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Is Your Minnesota Electric Cooperative Still Losing Money on Coal Power?

, lead Midwest energy analyst

UCS recently released a new analysis on the costly effects of how electric utilities operate their coal-fired power plants.

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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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Congress: Clean Energy Manufacturing and Building Is Our Future. Fund It.

, Senior energy analyst

The COVID-19 outbreak has created a public health crisis unseen in the age of modern medicine, and an economic crisis on the scale of the Great Depression. America’s ability to respond and recover with investments that improve public health and job security will shape this country for years. These investments should recognize the breadth and diversity of people and places in this country.

One industry that can help now save skilled jobs in rural areas and improve everyone’s health over the years while meeting society’s needs is clean, renewable energy. Often, new renewable energy facilities are the largest new construction or manufacturing projects in the counties that host them. Read more >

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How Clean Energy is Part of Economic Recovery after Pandemic

, Senior energy analyst

Policymakers looking to rebuild our economy must keep in mind peoples’ needs for the future after this public health crisis. Now, medical and safety needs for frontline workers are the first priority. Thinking about recovery, strengthening policies for the clean power sector and the people who work to build a cleaner and more robust energy supply will make us healthier in the future.  Congress can rebuild the economy with smarter investments in clean energy which will also lower the costs of electricity.

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Why Solar-with-Storage is a Leap Forward

, Senior energy analyst

Falling costs for both renewable energy and batteries has led to amazing offers to build hybrid plants. In regions where utilities seek contract price bids from new plants, renewable-storage hybrids are winning in side-by-side competition with conventional power plants. Understanding energy storage has become all the more important as the current wave of power plant proposals pair storage with renewables. Read more >

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