Why lithium prices have been on a roller coaster ride

Feb 6, 2024
Just a few years ago, lithium prices surged with expectations that EV demand was going to take off. Now prices are down about 80%.
Two U.S. lithium companies have cut jobs and pulled back their capital spending recently. Above, salt evaporation ponds in California's Mojave Desert, where a company plans to extract lithium from the briny water.
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Can batteries help get the U.S. off the natural gas “bridge?”

Jul 17, 2019
The bridge keeps getting longer, with utilities and energy companies adding hundreds of gas plants around the country.
Energy company AES is putting the finishing touches on a new natural gas unit in Long Beach, California.
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