts oversightof the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Biden Administration has committed to reducing greenhouse…

Testimony Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate

03/20/21
Climate Change Is Expected to Have Far-reaching Effects and DOE and FERC Should Take Action.

Transition Towards a Decarbonised Electricity Sector

10/01/20
A Framework of Analysis for Power System Transformation.

Impact of Climate Risk on the Energy System

10/01/20
Examining the Financial, Security, and Technology Dimensions.

Taking Charge: Decisionmakers shaping the future of the power sector

09/04/20
The electric power industry is engaged in a massive transition toward resilient infrastructure and lower emissions. In a recurring series, Utility Dive talks to top regulators, executives and other decisionmakers to share new perspectives on…

2020 U.S. Energy &Employment Report

08/20/20
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) a nonprofit association representing the 56 energy offices of the states, territories, and District of Columbia, and the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), a nonprofit think tank based…

Rewiring America

08/07/20
A handbook for winning the climate fight. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the world the dire consequences of ignoring science and its predictions of global crises. But the pandemic was just a rehearsal for the climate…

How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

08/06/20
The US has everything it needs to decarbonize by 2035.

LIPA board OKs allowing municipalities to procure own energy

06/09/20
LIPA trustees on Wednesday approved a rule change that will bring a level of competition to electricity supply on Long Island by allowing local towns and villages to make wholesale energy purchases through contracts with…

2018 Case Study Report

02/20/20
Cities are ready for 100% clean energy.

Climate risk and decarbonization: What every mining CEO needs to know

02/10/20
Building a climate strategy won’t be quick or easy—but waiting is not an option.

U.S. Emissions Dropped in 2019: Here’s Why in 6 Charts

01/31/20
Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States dropped last year after a sharp increase in 2018, new data released Tuesday show. The drop resumed a long-term downward trend driven chiefly by a shift away from…

Our Energy Policy

11/09/18
The mission of OurEnergyPolicy is to facilitate substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues, and provide this dialogue as a resource for the American people, policymakers, and the media. OurEnergyPolicy does not have or endorse…

Carbonfund

08/01/19
Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.…

MORE NEWS

Clean Power Annual Market Report

03/07/24  
The clean power industry added a total of 33.8 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale clean energy projects in 2023, surpassing by 12.5% the previous annual installation record set in 2021. Solar and storage additions led…
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Biden EPA Narrows Power-Plant Rule With Plan For Later Curbs on US Gas Fleet

By Jennifer A Dlouhy   03/01/24  
The Biden administration is narrowing the scope of its pending rule to cut greenhouse gases from the electricity sector as it develops a new initiative to set stronger pollution limits for natural gas plants.
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Inside the E.P.A. Decision to Narrow Two Big Climate Rules

By Lisa Friedman   03/01/24  
Michael Regan, the E.P.A. administrator, said the Biden administration would meet its climate goals despite tweaking regulations on automobiles and power plants...
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A.I. Frenzy Complicates Efforts to Keep Power-Hungry Data Sites Green

By Patrick Sisson   02/29/24  
West Texas, from the oil rigs of the Permian Basin to the wind turbines twirling above the High Plains, has long been a magnet for companies seeking fortunes in energy.
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Chart: Nearly all new US power plants built in 2024 will be clean energy

By Julian Spector, Maria Virginia Olano   02/23/24  
Not long ago, people called wind, solar and batteries ​“alternative energy.” That old moniker has now lost its meaning: In 2024, the U.S. power industry is choosing clean energy for almost all its new capacity…
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Community Opposition and Grid Challenges Slow the Pace of Renewable Efforts, National Survey of Developers Shows

By Emma Foehringer Merchant   02/23/24  
In recent months, residents in Texas rushed a community meeting to challenge a nearby wind proposal. In Indiana, more than 70 people joined a lawsuit to stop a solar project in their town. And in…
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There Is a Stupidly Easy Way To Expand the Grid

By Emily Pontecorvo   02/20/24  
Ask any climate wonk what’s holding back clean energy in the U.S. and you’re likely to get the same answer — not enough power lines. But what if the problem isn’t the number of power…
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Big Oil claims Biden’s LNG pause harms national security — don’t believe the hype

By Russel L. Honore (Retd.) and Svitlana Romanko   02/17/24  
On Jan. 26, the Biden administration made what might be the most important decision on climate policy in history. Rather than rubber-stamping permits for new liquified natural gas export terminals — “LNGs,” in industry parlance…
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CU Boulder finds U.S. utilities on track to hit 100% renewable energy by 2060

By Olivia Doak   02/06/24  
A University of Colorado Boulder study found that utility companies nationwide are moving faster toward decarbonizing than state mandates, with companies leading the energy transition without waiting for policy to catch up.
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Why The U.S. Leads The World In Reducing Carbon Emissions

By Robert Rapier   02/04/24  
Following my previous story on the pause in U.S. liquefied natural gas exports, some readers had a hard time believing that the U.S. leads the world in reducing carbon emissions. Some suggested this was only…
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US counties are blocking the future of renewable energy: These maps, graphics show how

By Elizabeth Weise and others   02/04/24  
The U.S. has set a goal to reach 100% clean energy by 2035, but a nationwide analysis by USA TODAY shows that achieving it is increasingly unlikely – local governments are banning green power faster…
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DOE Invests $104 Million for Clean Energy Projects at Federal Facilities

By Sydney Leimbach   01/26/24  
The Department of Energy is investing $104 million in energy conservation and clean energy projects at 31 federal facilities across the United States.
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Solar and wind to lead growth of U.S. power generation for the next two years

01/16/24  
In our latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, we forecast that wind and solar energy will lead growth in U.S. power generation for the next two years. As a result of new solar projects coming on line…
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4 Nuclear Energy Storylines to Watch in 2024

01/14/24  
The United States posted some BIG wins in nuclear energy in 2023 and this year could be even bigger as the Biden Administration continues to implement its Investing in America agenda. The U.S. Department of…
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Renewables growth puts COP28 goals within reach, but acceleration is needed: IEA

By Diana DiGangi   01/12/24  
Renewable energy capacity worldwide “is expanding faster than at any time in the last three decades,” says a new report from the International Energy Agency, but this growth would need to increase to triple global…
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9 US power sector trends to watch in 2024

By Robert Walton and others   01/10/24  
The U.S. clean energy transition is expected to accelerate this year, buoyed by recent policy and other actions, but transmission and financing are among its challenges. The following is a snapshot of some of the…
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Pattern Energy Closes $11 Billion Financing of Largest Clean Energy Infrastructure Project in U.S. History

12/27/23  
Full construction underway on SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind, bringing clean power to 3 million Americans and over $20 billion in expected economic impacts
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Wall Street Makes Zero Progress in Energy Finance Transition

By Tim Quinson   12/14/23  
The world’s largest banks are showing little or no progress when it comes to their promise to help the world avoid the worst consequences of global warming. According to researchers at BloombergNEF, the ratio of…
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Why the OPEC+ Output Cuts Have Flopped

By Julian Lee   12/08/23  
Additional oil production cuts announced by members of the OPEC+ group last week are failing to impress the market. It’s no surprise why. According to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which acts as…
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Wind and solar pose climate threat too, oil giant Saudi Arabia argues

By Corbin Hiar   12/07/23  
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is urging nations to take action on what it suggests is a growing threat to the Earth’s climate — wind and solar power.
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The surprisingly simple way to convince people to go green

By Michael J. Coren   12/05/23  
Your decision to buy that heat pump or induction stove might feel like it came after much deliberation and research. You might want to thank your friends and family. Your trusted inner circle is one…
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The New Green Investment: Getting Clean Energy to Big Cities

By Amrith Ramkumar   12/04/23  
U.S. cities racing to cut their emissions are facing a roadblock: They can’t access the wind and solar power being developed in remote sites hundreds of miles away.
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As States Advance Clean Energy Projects, 2024 Looms as Pivotal Year

By Brian Watts & Courtney Durham Shane   11/28/23  
The U.S. is on the cusp of a major transition to clean energy, and 2024 is shaping up to be a critical year for the successful deployment of the technologies that will drive that transition.…
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Exclusive: New Tax Rules Could Make It Cheaper to Hook Up Clean Energy to the Grid

By Robinson Meyer   11/22/23  
It may soon be easier — and cheaper — to build a large-scale clean energy project in the United States. Under a new and little-noticed update to a climate tax credit published last week, the…
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U.S. Carbon Emissions Set to Fall Again, a Key Sign of Progress

By E&E News and Benjamin Storrow   11/21/23  
A projected drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions—one of the largest of the past decade—is still not enough to meet the country’s commitments under the Paris climate accord. U.S. emissions are on track to fall…
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How Electricity Is Changing, Country by Country

By Nadja Popovich   11/20/23  
Carbon-free electricity has never been more plentiful. Wind and solar power have taken off over the past two decades, faster than experts ever expected. But it hasn’t yet been enough to halt the rise of…
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Texas sees ‘bonanza’ in carbon storage market

By Elliott Woods, Capital and Main   11/11/23  
With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act last year, Congress and the administration of President Joe Biden made a colossal bet on nascent massive-scale technological solutions to…
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Nuclear Is Out, Hydrogen Is In: Where Countries Put Energy R&D Money

By Nathaniel Bullard   11/09/23  
Since the International Energy Agency was founded five decades ago, it has compiled data on the government research and development budgets devoted to energy in its 31 member countries. This lets us take a detailed…
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Half of US Is at Risk of Losing Power During Extreme Cold

By Will Wade and Naureen S Malik   11/09/23  
Power grids that supply more than half of the US population may run short of electricity during an extended cold snap or severe storm over the coming winter, according to industry regulators.
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Why It’s So Hard to Break Up With Your Utility

By Alana Semuel   11/08/23  
You might be hard-pressed to find anyone who actually likes their power company; rates just keep going up even as many utilities drag their feet on allowing renewable energy projects to connect to the grid.…
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Maintaining A Reliable Grid Under EPA’s Proposed 111 Rules Restricting Power Plant Emissions

11/07/23  
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed “111 rules” restricting greenhouse gas emissions have sparked debate about whether they will create consequences that threaten grid reliability. However, rather than raising new concerns, these objections principally raise…
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Maine considers electrifying proposal that would give the boot to corporate electric utilities

By David Sharp   11/05/23  
Taking a page from the “throw-the-bums-out” script in politics, Mainers are poised to vote on an unprecedented plan to rid themselves of the state’s two largest electric utilities and start with a clean slate.
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Orsted nixes two New Jersey wind farms as South Fork project proceeds

By Mark Harrington   11/01/23  
Even as offshore construction for its first wind farm in federal waters got underway Wednesday, energy giant Orsted announced a major retrenchment of its U.S. wind-energy ambitions by nixing two projects planned for the New…
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Stock Market News, Oct. 30, 2023: Dow Rises 500 Points, Indexes Close Higher; Oil Prices Fall

By Ryan Dezember   10/30/23  
Entergy shares are getting a jolt after the utility said it has agreed to sell its natural-gas distribution business serving New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La. to investment firm Bernhard Capital Partners for $484 million.
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Energy Dept. Pours Billions Into Power Grids but Warns It’s Not Enough

By Brad Plumer   10/30/23  
The Energy Department on Monday announced $1.3 billion to help build three large power lines across six states, part of a new gusher of money from Washington to upgrade America’s electric grids so they can…
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U.S. Electric Grid Will Get a $3.5 Billion Upgrade, DOE Announces

By Angely Mercado   10/19/23  
The Biden Administration announced plans on Wednesday to invest $3.46 billion to reinforce the nation’s electric grid.
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Electric Grids Are a Hidden Weak Spot in World’s Climate Plans, Report Warns

By Brad Plumer   10/17/23  
Even as clean energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles spread rapidly across the globe, most countries are falling perilously behind in building the power lines and electric grids needed to support…
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California governor signs bill to speed utility interconnections

By Robert Walton   10/09/23  
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, D, on Saturday announced he signed SB 410, aimed at speeding customer interconnections to the utility grid and helping the state to electrify buildings and vehicles. “It is imperative that we…
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$9 billion project aims to bridge east and west power grids, accelerate renewable energy

By Joshua Haiar   10/06/23  
There are few wind turbines west of the Missouri River in South Dakota, and some experts say a lack of transmission lines is the main reason.
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This utility’s undergrounding plan is causing sticker shock

By Wes Venteicher and Blanca Begert   10/05/23  
Pacific Gas & Electric has been banking on burying power lines underground — both as a solution to the catastrophic wildfires it’s been responsible for starting and to the crippling liabilities that forced it into…
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What the world would look like without fossil fuels

By Shannon Osaka   09/30/23  
In any given year, the world produces staggering quantities of fossil fuels. Roughly 36.5 billion barrels of oil. Over 8 billion metric tons of coal. The United States alone extracts and processes over 100 billion…
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New analysis shows how much PG&E bills could rise next year

By Julie Johnson   09/23/23  
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers will pay between about $25 and $31 more each month for energy next year, according new rate estimates from state regulators obtained Thursday by the Chronicle.
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State legislatures, Congress must do more to winterize power and gas systems, FERC says

By James Osborne   09/22/23  
A report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission warned Congress and state legislatures they need to require natural gas pipelines and power plants to better protect themselves against cold weather after a series of power…
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4. Auto giants link arms on EV grid services

By Ben Geman and Andrew Freedman   09/13/23  
Ford, Honda and BMW are forming a company called ChargeScape to "unlock entirely new value that EVs can provide to the electric grid," Ben writes.
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Update needed for 1872 mining law to boost clean energy, report says

By Timothy Puko   09/12/23  
Because of a 151-year-old U.S. mining law, miners hold claims on federal land for years at little cost, work in secret and frequently submit incomplete plans to environmental regulators, according to a new report Tuesday…
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Our climate change debates are out of date

By Noah Smith   09/08/23  
Solar and batteries are going to win, and our thinking needs to adjust accordingly.
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The Incredible Shrinking Energy Use of a Light Bulb

By Nathaniel Bullard   09/07/23  
Last month, new lighting energy efficiency rules took hold in the US, requiring new light fixtures to provide at least 45 lumens per watt of electrical input. While that does not ban incandescent bulbs per…
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The hidden digital roadblock that’s keeping green electricity off the U.S. grid

By Dan Charles   09/07/23  
One morning earlier this year, all seemed calm in the dimly lit, bunkerlike control room of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) here, which manages an electricity grid that stretches across the high plains from North…
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Hurricane Idalia is yet another test of America’s aging power infrastructure

By Alex Fitzpatrick and Kavya Beheraj   08/31/23  
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Idalia, getting the power back on as quickly as possible will be one of the most pressing challenges — and any major delays will once again call into question…
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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration’s Latest Actions to Support Communities Impacted by Maui Wildfires

08/30/23  
Since the onset of the unprecedented wildfires on Maui, Hawaiʻi, President Biden launched a whole-of-government effort to support survivors and affected communities, and as soon as Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green requested a Major Disaster Declaration,…
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