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‘Green Bank’ Network To Fund Climate Projects

The federal government announced a $20 billion investment to support low-interest loans for climate and clean energy projects.

April 8, 2024 - Inside Climate News

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Making Solar Energy Land Use More Efficient

How an ‘ecovoltaic’ approach can balance energy production with conservation of sensitive land.

March 20, 2024 - Honolulu Civil Beat

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New Solar Capacity Outpaces New Fossil Fuels in the US

Solar energy still makes up just 5 percent of the nation’s energy mix, but could grow faster in coming years.

March 13, 2024 - Popular Mechanics

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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

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Puerto Rico Pilot Program Harnesses Household Renewables

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

January 22, 2024 - Next City

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States Preempt Local Control on Renewable Energy Projects

To meet ambitious climate and decarbonization goals, some states are barring local governments from restricting wind and solar development.

January 21, 2024 - U.S. News & World Report

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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

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Texas Grid Holds Up to Freezing Temperatures

Efforts made to prepare the state’s infrastructure for winter storms after 2021’s disastrous freeze are paying off.

January 18, 2024 - The New York Times

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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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BLM Allocates Funding to Study Renewables Impact on Public Lands

The large-scale study will assess how proposed solar farms and other renewable energy projects could impact animals, plants, and habitats.

January 1, 2024 - KLAS

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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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Study Assesses How Wind Farms Affect Property Values

A new study shows that wind farms have a small but temporary negative impact on nearby property prices.

December 28, 2023 - Inside Climate News

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The Year in Good Climate News

Despite the ups and downs, there are reasons to feel optimistic.

December 28, 2023 - CNN

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Gila River Canal Project Pairs Water Conservation With Solar Energy

Local leaders view the first solar panel-covered water canal in the Western Hemisphere as a ‘major win’ for Indigenous water sovereignty.

December 13, 2023 - The Independent

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US Building Emissions are Growing

Green building standards and efficiency retrofits are not keeping up with energy demand, resulting in a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

November 30, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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An Untapped Energy Source: Underground Garages

A European study measured ambient air and groundwater temperatures in underground parking garages and found that the heat generated by these structures could potentially power thousands of households.

November 14, 2023 - Anthropocene Magazine

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Department of Energy Moves to Improve Grid Interconnections

Adding new renewable energy projects to local grids can take an average of five years, slowing the process of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

October 30, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Three Offshore Wind Projects Coming to New York State

Gov. Kathy Hochul approved more than 20 renewable energy projects that will deliver 12 percent of the state’s energy needs by 2030.

October 29, 2023 - WSHU

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Offshore Wind Growing Fast in California

The rush to secure coastal leases for wind energy production is causing some critics to call for stronger scrutiny from regulatory agencies.

October 16, 2023 - CALmatters

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The Promise of Geothermal Energy

Thermal energy networks can build grid resilience, provide a stable source of energy, and offer continued employment to utility workers skilled in traditional energy infrastructure.

October 8, 2023 - Technology Review

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