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The Climate Strike Inspires. So Do These 5 Signs of Clean Energy Progress

, Senior energy analyst

Climate change is serious. So are the tools we have for addressing it. Here are 5 images of clean energy progress to keep in mind. Read more >

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Three Possible Solutions to Uneconomic Coal Generation

, Senior Energy Analyst

 This year, utility regulators in Missouri and Minnesota are looking into a practice known as self-committing, which research from UCS shows is costing customers a billion dollars a year in unnecessary costs. Now that this uneconomic and inefficient practice has caught the attention of a few regulators it is time to dive deep into just a few options utility regulators and state policy makers could avail themselves of as potential solutions to uneconomic coal generation.

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What’s a Coal State to Do?

, senior energy analyst

As we collectively work to minimize the impacts of climate change, which we are already seeing today, we will transition to a clean energy economy—and we must ensure fairness to the workers in fossil fuel industries and the communities that depend on them. This is especially true for coal, which has helped keep the lights on for generations. Read more >

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Coal Power Trends: Visualizing the Decline of America’s Dirtiest Fuel

, Senior energy analyst

America’s dirtiest fuel is on the decline. Policy, market development, and technological progress are playing pivotal roles in this transition. While these components continue to change and progress, it’s important to recognize how far we’ve come to help us keep the momentum going. UCS Schneider Fellow Emma Spellman offers new visuals to helps us do just that. Read more >

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Xcel Energy's Sherco Generating Station Coal Power Plant Photo: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

The Billion-Dollar Coal Bailout Nobody Is Talking About: Self-Committing In Power Markets

, Senior Energy Analyst

Nearly two-thirds of the United States’ power plants operate in competitive wholesale markets.  Market rules typically prescribe that only the cheapest set of resources may run—nowadays, those are often renewable energy resources. Despite a growing trend of coal losing on cost to renewables and natural gas, coal generation remains a dominant player in many of these markets. Read more >

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