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Climate Change Concerns Rising Among Americans

More Americans than ever agree climate change is happening—but fewer agree on what to do about it.

January 30, 2024 - NBC News

Close-up of rooftop solar panel on sandy peach with tall palm trees.

Puerto Rico Pilot Program Harnesses Household Renewables

The experiment could become the largest renewable energy grid of its kind.

January 22, 2024 - Next City

Rows of photovoltaic solar panels in the Nevada desert with mountains in background.

Federal Plan Identifies Millions of Acres for Solar Production

The proposal targets areas near transmission lines in 11 western and southwestern states.

January 19, 2024 - Reuters

Photovoltainc solar panels in green grass field.

The Climate Outlook for 2024

This year could mark a turning point for climate policy and energy systems.

January 18, 2024 - Yale Climate Connections

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How to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

Eliminating fossil fuels means shifting how electricity is produced and distributed from the source.

January 7, 2024 - High Country News

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How Did the US Fare on its 2023 Climate Goals?

Climate experts are divided on how much progress the nation made.

December 31, 2023 - Grist

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Georgia Makes Clean Energy History in U.S.

The first newly constructed nuclear power plant to generate electricity in the U.S. in over 30 years began operation in Waynesboro, Georgia on July 31.

September 6, 2023 - Georgia Power

View of natural gas power plant with two tall smokestacks on Northern California coast

Making Natural Gas Power Plants Cleaner

Carbon capture and storage has long been associated with coal-burning power plants. Calpine Corp. hopes to apply the controversial technology to existing natural gas power plants, beginning with a pilot project to start this month in the Bay Area.

August 17, 2023 - The Sacramento Bee

Montana

Landmark Climate Decision Rules in Favor of Montana Youth

The ruling in Held v. Montana is the first of its kind in the United States, according to reports.

August 15, 2023 - The Washington Post

Solar and Wind Energy

Federal Rule Update to Speed Clean Energy Approvals

A regulatory change at the federal level will shorten the time it takes clean energy projects to gain approval and start providing energy to the grid.

July 31, 2023 - The Verge

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New Power Transmission Line Approved in the Southwest

The proposed transmission line will transfer wind-produced power from New Mexico to cities in Arizona and California.

May 26, 2023 - U.S. News And World Report

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Editorial: California’s Solar Potential Lies in Roadways, Parking Lots

Environmentalists are raising the alarm about massive solar farms in the unspoiled desert. Why not install more solar panels along state-owned highways and in parking lots instead?

May 22, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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LEGO Building Carbon-Neutral Factory in Virginia

The Denmark-based toy company just broke ground on a new carbon-neutral run factory in Chesterfield County near Richmond, Virginia.

April 24, 2023 - The Construction Specifier

Renewable Energy

Major Wind Power Transmission Line Approved by BLM

The new power line will connect the nation’s largest onshore wind project to southwestern states.

April 21, 2023 - Grist

Texas Wind

A Sea Change in the Politics of Clean Energy

As renewable energy production grows in Republican-leaning states, lawmakers are becoming less resistant to supporting clean energy policies.

March 10, 2023 - The New York Times

Power lines against sunset sky and snowy landscape in rural Minnesota

Minnesota Utilities to Go Carbon-Free by 2040

If signed by the governor, a new state law would require all utilities in the state to switch to renewable energy within two decades.

February 7, 2023 - Route Fifty

Power transmission lines surrounded by orange California poppies and silhouette of mountains in background

Why California’s Power Lines Take So Long to Build

The years-long permitting process for new transmission lines is slowing the state’s shift to clean energy.

January 2, 2023 - Governing

Line of offshore wind turbines with sunset over sea in the background

West Coast Offshore Wind Takes a Step Forward

The federal government announced a lease sale for locations along the California coast approved for offshore wind energy production.

October 20, 2022 - CNN

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Two New Clean Energy Programs Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Unveiled

The U.S. Department of Energy announced two new programs last month that are funded by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: $7 billion to create regional ‘hydrogen hubs’ and $4.9 billion to ‘manage and store carbon pollution.’

October 3, 2022 - U.S. Department of Energy

Wind Turbine

The Nation's Largest Wind Farm: Planned in Wyoming, Built for California

This project could "save California," according to the Los Angeles Times. But it won't be easy.

September 4, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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