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French oil giant Total going big on solar energy

Jan 19, 2021
It's one of a number of growing examples of oil companies adjusting to changing energy needs.
Above, photovoltaic solar panels at the power plant in La Colle des Mees, Alpes de Haute Provence, in southeastern France in 2019.
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Is lithium-ion the best way to power a renewable energy future?

Jan 1, 2021
Researchers are looking for alternative technologies that could offer safer, greener solutions.
Panasonic lithium-ion batteries for vehicles are displayed at a convention in 2018. The element is widely used to power cars and devices.
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IEA's World Energy Outlook provides plan for shift to renewable energy

The IEA said, under current conditions, renewables are expected to overtake coal as the primary means of producing electricity by 2025.
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California blackouts trigger debate about electric grid resilience

Aug 28, 2020
A heat wave and record levels of electricity demand are straining infrastructure.
Investments in grids were already falling, and COVID-19 has slowed down upgrades even further.
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The U.S. consumed more renewable energy than coal in 2019

May 29, 2020
It's the first time that's happened since 1885.
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Moving away from carbon, with help from Canada

Mar 3, 2020
Wind and solar resources in New England and New York fluctuate. One way to manage this uncertainty is trading with Quebec.
Several states in the northeast of America have committed to decarbonizing their electricity grids in the next 20 to 30 years.
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Nation's first mega-offshore wind project stalled for additional study

Sep 13, 2019
A federal delay in the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm has analysts wondering if this could stall overall momentum for offshore wind power in the country.
A rendering of offshore wind turbines.
Courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Offshore wind energy sparks debate on Long Island

May 30, 2019
A variety of stakeholders have a variety of opinions on the development of the 15-turbine windfarm.
Montauk fisherman Al Schaffer on his lobster boat.
Ashley Milne-Tyte

Pennsylvania weighs nuclear subsidies after Three Mile Island

May 20, 2019
The nuclear power plant will be "retired" at the end of September, but the state wants to support the four remaining plants.
Steam rises out of the nuclear plant on Three Mile Island  in Middletown, Pennsylvania on March 26, 2019.
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Federal loan guarantees boost nuclear energy projects

Mar 27, 2019
The Vogtle project is three years overdue and vastly over budget.
Aerial view of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant.
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