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Solar vs Nuclear: The Tale of Two Energy Sources
Last year’s solar deployment numbers just came in, and they are, in a word, phenomenal. Utilities bought more new solar capacity than they did natural gas capacity: an astounding 22 states added more...
Rick Perry and the “Texas Approach” to Renewable Energy and Infrastructure
Rick Perry—Trump’s pick for the Department of Energy—saw how infrastructure can impact energy development when he was governor of Texas. Texas has a history of success producing energy. Two keys to...
Polar Vortex Returns. Will Wind Energy Be Left Out in the Cold?
The Polar Vortex in 2014 revealed issues with over-reliance on natural gas and under-appreciation of wind and customer demand response. The Union of Concerned Scientists is pushing to correct...
Climate Policy: Physical Reliability vs Economic Philosophy
As states get serious about reducing climate-harming carbon pollution, their decisions will guide how the electrical grid changes, for better or worse. These decisions are central to the people who...
Utility Chooses Wrong: Save Energy vs. Burn Fuel
When it’s hot, it’s hot. Do our plans for increasingly hot summers make sense, or are we going backwards on our energy policies? Consider these two simplified strategies: close the...
Solar Power Plants are the Future of Texas Power. Every Time.
Something unprecedented just happened on the renewable energy front in Texas that is likely to reverberate in energy markets across the country. ERCOT, the entity that manages the flow of electric...
Suddenly, the Future is Clear for Solar Energy
In the last 24 hours, the path to greater reliance on solar energy has become much clearer. The US Department of Energy-sponsored assessments of the benefits of solar and the tools for addressing...
One Million Solar Energy Systems Now Turned On in US
Around the country, solar advocates are cheering. One million solar installations (including nearly 950,000 rooftops) are now turned on somewhere in the US, a symbolic milestone signaling a...
Here Come Natural Gas Price Increases
Gas pipelines are in the news these days, and it seems like bad news for everyone. The pipeline owners’ trade association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), has just...
What Can Zootopia Teach Us about Solar Energy and the Duck Curve?
Symbolic slow-moving mammal. Photo: Carol Schaffer/Flickr Zootopia is a place where mammalian species, both predators and vegetarians, co-exist in harmony, and a female bunny overcomes prejudice to...