Chart: Which US states are leading the way on offshore wind?

The United States has ambitious offshore wind goals, but so far relatively little to show for them. In fact, the country is not on track for the Biden administration’s goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, according to a new report from the American Clean Powe … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

New Washington state ballot initiative would prevent fossil gas bans

In the latest industry-backed effort to stifle the clean energy transition, a Washington state initiative aimed at preventing statewide and local bans on fossil gas is likely to appear on voters’ ballots this November . Last week, supporters dropped off more than 500,000 signatur … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

San Francisco launches world's first commercial hydrogen ferry

Most ferries in the United States run on diesel fuel, with groaning engines that spew harmful emissions into waterfront communities. But in San Francisco, passengers on the city’s newest vessel will find the trip to be much quieter and cleaner as they zip around the bay. On Frida … | Continue reading | 19 hours ago

Minnesota creates new ombudsperson role to help connect solar faster

Minnesota solar developers frustrated with the process of connecting projects to the electric grid will soon have a new place to turn to answer questions and resolve disputes. State lawmakers recently passed legislation calling on the state Public Utilities Commission to hire an … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Weatherization can keep you cool this summer — and warm next winter

Canary Media’s Electrified Life column shares real-world tales, tips, and insights to demystify what individuals can do to update their homes for a clean electric future. Canary thanks EnergySage for its support of the column. Bennie Tillman Jr. lives in a two-bedroom, one-bath h … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Rondo's heat batteries will soon be cleaning up factories in US, Europe

Thermal energy storage uses cheap, clean electricity to bring rocks, bricks, or molten metals to red-hot temperatures, then taps that heat later to do all sorts of work. The technology is relatively simple and could be deployed now to solve two big energy transition challenges: F … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Is the EPA about to get serious about methane pollution from landfills?

Landfills are the third-largest source of methane emissions both in the U.S. and globally. These emissions heat the atmosphere at about 80 times the rate of carbon dioxide over 20 years, but the methane that rises from the decomposing food and organic waste that ends up in landfi … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Biden admin offers $1.2B loan to expand US battery supply chain

Companies have invested more than $100 billion in U.S. electric vehicle and battery manufacturing since the Inflation Reduction Act was passed two years ago. A long list of components go into those EVs and batteries — and the more of them that can be produced in the U.S., the bet … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

In a first, a solar microgrid will directly power an industrial plant

For half a century, a sprawling lot in Ravenswood, West Virginia, was home to a giant aluminum smelter. But in 2009, Century Aluminum idled the facility then permanently closed it six years later, and the 2,000-acre site became an empty expanse along the bending banks of the Ohio … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

How to avoid panel upgrades so we can electrify more homes

Homeowners across the country increasingly have access to a powerful carbon-cutting tool: electrification programs, which can make it cheaper for residents to ditch gas and fuel-oil appliances for super-efficient electric equipment. California in particular provides a lot of supp … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

The US is about to get its first solar-covered canal

The first canal-based solar project in the U.S. is nearing completion on tribal lands south of Phoenix, Arizona. Native Americans have been using canals to irrigate the Gila River Valley for thousands of years , starting with the Huhugam people . Now at least a small slice of the … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Chart: The US battery market is on track for its best year yet

The U.S. battery boom is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the sector is off to its best-ever start to a year. In the first quarter of 2024, nearly 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of battery storage was installed at power plants, homes, and commercial facilities across the nation, ac … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Supreme Court decision threatens Biden’s ‘whole of government’ climate plan

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn the 40-year-old legal precedent known as the “Chevron doctrine” will have far-reaching consequences across the federal government. It opens the door to legal challenges for thousands of rules on environment, health care, con … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Biden's LNG export pause is already on the ropes

This story was first published by Grist . When the Biden administration paused the approval of new liquefied natural gas exports in January, environmentalists and left-leaning politicians hailed the decision as a watershed moment for the climate movement. After months of pressure … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

In Michigan, homeowners associations can’t stop rooftop solar anymore

When a homeowner decides to get solar panels, it sets off a series of to-dos. They have to find a contractor, make sure their roof is ready, and — for some of the millions of Americans living under homeowners’ associations (HOAs) — make sure their neighbors won't complain about t … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Leading hydrogen aircraft startup is suddenly grounded

Around this time last year, Universal Hydrogen was flying high. The startup had successfully flown a 40-passenger aircraft using primarily hydrogen over a series of trips from central Washington down to Mojave, California. The test flights marked a significant — if still very ear … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Community solar expands access to clean energy, new study shows

The sun showers us all with energy, but not everyone can put solar panels on their roofs to harness it for themselves. Enter community solar, an increasingly popular way to expand access to solar and help fix its equity issues. For the first time, evidence shows that it’s working … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Will a new law and lots of cash be enough to jumpstart next-gen nuclear?

With the U.S. confronting the twin challenges of grid decarbonization and projected growth in electricity demand, a growing chorus of advocates is calling for the erstwhile nuclear leader to embrace atomic energy once again. The Biden administration has been hustling to subsidize … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Chart: Aluminum has a big CO2 problem. Here’s how to clean it up

Pots and pans, soda cans, skyscrapers, laptops, even solar panels — all these things share a common ingredient in aluminum. The material is ubiquitous and useful, but the process of making and recycling it is a major source of planet-warming pollution. By 2050, aluminum producers … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Huge, controversial LNG export terminal gets green light from FERC

Despite a much publicized pause on the approval of liquefied natural gas terminals in the United States, a federal regulatory agency Thursday approved the construction of the nation’s largest LNG terminal, months before that pause is set to end. The 2–1 vote of the Federal Energy … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Meati is turning fungi into climate-friendly steaks. Will diners bite?

Climate-friendly alternative proteins have proved tough for diners and investors to swallow. After a hype-filled cycle, stalwarts like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have grappled with declining valuations and a long road to becoming low-cost meat replacements for the masses. H … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

This MIT-backed fund wants to solve the toughest climate problems

Heavy industries are among the world’s worst climate polluters . Making key materials like steel, cement, and chemicals emits over a fifth of all human-caused carbon dioxide every year. Yet only a tiny slice of total climate-focused investment today goes toward efforts to decarbo … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Missed deadlines pile up as New York’s climate law turns five

This story was first published by New York Focus , a nonprofit news publication investigating power in New York. Sign up for their newsletter here . Five years after New York lawmakers passed a landmark bill to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the state has missed several of the l … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Just how bad are gas appliances for your health?

Canary Media’s Electrified Life column shares real-world tales, tips, and insights to demystify what individuals can do to shift their homes and lives to clean electric power. Canary thanks EnergySage for its support of the column. Electrifying our appliances isn’t only a climate … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Next-generation geothermal will soon power Southern California's grid

California already gets some of its clean electricity from geothermal power plants, which harness the heat and steam found naturally near the earth’s surface. Now, the state is poised to add hundreds more megawatts of geothermal to its overall energy mix — only instead of drawing … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

How Massachusetts is helping fleets of cars and trucks go electric

This story was first published by Energy News Network . Massachusetts is in the process of tripling the size of its first-in-the-nation vehicle fleet electrification program following a recent influx of federal money. “We are really looking at the barriers, the challenges, the th … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

How heat pumps can turn wasted energy into low-carbon whisky

You can't make whisky — or vodka or gin or any other liquor — without generating some heat. The heat required to produce the billions of liters of liquor consumed each year typically comes from fossil fuels, and much of it ends up as wasted energy. But carbon emissions penalties … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Gas stoves are a health problem. Could warning labels help?

A growing body of research documenting air pollution exposure from gas stoves has spurred efforts to regulate or even ban the appliances. Now consumer advocates and state lawmakers across the country are trying a new tack: forcing companies to put warning labels on gas stoves. Pr … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Cartoon: The most important data centers on the grid?

Climatoonist cartoons capture the hopes, frustrations, and absurdities of working on the front lines of the energy transition. Read our profile about Climatoonist to learn more and see past cartoons. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Chart: Electric vehicle growth is slowly eating into global oil demand

By the end of this decade, global demand for oil will peak — and that’s largely thanks to the rise of electric vehicles and clean energy technologies, according to the International Energy Agency’s “ Oil 2024 ” report. In advanced economies, demand for oil has been decreasing for … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Will data centers help or hurt the Midwest's energy transition?

This story was first published by Energy News Network . Southeastern Wisconsin and the Chicago area are emerging as major players in the national data center explosion, most notably with Microsoft’s $3.3 billion planned data complex near Racine, Wisconsin. Clean energy advocates … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

New projects aim to break US barriers to digitizing the grid

Smart Wires has spent more than a decade putting its grid-boosting technology to the test in Australia , South America , and Europe . Now, the Durham, North Carolina–based company is finally getting a crack at projects in the U.S., backed by federal funds and policies supporting … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

This NYC high-rise is using heat pumps and waste heat to cut fossil fuels

Buildings everywhere need to get off fossil fuels in order to help the world avoid climate catastrophe. Yet owners of large commercial buildings in New York City are especially feeling the pressure: The groundbreaking Local Law 97 takes effect this year, requiring buildings of mo … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Mississippi just got its first utility-scale wind farm

Wind energy development has long been stuck in the doldrums in the southeastern United States. Until very recently, nine states in the region had installed precisely zero megawatts of commercial wind capacity, even as turbines spread across every other U.S. state. Mississippi, ho … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

New startup aims to bring ‘solar-led electrification’ to California homes

Californians have a tough set of choices to make on home decarbonization. They could install rooftop solar. But that’s much less valuable than it used to be for most Californians. They could also replace their fossil-gas-fueled heating and appliances with all-electric systems to … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

‘Floatovoltaic’ solar panels on lakes could unlock lots of clean energy

This story was first published by Grist . A reservoir is many things: a source of drinking water, a playground for swimmers, a refuge for migrating birds. But if you ask solar-power enthusiasts, a reservoir is also not realizing its full potential. That open water could be covere … | Continue reading | 25 days ago

UK's Octopus Energy plans to ramp up Texas presence with new investment

Octopus Energy has surged to the top of the U.K. electricity market with its plucky brand of clean, flexible, customer-centric energy . Now it's loading up on new investment to make a broader push into North America. The sprawling clean energy startup pulled in two new investment … | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Chart: Clean energy set to attract double investment spent on fossil fuels

In 2024, about $2 trillion will be invested in clean energy projects — a first for the rapidly expanding sector. The amount is nearly double what will be invested in oil, coal, and gas this year, according to the International Energy Agency’s new report “World Energy Investment 2 … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Swift Solar nabs $27M to chase solar efficiency holy grail: perovskites

Generating clean electricity from solar photovoltaic technology is the success story of the clean energy transition so far, but entrepreneurs and investors are still plumbing the science for improved performance and cost. Startup Swift Solar banked a $27 million Series A financin … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Long-awaited offshore wind hub breaks ground in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Elizabeth Yeampierre stood near the edge of the Brooklyn waterfront earlier this week. A vast concrete lot stretched out before her, riddled with weeds and rain puddles, as the Manhattan skyline sparkled in the distance. For years, Yeampierre has fought to transf … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

This coal-heavy rural co-op utility is buying its first solar plants

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, one of the largest rural cooperative utilities in the U.S., is bringing the energy transition home to its massive western service territory. It’s acquiring its first large-scale solar power plants as it prepares to shift away fro … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Minnesota takes rare step to allow power lines alongside highways

Here are two key facts about transmission lines: The U.S. needs a lot more of them to transition away from fossil fuels; they're also incredibly difficult to build . A big part of the challenge is negotiating permits for the power lines — which typically cross hundreds of miles o … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ask these 7 questions before you buy a home battery

Canary Media’s Electrified Life column shares real-world tales, tips, and insights to demystify what individuals can do to shift their homes and lives to clean electric power. This article is the second in a two-part series on home batteries. In case you missed it, here’s part 1: … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Can this California bill help get neighborhoods off gas?

Every year, California’s gas utilities spend billions of dollars operating, maintaining, repairing, and replacing aging pipelines that deliver a fossil fuel incompatible with the state’s long-term climate goals. What if those utilities could just shut down their oldest and most e … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Duke Energy wants to help Big Tech buy the 24/7 clean energy it needs

Some of the biggest companies in the world have bought renewable electricity for their operations for years — and now crave something more. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft — all of which have goals to power their operations with clean electricity — have acknowledged that simply buy … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Video: Three home electrification experts share their best advice

There’s never been a better time to electrify your home. The Biden administration has authorized billions of dollars in federal subsidies for everything from heat pumps to induction stoves. Plenty of states and utilities have incentive programs of their own, too. But just because … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A Western US energy market would boost clean energy. Will it happen?

Canary Media’s Down to the Wire column tackles the more complicated challenges of decarbonizing our energy systems. Utilities, policymakers, and clean energy advocates across the U.S. West have long agreed that a region-wide electricity trading market would be a win-win. It would … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Southern California adopts landmark rule to electrify industrial heat

Swimming pools and dry cleaners use them. So do aircraft-engine factories, textile mills, and facilities that make packaged snacks and bottled drinks. Wherever there’s a need for large amounts of steam or heat, industrial boilers and water heaters are likely to be found. Usually, … | Continue reading | 1 month ago