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Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Dan:

One State Generates Much, Much More Renewable Energy Than Any Other—and It’s Not California

A new batch of data about the country’s electricity generation shows the increasing dominance of one state as the clean energy leader. No, it’s not California. It’s Texas. This isn’t new. Texas has produced more gigawatt-hours of electricity from renewable sources than any other state for several years running, thanks largely to wind energy. Now, […] → Read More

Why it’s time to officially get over your EV range anxiety

New research comes to some surprising conclusions that should put consumers’ minds at ease. → Read More

Al Gore Talks Climate Progress, Setbacks and the First Rule of Holes: Stop Digging

Al Gore describes himself as an optimist about the world’s progress on climate change, but he doesn’t mince words about the obstacles that remain. His optimism and frustration were clear last month when he gave fiery remarks during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Activists called it a refreshing moment of truth-telling […] → Read More

Meet the Millennial Scientist Leading the Biden Administration’s Push for a Nuclear Power Revival

Kathryn Huff grew up in Bellville, Texas, a city of about 4,200 residents in the rural area west of Houston, and discovered at a young age that she had an aptitude for math. She remembers the moment that she toured the Texas A&M University nuclear research reactor and saw Cherenkov radiation, which gives off a […] → Read More

What Is Permitting Reform? Here’s a Primer on the Drive to Fast Track Energy Projects—Both Clean and Fossil Fuel

The construction of a new interstate power line near Phoenix has become the latest symbol in the debate over federal permitting reform. At a groundbreaking ceremony last month for the Ten West Link transmission line, Vice President Kamala Harris praised the project for what it means for the fight against climate change. “To create our […] → Read More

New wind, solar are cheaper than costs to operate all but one US coal plant

New analysis shows that renewables beat existing coal plants 99% of the time. → Read More

Finally, Some Good Climate News: The Biggest Wins in Clean Energy in 2022

You can forgive people who work on U.S. energy policy for being tired this month. They have just sprinted, and sometimes slogged, through an extraordinary year of action and progress at the federal, state and local levels. “It’s been a big one, for sure,” said Autumn Proudlove, associate director for policy and markets at the […] → Read More

Car Companies Are Now Bundling EVs With Home Solar Panels. Are Customers Going to Buy?

It makes sense that someone buying an electric vehicle would also want to buy a charging system and get it installed. But how about solar panels, and home battery storage? Automakers are increasingly wanting to sell all of these products. Hyundai recently announced the rollout of Hyundai Home, a service to help the company’s customers […] → Read More

Why the Feared Wave of Solar Panel Waste May Be Smaller and Arrive Later Than We Expected

“Don’t panic,” said Heather Mirletz at the Colorado School of Mines, lead author of a recent paper that challenges several assumptions about what could happen when today’s generation of solar panels near retirement age. She has some encouraging news for anyone deeply concerned, or even mildly agitated, about how the world is going to deal […] → Read More

“Battery Genome Project” creators want shared data, better EVs

Understanding how different variables affect battery performance. → Read More

Feeling Overwhelmed About Going All-Electric at Home? Here’s How to Get Started

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I went to a room in the basement of a library in Upper Arlington, Ohio, for the first meeting of a group trying to go all-electric and ditch fossil fuels. About a dozen people were there, plus the organizers: Madeline Fleisher, an environmental lawyer whom I’ve known for years, and […] → Read More

The pathway to 90% clean electricity is mostly clear. The last 10%, not so much

Six different approaches—with pros and cons—for getting to a 100% carbon-free grid. → Read More

Remember That Coal Surge Last Year? Yeah, It’s Over

Renewable energy rose to make up nearly one-fourth of the electricity generated in the United States in the second quarter this year, while coal generation declined. The changing sources for our electricity are happening as the West deals with a years-long drought and sweats through a late summer heatwave—events that underscore why we need an […] → Read More

Deep in the Democrats' Climate Bill, Analysts See More Wins for Clean Energy Than Gifts for Fossil Fuel Business

Although Senate leaders have included plenty of favors for the fossil fuel industry in the big climate package they hope to advance this week, most analysts have concluded these concessions amount to consolation prizes in a deal where clean energy is the clear winner. At least three separate analyses by think tanks and academic institutions […] → Read More

Inside Clean Energy: Yes, There Are Benefits of Growing Broccoli Beneath Solar Panels

Despite being “yucky” according to some picky eaters, broccoli is well-suited to grow alongside solar panels, according to a new study. The research from Chonnam National University in South Korea is part of the growing field of “agrivoltaics,” in which agronomists and energy experts look for opportunities for solar power and agriculture to exist on […] → Read More

Inside Clean Energy: Flow Batteries Could Be a Big Part of Our Energy Storage Future. So What’s a Flow Battery?

A clean energy development this week in the San Diego area isn’t much to look at. Workers will deliver four white shipping containers that house battery storage systems. Soon after, workers will hook up the containers so they can store electricity from a nearby solar array. The part that I care about is the “flow […] → Read More

Inside Clean Energy: The Idea of Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Reinvented

For decades, some of the most effective ways of cutting carbon dioxide emissions have been to find ways to burn less fuel. Think of the Honda Civic in your garage that can go for more than 40 miles per gallon of gasoline on the highway, or the natural gas furnace in your basement that is […] → Read More

Inside Clean Energy: Explaining the Record-Breaking Offshore Wind Sale

After days of bidding, six companies emerged as winners last week in a record-breaking auction for the rights to develop offshore wind in federal waters off New York and New Jersey. The total of the winning bids was $4.37 billion for 488,000 acres spread across six lease areas. The process was overseen by the Bureau […] → Read More

Sale of North Dakota’s Largest Coal Plant Is Almost Complete. Then Will Come the Hard Part

A plan to sell, rather than close, the largest coal-fired power plant in North Dakota is nearly final. The completion of the sale would allow the buyer to move on to the much greater challenge of making the plant financially viable and installing a carbon capture system. Great River Energy of Minnesota originally planned to […] → Read More

Inside Clean Energy: Here Are 5 States that Took Leaps on Clean Energy Policy in 2021

It’s understandable if people are feeling dour during this unseasonably warm December when, once again, the U.S. Congress has failed to pass major climate legislation. But while the federal government might have failed in pushing through the Build Back Better bill, with its many climate provisions, 2021 has seen some long-awaited successes in the states. […] → Read More