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Flexible demand programs can boost renewables integration at the neighborhood and grid level. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

One Way to Boost Renewables? Let Flexible Demand Lend a Helping Hand

, Senior Energy analyst

The power grid has been designed, operated, and financially oriented around fossil fuels for decades. The legacy runs deep. Which makes a key topic in the energy transition “renewables integration,” or the technology, policy, and market changes needed to bring, and keep, ever higher levels of renewables online. One such switch? Fully valuing and mobilizing flexibility in electricity demand, the subject of a new issue brief from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Read more >

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The US Power Sector’s Decade In Review: Clean Energy Ascendant, Fossil Fuels Intransigent

, Senior Energy analyst

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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President Trump Badly Losing his War on Federal Funding for Clean Energy

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

President Trump is not a fan of clean energy. Some might even say that he’s declared “war” on clean energy by trying to prop up uneconomic coal, appointing pro-fossil FERC Commissioners, stalling permits for offshore wind, and his annual budget requests which gut federal clean energy investments.

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Three Ways Advocacy Has Enabled Market Forces to Clean up the Power Grid

, Senior Energy Analyst

Market forces are powerful—but advocacy by independent groups has played a critical role in making sure economics and market forces can do their job. Read more >

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Illinois Must Act on Clean Energy in 2020

, Energy policy analyst

Last week the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that they will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change in the absence of federal action, it is more important than ever for states to act. Across the Midwest states are introducing 100% clean energy bills. But none are as comprehensive or progressive as Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). Read more >

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