Renewable energy


Solar Power Shines in Land of Oil and Wind

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

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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Department of Energy Analysis Shows the Vast Economic Potential of Renewable Energy

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

A new analysis released by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows renewable energy sources like wind and solar have the economic potential to supply from 35 percent to as much as 10 times our nation’s current power needs. This is welcome news coming on the heels of the EPA releasing its final Clean Power Plan to limit power plant carbon emissions and a spate of ambitious renewable energy goal announcements. It clearly demonstrates that U.S. can affordably accelerate the transition to a safe and reliable low-carbon energy future. Read more >

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

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

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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Four Ways the Final Clean Power Plan Limits the Rush to Natural Gas

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Earlier this week we watched history being made as President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy announced the release of the final Clean Power Plan, setting the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from power plants. The final plan includes a major improvement that UCS has championed over the last year: measures that help limit a rush to natural gas as states work to cut their carbon emissions. That’s good news for consumers, and for the climate. Read more >

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Final Clean Power Plan Takes Key Steps to Ensure Reliable Electricity. Now What?

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

In the past year, utility organizations went to the microphones to call out the EPA for making the draft Clean Power Plan without adequate time or attention on grid reliability. There were numerous reports prepared by utility planners raising alarms about insufficient time to plan for a cleaner power supply, while others showed no technical obstacles to raising the mix to 30-40% renewable energy. Read more >

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