Clean Energy Momentum

From solar panels on Hawaiian roofs to wind farms off Rhode Island’s coast, clean energy is gaining unstoppable momentum. Join our experts in analyzing where and how the progress is occurring.


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Hitting 1 Trillion. Think Clean Electrons, Not Stylish Electronics

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

You may have heard that Apple just passed the $1 trillion mark in terms of its market capitalization, the first company ever to reach those lofty heights. Less ink has been spilled on a different 1 trillion figure, but it’s one that’s well worth noting, too. According to Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), we just shot past the headline-worthy figure of 1 trillion watts (that is, 1 million megawatts, or 1,000 gigawatts) of wind turbines and solar panels worldwide. And you can bet there’ll be another trillion watts right behind.

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Ever Heard of Microgrids? They’re Awesome—Here’s Why

, Energy analyst

Most people rely on a massive centralized power system. It doesn’t have to be that way. 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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California Takes Another Run at 100 Percent Clean Electricity

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Last year, SB 100 passed the California State Senate, but stalled in the Assembly. The good news today is: it’s now scheduled for a hearing on July 3rd! Read more >

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A Great Day for Offshore Wind: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey All Go Big

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Offshore wind power is a powerful, plentiful resource, but that doesn’t mean that it’s been a slam dunk in terms of getting it into the US electricity mix. Movement forward on offshore wind in three different states, though, made yesterday a day to celebrate. Read more >

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