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. 



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.


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).


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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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

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 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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Electricity Grids and Secure Energy Transitions

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

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

Building the Grid Birds Need

World Energy Investment 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your guide to understanding energy

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

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

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

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

Transition Towards a Decarbonised Electricity Sector

A Framework of Analysis for Power System Transformation.

Impact of Climate Risk on the Energy System

Examining the Financial, Security, and Technology Dimensions.

Taking Charge: Decisionmakers shaping the future of the power sector

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

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

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

The US has everything it needs to decarbonize by 2035.

LIPA board OKs allowing municipalities to procure own energy

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

Cities are ready for 100% clean energy.

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

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

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

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.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.…


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

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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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

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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Natural gas from poop instead of fossils? This BYU bacteria could make it happen

By David Condos   08/29/23  
New scientific techniques pioneered at Brigham Young University point to the potential of converting animal and human waste into energy that can be used to replace natural gas from fossil fuels.
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Technologies to enhance the power grid exist, we just need to deploy them

By Philip Giudice   08/26/23  
The Inflation Reduction Act, which recently celebrated its first birthday, is building momentum toward our nation’s clean energy future. Unfortunately, our existing transmission system limitations threaten to undermine the law’s clean energy potential.
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The staying power of fossil fuel subsidies

By Ben Geman   08/25/23  
Well over a decade after high-profile international vows to rein in subsidies for producing and using fossil fuels, they remain deeply woven into government policies. Driving the news: Two new reports reach similar conclusions, 14…
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Enhancing EPA’s Proposed Carbon Standards on Gas Plants

By Amanda Levin and Maeve Sneddon   08/23/23  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed rules to curb carbon pollution from power plants. The rules provide long-overdue emissions rate limits for coal plants, new natural gas plants, and some existing gas plants.…
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‘Adding Insult to Injury:’ R.I. Needs Renewable Energy

By Tyson Bottenus   08/21/23  
For years, the residents of Rhode Island have had their sights set on offshore wind coming to our state to power pretty much everything. We got our first taste in 2016 with the Block Island…
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PG&E monthly bills might hop higher due to power line burials

By George Avalos   08/21/23  
A hearing officer with the state Public Utilities Commission is expected to issue a proposed decision in the coming days on PG&E’s general rate request that could trigger an array of impacts on monthly customer…
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Electricity companies face calamity as climate warms

By Nathan Bomey   08/17/23  
Power companies and grid operators increasingly risk financial calamity from natural disasters, with challenges intensified by operational hurdles, soaring costs and the effects of climate change.
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Trump-era Energy secretary to lead electric utility lobby group

By Rachel Frazin   08/16/23  
Dan Brouillette, who led the Energy Department under former President Trump, will lead a lobbying group for electric utilities, the group said Wednesday.
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The Clean Energy Future Is Roiling Both Friends and Foes

By Jim Tankersley, Brad Plumer and Others   08/16/23  
If there is anywhere in the country primed to welcome the clean energy transition, it is Penobscot Bay in Maine. Electricity prices there are high and volatile. The ocean waters are warming fast, threatening the…
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Why Texas regulators refuse to investigate role pipelines played in 2021 blackouts

By Chris Tomlinson   08/16/23  
If a gas station on an interstate highway raised prices by 1,500 percent during an evacuation from a hurricane, state and federal authorities would prosecute the owner to the fullest extent of the law.
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Power lines likely caused Maui’s first reported fire, video and data show

By Brianna Sacks   08/15/23  
At 10:47 p.m. last Monday, a security camera at the Maui Bird Conservation Center captured a bright flash in the woods, illuminating the trees swaying in the wind. “I think that is when a tree…
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Why lasers could help make the electric grid greener

By Julia Simon   08/13/23  
Jon Marmillo is looking up at a box sitting about 20 feet up the tower, full of laser sensors. He says he spends too much time staring up at transmission lines – including when he's…
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Hawaii utility faces scrutiny for not cutting power to reduce fire risks

By Brianna Sacks   08/12/23  
Four days before fast-moving brush fires engulfed parts of Maui, weather forecasters warned authorities that powerful wind gusts would trigger dangerous fire conditions across much of the island and Hawaii.
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Debunking Mike Pence’s Misleading Energy Ad

By Robert Rapier   08/11/23  
I have a lot more to cover on the recently released Statistical Review of World Energy. But today I need to make a digression, albeit one with a tie-in to the Review.
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Texas power use hits 3rd record this week in heat wave

By Ashitha Shivaprasad and Rahul Pawan   08/11/23  
Demand for power in Texas hit a record high on Thursday for the third time this week and the tenth time this summer as homes and businesses cranked up air conditioners to escape a lingering…
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Utilities say they want clean energy. So why are they opposing Biden’s plan?

By Sammy Roth   08/10/23  
The Rosemead-based electric utility — which serves 15 million people and, full disclosure, buys ad space in this newsletter — got 45% of its power from climate-friendly sources last year and has called for an…
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Northeast utility exits gas group to pursue ‘decarbonization’

By Miranda Willson   08/09/23  
A New England electric and natural gas utility is leaving a leading trade association for the gas industry to “redirect costs” and focus on decarbonization.
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Texas Power Prices to Surge 800% on Sunday Amid Searing Heat

By Naureen S Malik   08/08/23  
Texas power prices for Sunday surged more than 800% as searing heat pushes demand toward record levels and strains supplies on the state grid.
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Texas Power Grid Holds Up During String of 100-Degree Days

By Naureen S Malik   08/07/23  
The Texas power grid is withstanding a string of triple-digit temperature days in the state, spurring households and businesses to use a record amount of electricity.
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Opinion: The terrible climate hypocrisy at the top of Southern California Edison

By Leah C. Stokes   08/05/23  
With nearly 200 million Americans frying under extreme heat, and water off the coast of Florida reaching hot tub temperatures, Americans can see the climate crisis with their own eyes. We know we must cut…
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Extreme heat is affecting oil refineries in Texas, pushing up gas prices

By Spectrum News   08/01/23  
Multiple days of temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in the Southern states are affecting oil refineries in Texas and Louisiana, diminishing gas supplies and increasing prices.
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Grid Storage Of Electricity Will Continue To Be Dominated By Pumped Hydro

By Michael Barnard   07/31/23  
As the grid decarbonizes and everything electrifies over the coming decades, a key part of the end game is electricity storage. However, it’s not a prerequisite to getting started, otherwise we wouldn’t have been building…
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California has new weapons to battle summer blackouts: Battery storage, power from record rain

By Grace Toohey   07/28/23  
It’s a summertime sequence that’s become all too familiar in California: Extreme heat forces air conditioners into overdrive, which pushes the state’s power grid to the brink.
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A Bottleneck on the Grid Threatens Clean Energy. New Rules Aim to Help.

By Brad Plumer   07/27/23  
Federal regulators on Thursday approved new rules to speed up the process for connecting wind and solar projects to the electric grid, in an attempt to reduce the growing delays that have become one of…
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