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One Lesson For DOE From Harvey & Maria: Fossil Fuels Aren’t Always Reliable

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The US Department of Energy has proposed that paying coal plants more will make the grid reliable. But last month, three feet of rain from Hurricane Harvey at a coal plant in Fort Bend, Texas complicated the messaging around the reliability of fossil fuels in extreme weather. The vulnerability of power grids to storm damage is also on horrible display in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Read more >

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A Quick Guide to the Energy Debates

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

There’s an energy transition happening with major implications for how we use and produce electricity. But not everyone agrees on which direction the transition should take us. The ensuing debate reveals deeply-held views about markets, the role of government, and the place for state policies in a federal system. Read more >

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After a long hiatus, the wind power industry is poised to grow significantly in Wyoming over the next several years. Photo: Flickr, Wyoming_Jackrabbit

As Coal Stumbles, Wind Power Takes Off in Wyoming

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

After several years of mostly sitting on the sidelines, Wyoming is re-entering the wind power race in a big way. Rocky Mountain Power recently announced plans to invest $3.5 billion in new wind and transmission over the next three years. This development—combined with the long-awaited start of construction on what could be the nation’s largest wind project—will put Wyoming among the wind power leaders in the region. That’s welcome news for a state economy looking to rebound from the effects of the declining coal industry. Read more >

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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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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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