Renewable energy

Training with simulated electrical fire at the Center for Naval Engineering Firefighting School. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/US Navy

How FERC Transmission Reform Can End the Delay of a Cleaner Future

, Senior energy analyst

The way we plan and pay for our electric transmission imposes crushing cost burdens on new renewable energy development. The transmission assumptions used for new supplies need to be re-examined so we have a realistic basis for the requirements placed on new supplies that will be competing with existing energy supplies. 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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Renewable Energy Technology is Not Fully Helping Communities That Need it Most

Carolyn E. Ramirez, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, Northwestern University, , UCS

In the United States, renewable energy technology, like solar cells, is still mostly utilized by white populations when data show that communities of color are impacted most negatively by fossil fuel pollution and climate change. Read more >

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Snow covered Texas satellite Feb 15, 2021. NOAA

The Polar Vortex Has Killed 24 in Texas So Far. Who’s to Blame?

, climate scientist

As we watch most of the country being taken over by this polar vortex, we ponder whether climate change has anything to do with it, and if these extreme events will be more likely to happen in the future. We are transfixed at images coming from Texas, where the deep freeze took a hold of most of a state not used to it, and certainly not prepared for it. We hear about the energy outages, what caused them (and what didn’t), and what should be done to prepare for the next deep freeze.

However, when we think of that, the perspectives of people who are living through it all are an important component of the story that needs to be told.

My colleague Maegan Ramirez hails from El Paso and had a lot to say about the situation in Texas. I figured we should hear it in her own voice. 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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