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MISO's more forward-looking planning should complement the push by states, utilities, corporations, and consumers for more clean energy across the central U.S. Windtech/Wikimedia

Midwest Transmission Operator Looks to the Future and Sees Clean Energy

, senior energy analyst

In a proposal put forth on October 17th, MISO – which operates the bulk electric transmission system across the central U.S. – leaned into the undeniable transition towards renewable energy resources, emerging technologies like battery storage, and the growing momentum behind decarbonizing our economy. It’s a marked shift for MISO – one that should be recognized as proactive and forward looking. It’s also essential to ensure a modern grid is ultimately ready to support a clean and reliable electricity supply. Read more >

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Midwest Transmission Operator Planning for a High-Renewables Future

, senior energy analyst

Driven by clean energy policies, customer demand, and simple economics, renewable energy technologies are becoming the dominant part of our energy future. Studies consistently show that wind and solar technologies could produce far more electricity than we currently demand, but questions loom about the transmission system’s ability to enable this transition to clean energy and maximize its potential benefits.

A new study undertaken by the regional transmission operator serving much of the central United States is seeking answers to some of these questions. But navigating the complexity and uncertainty inherent in planning our electricity future is a daunting task. Read more >

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New Transmission Projects Will Unleash Midwestern Wind Power—And Save Billions

, senior energy analyst

As we look ahead to our clean energy future, a key piece of the puzzle is building the transmission system that will carry utility-scale renewable energy from where it’s generated to where it’s consumed. A recent study from the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator (MISO) shows that, when done right, transmission projects integrated with renewable energy can pay huge dividends. They decarbonize our electricity supply, improve efficiency, and lower costs to the tune of billions of dollars in benefits to electricity customers.

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Thinking Big: Wind Industry Is Moving to Taller Turbines. Will the Transmission System Be Ready?

, senior energy analyst

The wind industry is shifting to taller, more efficient turbines. When looking to the future, we should be thinking even bigger. Read more >

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Which Costs More? Transmission Lines for 10x More Renewable Energy, or Pipelines for 2x More Natural Gas

, Senior energy analyst

Two recent reports make clear that long-distance gas pipeline infrastructure will cost more than the transmission investment needed for achieving 80% renewable electricity. The Keystone XL pipeline is just one new pipeline – let’s think about the energy system we are building. Read more >

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UCS Files in Support of FERC’s Groundbreaking Transmission Rule

, former dir. of energy policy & regulation, Climate & Energy

On June 25, UCS joined the Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council in filing a motion for leave to intervene in a court challenge by several utilities to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) groundbreaking Order No. 1000, Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities. Read more >

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Roundup: Signs of Hope for Scientific Integrity and Public Health

Liz Borkowski , UCS

The first quarter of 2021 began with a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and ended with both the Biden administration and Congress having taken important steps to safeguard scientific integrity and speed COVID-19 vaccinations. Read more >

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President Biden's American Jobs Plan takes a big step forward on the path to a clean energy future. But we'll need more to complete the journey.

The American Jobs Plan Takes Next, but not Last, Step on Clean Energy

, senior energy analyst

President Biden’s new American Jobs Plan includes spending proposal on a wide range of infrastructure needs across the nation, many of them critically overdue. Eliminating the dangers of lead water pipes, repairing crumbling roads and bridges, and building the resilience of our communities to the myriad threats they face. It also includes a long overdue and critical down payment on our clean energy future. Combined with President Biden’s new push to develop the nation’s offshore wind resources this is a big step forward on the path to a clean energy future. But it is not as big and comprehensive as we need to swiftly decarbonize and address the urgency of climate change.   Read more >

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US Targets 30,000 Megawatts of Offshore Wind. How We Get There

, Senior energy analyst

The Biden administration has just set a goal of 30,000 megawatts of US offshore wind by 2030, and that’s got me thinking about the pieces that need to come together to make that possible. And there sure are a lot of them. The good news is that there’s positive movement with a whole lot of those pieces.

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We Have an Infrastructure Plan

, Senior Energy analyst

The Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan is a vision, an outline, an actionable course for how to advance desperately needed change. It needs work. It needs to be pushed on scale, and on scope. But it’s a plan. Which means we now have a plan to build from, and a plan to build on. Let’s build. Read more >

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Protecting Workers from COVID-19: Long Overdue Safety Standards Coming Soon from OSHA

, Research Analyst

Workers, their families, and their communities need and deserve strong, enforceable, and science-based protections from COVID-19. Now new leaders at the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are on the verge of providing those safeguards. It is widely expected that OSHA will soon issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from COVID-19. Read more >

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Masking the Danger: States Dismantle COVID-19 Safety Protocols at Our Peril

Governors and mayors across the country are relaxing or ending public health protections even as the risk looms large for increased transmission and a fourth surge of the coronavirus. The most jaw-dropping examples have been in Texas and Mississippi, where the governors have ended just about every restriction and public health protection, including mask requirements. Read more >

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Ask a Scientist: Pandemic Maps Tell the Story of Racial Inequity

, senior writer

Maps clearly show that neighborhoods with majority Black and Latino residents have higher coronavirus infection rates and lower vaccination rates than White majority neighborhoods. Read more >

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US Should Pledge to Cut Heat-trapping Emissions At Least 50 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

With the climate crisis growing ever more urgent, and intersecting with other racial injustice, socioeconomic and health crises, we must secure ambitious NDCs from major emitters like the US this year. Quite simply, 2021 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year. Read more >

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Polar Vortex Power Outages: 6 Things to Know about Supply, Demand, and our Electricity Future

, Senior energy analyst

The Polar Vortex hitting much of the US has wreaked havoc not just on roadways and airports, but also on our electricity systems, as plenty are experiencing first-hand right now. Past performance is no indication of what’s going to be coming at us. We know that climate change is bringing not just overall warming, but also more extremes at both ends. We also know that there are all kinds of ways that climate change affects our ability to keep the lights on.So we need to be ready, or readier, for situations like this. And it turns out that there are a lot of ways we can be. Read more >

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This Valentine’s Day is Time To Ask If Your Utility Has a Commitment Problem

, Senior Energy Analyst

Perhaps one of the most over-used Hollywood clichés is the non-committal partner. Sadly, electric utilities across the United States seem to have fallen in the same trope. Read more >

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Has Consumers Energy Found a Loophole in its Clean Energy Pledge?

, Senior Energy Analyst

Despite promises to go clean, Consumers Energy is looking to buy a gas plant. But there are far better options that are more flexible, will probably cost less, and don’t saddle customers with the unnecessary risk associated with investing in gas-fired power plants. Read more >

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Roundup: As COVID-19 Situation Worsens, Election Results Offer Hope

Liz Borkowski , UCS

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 worsened but the Trump administration continued to sideline science. Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election provided hope that a new administration will use science more effectively to meet this challenge and others. While the Trump administration rushed to finalize rules based on insufficient or distorted evidence, nonprofit organizations offered advice to the incoming Biden administration and worked to document problems that require rapid resolution. Read more >

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What to Look for on Clean Energy During Midwest 2021 State of the State Addresses

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Here are some things to look for in the 2021 Midwest governors’ state of the state speeches, as well as key clean energy developments generally in Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. Read more >

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4 Ways Tyson Foods Made 2020 Worse

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

As you celebrate the season (safely, please!), consider the source of the protein on your plate and its costs beyond the checkout stand. Because the handful of multinational conglomerates that produce and process industrial pork, beef, and chicken in this country are profiting at the expense of workers, farmers, consumers, and the planet. And in an industry full of terrible actors this terrible year, Tyson is perhaps the most terrible. Read more >

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Will Congress Let Clean Energy Momentum Stall Out During COVID?

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

While Congress provided federal assistance to some industries early into crisis, they have completely ignored others, like the clean energy industry. Read more >

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Another Reason Energy Costs are Higher in Winter

, Senior energy analyst

Energy suppliers are neglecting to offer up their supplies, and no one in charge is asking the right questions to protect electricity reliability and consumers when the market fails to provide. Read more >

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What’s the Role of Hydrogen in the Clean Energy Transition?

, Senior Energy analyst

Hydrogen has significant, sector-spanning potential, a carbon-free fuel that can be used in all sorts of otherwise-hard-to-decarbonize applications where fossil fuels have long been considered required. Truly, potential abounds. But, as ever, there’s a catch. Read more >

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President-Elect Biden Must Prioritize Coal Communities—and Here’s How

, senior energy analyst

President-elect Biden and his team must ensure that coal communities are not left behind in the transition to a clean energy economy. Fortunately, they have a ready-made blueprint. Read more >

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7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Wearing Masks, and Why Science Says They’re Wrong

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Seven reasons, mostly based on misinformation about masks, that people often use to explain why they choose not to wear masks, and the science that proves them wrong. Read more >

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