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Note to the Department of Energy: The Grid Has Changed

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The electric grid is steadily evolving to incorporate growing levels of renewable energy, and it’s saving consumers money and maintaining reliability. However, an April memo from US Energy Secretary Rick Perry is critical of this fact and seeks to protect old plants from closing due to competition. Read more >

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Some Tough Questions for Rick Perry at DOE Budget Hearing

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

A look into the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the Department of Energy reveals a war on renewable energy, cuts to our national labs, and reduced capacity for federal R&D, science, and innovation. Read more >

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As Washington Flounders, Midwest Businesses Forge Ahead on Clean Energy

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

If you’ve been watching the news lately, it can be depressing.  With President Trump announcing that the United States will back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, his executive order to dismantle many climate policies, and the proposed EPA budget cuts, things look bleak for US leadership on climate.

But there’s hope! Despite all the negative attacks on clean energy at the federal level, clean energy momentum is happening, including in the Midwest. Read more >

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How Do We Get to 100% Renewable Energy? Could be Storage, Storage, Storage

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

As communities, companies, and even entire Midwestern utility companies move to supply 100% of electricity needs from renewable energy, the question presents itself: is this even possible? The answer, it turns out, is yes—and it’s made possible by the technical capabilities of advanced energy technologies (and especially storage).
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Wind Keeps Creating Jobs, Even as We Pull Out of Paris

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

President Trump announced last week that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement because, he said, it would impose “draconian financial and economic burdens” on the US. This classic fossil fuel industry rhetoric of pitting the economy against the environment (in this case the climate and future of our planet) has been proven time and time again to be a false choice. The latest, impressive US wind industry results show that more clearly than ever. Read more >

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