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How the U.S. power grid is evolving to handle solar and wind nbsp; Feature How the U.S. power grid is evolving to handle solar and wind  
Build a better battery for wind and solar storage, and the energy sector will beat a path to your door nbsp; Feature Build a better battery for wind and solar storage, and the energy sector will beat a path to your door  
Clean energy technology is taking cues from sunflower spirals, schooling fish and other natural phenomena nbsp; Article Clean energy technology is taking cues from sunflower spirals, schooling fish and other natural phenomena  
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical system offer lessons for boosting energy security nbsp; Article In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical system offer lessons for boosting energy security  
Nuclear power offers an abundant supply of low-carbon energy. But what to do with the deadly radioactive waste? nbsp; Feature Nuclear power offers an abundant supply of low-carbon energy. But what to do with the deadly radioactive waste?  
Looking to finance money-saving energy efficiency projects? Here’s a tool for that.   Looking to finance money-saving energy efficiency projects? Here’s a tool for that. Commercial buildings represent nearly one-fifth of total energy consumption in the U.S., and… Notable
In store or online — what’s the environmentally friendliest way to shop? nbsp; Feature In store or online — what’s the environmentally friendliest way to shop?  
With no upfront costs, this innovative financing tool makes energy efficiency affordable to all nbsp; Article With no upfront costs, this innovative financing tool makes energy efficiency affordable to all  
Opinion: Green tech metals for renewable energy and other smart technologies need to be sourced sustainably and responsibly. Here’s how. nbsp; Voices Opinion: Green tech metals for renewable energy and other smart technologies need to be sourced sustainably and responsibly. Here’s how.  
Opinion: Energy development threatens big game herds in Wyoming (and why it matters outside the state, too) nbsp; Voices Opinion: Energy development threatens big game herds in Wyoming (and why it matters outside the state, too)  
Is clean energy funding from the UN’s Green Climate Fund and other sources going where it’s needed most? nbsp; Feature Is clean energy funding from the UN’s Green Climate Fund and other sources going where it’s needed most?  
From German trains to South Korean buses, hydrogen fuel is back in the energy picture nbsp; Feature From German trains to South Korean buses, hydrogen fuel is back in the energy picture  
Can we make batteries better for the environment?   Can we make batteries better for the environment? Batteries are ubiquitous yet often ignored, humming in the background while powering appliances… Notable
The energy transition will have winners and losers. Which will you be?   The energy transition will have winners and losers. Which will you be? Transitions by definition are disruptive. Whether it’s switching jobs, electing new leaders… Notable
What are coastal nuclear power plants doing to address climate threats? nbsp; Feature What are coastal nuclear power plants doing to address climate threats?  
The way we power our lives is undergoing a huge transition. How can we minimize the pain and maximize the gain?   The way we power our lives is undergoing a huge transition. How can we minimize the pain and maximize the gain? Whether it’s using plants to power muscles, ancient buried carbon to transport ourselves, or… Notable
What if U.S. fuel economy standards went away? nbsp; Feature What if U.S. fuel economy standards went away?  
How land under solar panels can contribute to food security nbsp; Feature How land under solar panels can contribute to food security  
Suddenly, solar energy plus storage is giving conventional fuels a run for their money nbsp; Feature Suddenly, solar energy plus storage is giving conventional fuels a run for their money  
OPINION: We need to talk about how logging in the southern U.S. is harming local residents nbsp; Voices OPINION: We need to talk about how logging in the southern U.S. is harming local residents  
The race is on to decarbonize the 50,000-plus ships that carry our stuff around the world nbsp; Feature The race is on to decarbonize the 50,000-plus ships that carry our stuff around the world  
The electric vehicle boom is coming. What can we learn from early adopters? nbsp; Feature The electric vehicle boom is coming. What can we learn from early adopters?  
What will we do with all those solar panels when their useful life is over? nbsp; Feature What will we do with all those solar panels when their useful life is over?  
Has the time finally come for offshore wind energy on the Great Lakes? nbsp; Feature Has the time finally come for offshore wind energy on the Great Lakes?  
Can battery technology keep up with solar energy’s bright future? nbsp; Infographic Can battery technology keep up with solar energy’s bright future?  
South Australia goes all out on renewables despite federal focus on coal nbsp; Feature South Australia goes all out on renewables despite federal focus on coal  
Germany’s transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for the rest of the world nbsp; Feature Germany’s transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for the rest of the world  
How California’s greenhouse gas laws can better serve disadvantaged communities nbsp; Feature How California’s greenhouse gas laws can better serve disadvantaged communities  
OPINION: Here’s what we need to accelerate progress on the UN’s 2030 global energy goals nbsp; Voices OPINION: Here’s what we need to accelerate progress on the UN’s 2030 global energy goals  
How new technologies are shrinking wastewater’s hefty carbon footprint nbsp; Feature How new technologies are shrinking wastewater’s hefty carbon footprint  
What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy nbsp; Feature What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy  
OPINION: Three ways you can help your health while helping the environment nbsp; Voices OPINION: Three ways you can help your health while helping the environment  
OPINION: How renewable energy advocates are hurting the climate cause nbsp; Voices OPINION: How renewable energy advocates are hurting the climate cause  
As global demand for electricity grows, geothermal energy heats up nbsp; Feature As global demand for electricity grows, geothermal energy heats up  
How to make hydropower more environmentally friendly nbsp; Feature How to make hydropower more environmentally friendly  
Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation nbsp; Interview Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation  
Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between? nbsp; Feature Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between?  
Wind power is about to get a whole lot cheaper   Wind power is about to get a whole lot cheaper Wind energy is soaring around the world, thanks to technology advances and energy policies that… Notable
OPINION: Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity nbsp; Voices OPINION: Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity  
23 countries just got energy efficiency report cards – and they’re almost all flunking   23 countries just got energy efficiency report cards – and they’re almost all flunking The most valuable tool we have to meet the world’s growing energy demand while reducing greenhouse… Notable
If carbon pricing is so great, why isn’t it working? nbsp; Feature If carbon pricing is so great, why isn’t it working?  
Imagine a podcast from a federal agency. Then listen to this.   Imagine a podcast from a federal agency. Then listen to this. The U.S. Department of Energy just jumped on the podcast train — and what it’s bringing on… Notable
OPINION: How can we ensure the race for clean energy doesn’t leave the world’s poorest citizens behind? nbsp; Voices OPINION: How can we ensure the race for clean energy doesn’t leave the world’s poorest citizens behind?  
New documentary showcases the promise of solar energy nbsp; Video New documentary showcases the promise of solar energy  
Can low-income housing be energy efficient and affordable? nbsp; Feature Can low-income housing be energy efficient and affordable?  
Is nuclear power our energy future — or a dinosaur in a death spiral? nbsp; Feature Is nuclear power our energy future — or a dinosaur in a death spiral?  
A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power nbsp; Feature A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power  
OPINION: The one thing we still need in order to get to a low-carbon economy nbsp; Voices OPINION: The one thing we still need in order to get to a low-carbon economy  
OPINION: The best way we can reduce energy’s carbon footprint? Nurture nuclear. nbsp; Voices OPINION: The best way we can reduce energy’s carbon footprint? Nurture nuclear.  
Coallercoaster: As U.S. coal production drops, international demand rises   Coallercoaster: As U.S. coal production drops, international demand rises According to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the number of new and… Notable
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