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Leaked DOE study draft: U.S. grids are getting more reliable, not less

A leaked draft of the study ordered by DOE Secretary Perry appears to show what we already knew: That grids are getting more reliable, not less, as wind and solar are added. But the political tampering with the facts may already be happening.

U.S. Department of Energy backs solar with further $46 million for SunShot Initiative

The funding is for 48 identified solar projects spanning two SunShot programs designed to advance solar power technologies in the U.S.

Tesla, Neoen to build world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Australia

The installation will be paired with a wind farm in South Australia. At 129 MWh, it will become the world’s largest lithium ion battery project, and is being developed in conjunction with French renewable energy firm Neoen.

NREL turns 40 amid questions about its future

DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratories has built up an impressive list of accomplishments over the last 40 years. But can it survive the Trump Administration’s budget ax?

HECO grid plan could enable 3x as much rooftop solar in Hawaii

Six months after regulators rejected the first plan, HECO has proposed another vision for the state’s electric grid, which is heavier on software than hardware.

Great Recession-level economic losses could become reality if climate change left unchecked, research shows

Inequality will widen with many poorer parts of the US on course to see their income reduced by 20% if climate change continues to accelerate.


Brattle Group finds no need for “baseload” on the grid

The group’s report for NRDC attempts to put to rest one of the central myths underlying U.S. Energy Secretary Perry’s pending report on the nation’s grid

U.S. cities move forward on the Energy Transition, without Trump

The annual U.S. Conference of Mayors has endorsed a 100% renewable energy target for 2035, electrification of transport and other measures, following 31 cities setting or already meeting 100% renewable energy goals.


DOE grid study release delayed until July

Secretary Perry’s promised study of whether renewables are shutting down baseload coal and nukes and potential impacts on reliability will have to wait until July.

Cheap gas and renewables are making merchant power untenable (w/ charts)

A new report by Power Research Group and Wilkinson Barker Knauer finds that cheap natural gas, wind and solar make it impossible for merchant plants to recover invested capital, and threaten the basic operation of wholesale power markets.

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