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Wind power blows past coal in Texas

Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last November to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began

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Trump-appointed regulators reject plan to rescue coal and nuclear plants

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejected a proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have propped up nuclear and coal power plants struggling in competitive electricity markets. The independent five-member commission includes four people appointed by President Trump,

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Trump’s first major trade fight with China could be over solar panels

With President Trump vowing to get tougher on trade, troubled American makers of everything from steel tubing and aluminum foil to washing machines have lined up to ask Washington for protection from foreign rivals. But Mr. Trump’s first big international

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Why there are twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs

The past decade has seen a revolution in residential solar systems. Cheap panels and creative financing options have led to a massive increase in solar installations– and that increase is driving an employment boom. At the same time, the coal

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Global energy storage to double 6 times by 2030

The energy storage industry is set to rise dramatically – for those companies that can play the long game. Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a report that forecasts the global energy storage market will “double six times” from now to

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California Governor Jerry Brown is doing far more to combat climate change than Trump’s Washington

In 1995, French President Jacques Chirac, observing the presidency of Bill Clinton and his administration’s tepid response to the unfolding atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, observed, with barely concealed disgust, that “the position of leader of the free world is

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This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like

Dale Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in

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Three ways climate change affects our health today

A new report by the Lancet medical journal details “unequivocal and potentially irreversible” growing threats to public health from climate change. The report found that the delayed action on climate change worldwide has jeopardized human life and livelihoods over the

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How the US generates electricity

The US electricity system is often described as the world’s largest machine. It is also incredibly diverse, reflecting the policy preferences, needs and available natural resources of each state. Carbon Brief has plotted the nation’s power stations in an interactive

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U.S. wind and solar boom helped prevent up to 12,700 deaths between 2007-2015

A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab gives us further reason to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. According to the research, the U.S. wind and solar power boom helped prevent the premature deaths of thousands

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