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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Big News: 39 States and Their Utilities Write Plan for Deep CO2 Reductions

A major collaboration between officials from 39 states and 26 major utility companies shows how the eastern U.S. could cut carbon 42% by 2030 and reach 30% renewable energy in the electricity supply. Read more >

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That’s Not How Commerce Works—U.S. Chamber Wrong (Again) in New Clean Power Plan Report

Some sales efforts work from a false starting point. Some try to lead the gullible consumer by pretending to share an insider’s secret with them. Some fall back on old slogans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has employed all three of these tactics in its latest attack on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Read more >

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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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