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Which of the cleaner states import dirty electricity?

Which of the cleaner states import dirty electricity?

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In the United States, electricity generation accounts for nearly 30% of our carbon emissions. Some states have responded to that by setting aggressive renewable energy standards; others are hoping to see coal propped up even as its economics get worse. Complicating matters further is the fact that many regional grids are integrated, meaning power generated…
Nuclear slower and costlier than renewables, states anti-nuclear report

Nuclear slower and costlier than renewables, states anti-nuclear report

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Enlarge / Indian Point nuclear plant, due to be closed in 2021. Renewable power is capable of reducing more carbon emissions per dollar and per year than nuclear energy, according to the recently released World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR). The WNISR is about the nuclear industry, not by the nuclear industry—it's actually produced by…
Wind power costs now lower than the expense of gas

Wind power costs now lower than the expense of gas

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This week, the US Department of Energy released a report that looks back on the state of wind power in the US by running the numbers on 2018. The analysis shows that wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine. As a result, recent…
New Dark Energy Data Emerges from Misshapen, Distorted, Ancient Voids

New Dark Energy Data Emerges from Misshapen, Distorted, Ancient Voids

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This image from NASA shows a cloud in space (Molecular Cloud Barnard 68, to be precise) that looks a bit like a void, but isn't one. Real voids don't look like much of anything from Earth... because they aren't much of anything. Credit: FORS Team, 8.2-meter VLT Antu, ESO There are voids in the universe,…
Sustainable electrical energy vanquished coal for the very first time in April

Sustainable electrical energy vanquished coal for the very first time in...

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Enlarge / Wind turbines near Palm Springs, Calif. A remarkable thing happened in the US in April. For the first time ever, renewable electricity generation beat out coal-fired electricity generation on a national level, according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA). While renewable energy—including hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass—constituted 23 percent of the nation's…
Report: Tesla dealing with battery-cell R&D to loosen up ties with Panasonic

Report: Tesla dealing with battery-cell R&D to loosen up ties with...

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Enlarge / A Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric automobile sits connected to a charger inside a Tesla store in Munich, Germany, on Monday, March 30, 2015. According to a report today from CNBC, Tesla is working on research and development of battery cells in a lab near its manufacturing facility in Fremont, Calif. Five…
At Home hearing, witnesses for Trump admin safeguard fuel economy rollback

At Home hearing, witnesses for Trump admin safeguard fuel economy rollback

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Enlarge / Cars and trucks drive along Interstate 75/85 June 25, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Trump administration has been trying to roll back Obama-era fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles out to model year 2025. But the state of California and its allies have been fighting this rollback in every venue possible. Today, energy…
At Home hearing, witnesses for Trump admin safeguard fuel-economy rollback

At Home hearing, witnesses for Trump admin safeguard fuel-economy rollback

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Enlarge / Cars and trucks drive along Interstate 75/85 June 25, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Trump administration has been trying to roll back Obama-era fuel-economy standards for passenger vehicles out to model year 2025. But the state of California and its allies have been fighting this rollback in every venue possible. Today, energy and…
Federal expense would permit tidy energy business to structure like oil business

Federal expense would permit tidy energy business to structure like oil...

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Enlarge / Wind turbines near Palm Springs, Calif. Last week, US senators and representatives introduced bills in the Senate and the House to open up a type of corporate structure originally reserved for oil, gas, and coal companies to clean energy companies. Called a Master Limited Partnership (MLP), the structure currently allows fossil fuel companies…
After June fires, energy group states hydrogen is future’s fuel

After June fires, energy group states hydrogen is future’s fuel

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Enlarge / A hydrogen filling station. Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images Hydrogen fuel facilities experienced two fires this month in Santa Clara, Calif., and in Norway. But despite these setbacks, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Friday saying that the fuel is an important potential part of a low-carbon future. The…

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