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The energy industry is being disrupted – and traditional firms can’t keep up

The energy industry is being disrupted – and traditional firms can’t keep up Sergey Nivens / shutterstock Antony Froggatt, University of Exeter The electricity sector is experiencing a profound disruptive shock. This is due to technological innovation including the falling costs of renewables and energy storage, along with tougher environmental…

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The nuclear industry is making a big bet on small power plants

The nuclear industry is making a big bet on small power plants NuScale Power aims to build the nation’s first advanced small modular reactor. U.S. Department of Energy Scott L. Montgomery, University of Washington Until now, generating nuclear power has required massive facilities surrounded by acres of buildings, electrical infrastructure,…

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, right, and California Governor Jerry Brown, left, discuss drought and water restrictions on August 11, 2015. Faulconer has championed renewable energy, water recycling and other climate-friendly policies. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

Many Republican mayors are advancing climate-friendly policies without saying so

Many Republican mayors are advancing climate-friendly policies without saying so San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, right, and California Governor Jerry Brown, left, discuss drought and water restrictions on August 11, 2015. Faulconer has championed renewable energy, water recycling and other climate-friendly policies. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi Nicolas Gunkel, Boston University Leadership…

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As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up

As more solar and wind come onto the grid, prices go down but new questions come up Solar lowers prices and shifts when daily peak demand hours are. Duke Energy, CC BY-NC-ND Joachim Seel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Andrew Mills, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Ryan Wiser, Lawrence Berkeley National…

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Why California’s new rooftop mandate isn’t good enough for some solar power enthusiasts

Why California’s new rooftop mandate isn’t good enough for some solar power enthusiasts Solar panels being installed in new housing under construction in Sacramento, Calif. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Garth Heutel, Georgia State University More California rooftops will soon sport solar panels, partly due to a new state mandate requiring them…

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Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive energy law in 2016 that authorized the development of new offshore wind and hydroelectric projects. Massachusetts governor’s office Matthew Lackner, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts Amherst There are…

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, left, speaks with Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffery Grybowski in 2016. AP Photo/Steven Senne

Wind energy’s swift growth, explained

Wind energy’s swift growth, explained Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, left, speaks with Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffery Grybowski in 2016. AP Photo/Steven Senne John Hall, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York The wind industry is growing quickly around the world, especially in China and the U.S., where…

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Block Island Wind, the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S., started operation in 2016. Ionna22, CC BY-SA

Market forces are driving a clean energy revolution in the US

Market forces are driving a clean energy revolution in the US Block Island Wind, the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S., started operation in 2016. Ionna22, CC BY-SA Bill Ritter, Jr., Colorado State University Transforming U.S. energy systems away from coal and toward clean renewable energy was once…

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How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry Grid-scale energy storage systems may make it easier to rely completely on renewable energy. petrmalinak/Shutterstock.com Eric Hittinger, Rochester Institute of Technology and Eric Williams, Rochester Institute of Technology The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at…

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The unholy alliance that explains why renewable energy is trouncing nuclear

The unholy alliance that explains why renewable energy is trouncing nuclear ‘I was the future once.’ Betacam-SP David Toke, University of Aberdeen If recent trends continue for another two years, the global share of electricity from renewables excluding hydropower will overtake nuclear for the first time. Even 20 years ago,…

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Meet the new ‘renewable superpowers’: nations that boss the materials used for wind and solar

Meet the new ‘renewable superpowers’: nations that boss the materials used for wind and solar Blue Planet Studio / shutterstock   Andrew Barron, Swansea University Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would…

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Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future? Looking through semitransparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows. UNSW, Author provided Matthew Wright, UNSW and Mushfika Baishakhi Upama, UNSW Can you see a window as you are reading this article? Windows have been ubiquitous in…

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Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster

Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster The earth is a finite place. Earth image from www.shutterstock.com Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne If the rich nations in the world keep growing their economies by 2% each year and by 2050 the poorest nations catch up, the…

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Energy wonks have a meltdown over the US going 100 percent renewable. Why?

Energy wonks have a meltdown over the US going 100 percent renewable. Why? You may agree the U.S. should move to renewables, but how quickly can we do it and how? Duke Energy/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin Science is messy, but it doesn’t have…

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