Sunshine seems a better business bet to Nevada than coal

Mar 20, 2017
Despite the Trump administration’s push for coal and other fossil energy, Nevada just went dramatically in the other way. On the day after it pulled the plug on a coal-fired power plant, it cut the ribbon on a new solar energy farm. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Market forces help stabilize CO2 emissions for third year

Mar 17, 2017
The plateau in emissions comes amid global economic growth.
"The switch from coal to gas really happened because of the shale gas revolution and because of markets,” said Laura Cozzi of the International Energy Agency. Above, a coal power plant from American Electric Power in New Haven, West Virginia.
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Why two American billionaires are betting on renewable energy

Feb 8, 2017
Philip Anschutz and Warren Buffett, two of America’s richest moguls, see a greener future for the electric grid.
Philip Anschutz plans to build wind turbines in Wyoming, like these turbines near Palm Springs, California, and sell electricity to the California market.
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We're going to be pumping oil for a long time

Nov 16, 2016
The question isn't when we will we run out of oil, it’s "when will we stop needing more and more oil?"
Gas containers featuring the Total corporate logo at the Total Refinery in Antwerp, Belgium.  
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Renewable energy capacity tops coal

Oct 25, 2016
Renewable energy just overtook coal as the world’s largest source of electricity capacity, but the U.S. still lags. Why is that, and what will it take to bring the U.S. into line with the rest of the world? CORRECTION (Oct. 27, 2016): This story’s headline was updated to reflect that renewable energy is the largest source […]


First renewable energy boat to sail around the world

Sep 12, 2016
The “Solar Impulse of the seas” starts a historic 6-year journey next year.
A man works on the hull of the Energy Observer on Sept. 6 in Saint-Malo, western France. The Energy Observer will be the first autonomous boat powered by hydrogen and renewable energy.

The cost of cleaner power

Dec 14, 2015
The climate agreement in Paris on Saturday was a sign of global solidarity, but back in the U.S., conflict over curbing pollution still remains.
A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant located 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. 
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Tom Steyer talks climate change and the 2016 election

Nov 20, 2015
The billionaire energy investor hasn't picked a favorite candidate yet.
Tom Steyer introduces a panel during the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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States wavering on standards for renewable energy

Jul 24, 2015
Each has its own requirements.

IBM uses big data to get smarter on energy

Aug 15, 2013
How the company translates tidal waves of real time data to make renewable energy plants more efficient by predicting the weather.