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.


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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An oil refinery stands in the background as children play on a basketball court in Port Arthur, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. AP Photo/David Goldman

With New FERC Office of Public Participation, You Can Help Shape Energy in Your Community

, Senior energy analyst

FERC’s is finally creating an Office of Public Participation, and it could be a great change for communities and organizations that are fighting for energy justice, better prices, or a say in what happens in their communities. Read more >

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The largest wind turbine in the world (prototype, on land, in Rotterdam) GE Renewables

New Offshore Wind Turbine Can Power a Home for a Day in Just 7 Seconds

, Senior energy analyst

The first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States may use the largest wind turbine in the world. Here are a few ways to think about what all that might mean.

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Renewables Have Beaten Coal 100 Days Already This Year. What You Need to Know.

, Senior energy analyst

If you need some good news at a time when there’s plenty of the less-good sort, try this: Renewable energy is crossing some really important milestones in its contribution to the US power sector. The latest involve its generation relative to coal’s: A year-to-date performance for renewables that is dramatically above any previous year’s, and a streak going on right now that hints at where our electricity supply needs to head, with renewables overtaking fossil fuels day by day. Here’s why we’re hitting those milestones. Plus some important next steps—for keeping the transition going, and making sure everybody has an opportunity to be part of the change. Read more >

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Two Clean Energy Programs from the Past that can Help Build to the Future

, senior energy analyst

A sustained downturn in clean energy industries puts hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars in investment at risk. Wind, solar, battery storage, and energy efficiency industries are all expecting significant job losses as projects are threatened by supply chain, financing, and workforce issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When we emerge from the pandemic’s immediate public health impacts, clean energy industries will need to rapidly ramp back up to get people working, support local economies, modernize our infrastructure, and keep us marching towards a truly clean and equitable energy future. Two powerful tools can help with that. Read more >

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