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  With 192 lasers and temperatures more than three times hotter than the center of the sun, scientists hit — at least for a fraction of a second — a key milestone on the long road toward nearly pollution-free fusion energy. Researchers at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermo...
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    By J. David Goodman and David Montgomery © The New York Times Co. ABILINE, TEXAS » Donna Boatright lives alone now in the modest one-story house where her husband, Benny, froze to death. Each day, she lights a candle by his photograph. Before bed, she tells him good night...
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  By Jane Margolies © The New York Times Co. In the three years that Nicole Rae and Brian Mastenbrook lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, they grew increasingly concerned about California’s wildfires. The skies would turn orange, ash would settle on plants and porch railings, and Rae, a 30-...
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    By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Doug Campbell, CEO and cofounder of Solid Power, and about 30 employees were at the Nasdaq MarketSite on Thursday to ring the bell to mark the company going public. The Louisville-based startup has developed solid-state battery technology for elect...
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  By Ann Carrns © The New York Times Co. Home heating bills are expected to be significantly higher this winter, but there’s still time to take steps to make your living space more energy efficient and hold down costs. The recent spurt of inflation is being driven, in part, by spikes in the...
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  By Aamer Madhani and Tom Krisher The Associated Press DETROIT » President Joe Biden punched the accelerator on a battery-powered Hummer on Wednesday, causing the wheels to squeal and the truck to jet forward as he tried to drive the country toward an electric vehicle future. The engine wa...
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“Perfect violent storm” By Ivan Penn © The New York Times Co. Seven months after workers finished installing solar panels atop the Garcia family home near Stanford University, the system is little more than a roof ornament. The problem: The local utility’s equipment is so overloaded that there is ...
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    By Angela Charlton The Associated Press SOULAINES-DHUYS, FRANCE » Deep in a French forest of oaks, birches and pines, a steady stream of trucks carries a silent reminder of nuclear energy’s often-invisible cost: canisters of radioactive waste, heading into storage for the next 300 ...
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By Stanley Reed © The New York Times Co. ABINGDON, ENGLAND » Harnessing fusion energy into something commercially viable — and maybe, ultimately, a clean source of power that replaces fossil fuels for centuries to come — has long been considered by some as the ultimate moonshot. But in...
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      By Judith Kohler The Denver Post The state’s largest electric cooperative has filed a lawsuit, claiming it lost tens of millions of dollars because Xcel Energy- Colorado’s chronically malfunctioning Comanche 3 coal plant couldn’t deliver as promised. CORE Electric Cooperat...
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The rapid expansion of batteries paired with wind and solar is transforming the grid and accelerating the transition to clean energy.   By Dan Gearino September 2, 2021   Vistra's lithium-ion battery system is co-located on the site of its existing Moss Landing Power Plant in Mon...
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    EFFICIENCY Colorado State University-Pueblo became the first campus in the state to reach net-zero efficiency last week when the school switched on its 23-acre solar array project. The solar scheme allows the campus to generate excess energy and put it back into the grid. “One of ...
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Who created the renewable-energy miracle?   By Paul Krugman © The New York Times Co. As terrible as many things in the world are, climate is unique in posing an existential threat to civilization. And it’s horrifying that so many political figures are dead set against any serious action to ...
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Inside Climate NewsInside Clean Energy: Renewables are up and coal is down in most places, at a time of major changes in how we produce electricity. (extracted) By Dan Gearino August 5, 2021 The Energy Information Administration reported last week that, for the first time the US used more re...
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  By Noam Scheiber © The New York Times Co. Patricia Fahy, a New York state legislator, celebrated when a new development project for the Port of Albany — the country’s first assembly plant dedicated to building offshore wind towers — was approved in January. “I was doing cartwheels,” said ...
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By Eric Tucker The Associated Press WASHINGTON » The Biden administration is taking steps to protect the country’s electricity system from cyberattacks through a new 100-day initiative combining federal government agencies and private industry. The initiative, announced Tuesday by the Energy ...
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By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Legislation that’s designed to expand the use of renewable energy in Colorado by steering utilities to join regional transmission networks could also help if a big freeze or other extreme weather strains the state’s energy supply. Sen. Chris Hansen said the bill h...
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By Paul J. Weber and David Koenig The Associated Press AUSTIN, TEXAS » The recent blackouts that left 4 million Texas customers without electricity and heat during a deadly winter freeze also unplugged plants that could have generated more power, which was needed urgently as the state’s ...
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Low costs of wind and solar power helped renewables pass coal in electricity generation; gas remains the leader. By Dan Gearino February 26, 2021 In a year of pandemic illness and chaotic politics, there also was a major milestone in the transition to clean energy: U.S. renewable energy sour...
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  By Paul J. Weber and David Koenig The Associated Press AUSTIN, TEXAS » The recent blackouts that left 4 million Texas customers without electricity and heat during a deadly winter freeze also unplugged plants that could have generated more power, which was needed urgently as the state’...
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