Mike Jacobs

Senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

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Michael Jacobs is a senior energy analyst with expertise in electricity markets, transmission and renewables integration work. See Mike's full bio.

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Flaws in a Mining Industry “Study” of the Clean Power Plan

Another day, another false study of the costs and benefits of the EPA Clean Power Plan. Read more >

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Clean Energy Microgrids, Storage, and Building Grid Resilience

The significant impacts of power outages are driving interest and technology innovation to provide electric power in a sustainable manner, even when the grid is damaged. An approach that’s growing in popularity and is becoming increasingly cost-effective is to combine solar plus storage to provide this added layer of reliability. Read more >

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Keys to Unlock Energy Storage for Micro-grids and Utility Grids

New energy storage technologies can make electric grids better as batteries become part of the electricity supply. Huge markets for storage and self-supporting micro-grids are coming, and not because of our renewable energy needs. One of the largest U.S. power plant owners, NextEra, recently predicted that storage may be used for all new peaking power plants within a decade! Read more >

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Solar Power Shines in Land of Oil and Wind

The news today of a large solar plant in Texas tells a story about the future of energy in a place with a rich energy past. Read more >

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Cheap Renewable Energy is Here. Why Doesn’t The Grid Plan For It?

Wind farms and solar arrays are setting new records for low energy prices, with wind under 2 ½ cents and solar under 4 cents when conditions are right. These are cheap prices, given electricity from new natural gas plants is in the 5-7 cents range, coal at 6-10 cents, and nuclear somewhere between 13 and 15 cents, according to one fleet owner (nuclear can be unpredictable). So why aren’t more electric grid operators incorporating this energy as they plan to meet grid needs? Read more >

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