For the long-plodding electricity sector, “transition” doesn’t begin to convey the stunning magnitude of what this decade just saw transpire. At the same time, the magnitude of what’s just occurred is only beginning to approach the magnitude of what we need to achieve in the years to come.
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December 20, 2019 5:15 PM EDT
California Wildfires and Power Outages Signal Long Road Ahead, But Climate Ambition Sets the Right Course
November 1, 2019 12:10 PM EDT
In California, this fall marked the third consecutive year of catastrophic blazes ripping across the state. It marked the first year in which those blazes were accompanied by the widescale deployment of multi-day, multi-city pre-emptive power outages.
September 24, 2019 3:02 PM EDT
In the face of severe storms, utilities are investing billions of dollars in grid hardening to boost electricity resilience. But in the aftermath of such storms, vast numbers of restoration workers have also proven key to bringing power back fast. And those workers can add up to significant, and potentially repeating, costs. Read more >
July 9, 2019 11:17 AM EDT
Sweltering summer weather presents challenges for the power grid, with air conditioners sending electricity use surging and high temperatures causing some equipment to stumble. But maintaining reliable grid operations is essential for health and safety in the face of high temperatures—and is ever more so as global warming threatens to make conditions even more severe. To overcome these challenges, the power grid deploys a range solutions, all the way from calling on rarely used power plants to asking customers to shift the timing of their non-essential electricity use. Recently, new technologies have emerged that enable solutions that are not just cheaper but cleaner, too. Read more >
June 24, 2019 4:33 PM EDT
The result is a rule that does not actually require any minimum emissions reductions and is, at very best, estimated to achieve a half percent of additional emissions reductions by 2035. Read more >