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Daren Wang
Good Energy: The energy transition is just getting going. Also, garbage trucks are getting clean

World Energy Outlook 2023: Clean Energy Revolution Gathers Momentum What will it look like to actually reach our net zero goals? How will the world’s economy react? What do we need to do to make it happen? When we buy a shiny new EV or install a heat pump to keep our home warm without…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: How to turn trash into good, clean fun. Also, has Maine had it with its utility companies? 

Copenhagen’s Newest Tourist Attraction: CopenHill – The Green Ski Slope Above a Power Plant  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is a proverb going back to England in the 16th century, but in 21st century Denmark, one city’s trash is also its source of heat, electricity, recreation and tourist dollars. Copenhagen, the Danish capital,…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: The U.S. takes a big step toward modernizing its grid. Also, just how terrible is your lawnmower? 

The U.S. moves to save its grid With the International Energy Agency proclaiming that solar electricity is the cheapest form of energy in history(1) and will only get cheaper, the real challenge to transitioning to a renewable energy economy is shifting that affordable energy to where and when it’s needed. Making renewable energy available when…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: Hydrogen tech gets a major boost from the Biden Administration. Also, are solar panels bad for the environment? 

Discover how the Biden Administration’s $7 billion investment in seven “clean hydrogen hubs” is a significant step towards a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. These hubs, supported by state governments and private companies, aim to revolutionize hydrogen production and usage in various industries, contributing to the fight against climate change. A recent Nature Physics op-ed takes…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: Will batteries in every home solve our grid problems? Also, how much lithium did we just find in Nevada? 

Vermont Utility Proposes Revolutionary Approach to Ensure Reliable Electricity Supply Vermont’s Green Mountain Power has updated Herbert Hoover’s famous promise of “a chicken in every pot” for the 21st century with “A battery for every home.” And it just might work. In a groundbreaking departure from traditional utility practices, Green Mountain Power, a Vermont-based electric…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: What does it look like when gasoline-powered cars go away? Take a look at Norway. Also, are highways the solution to our energy problems?

The future is already here. It’s in Norway. Ninety-three. 93. Seven less than 100. That’s the number of gasoline-fueled automobiles sold throughout the entire country of Norway in September. Combined with another 190 diesel vehicles, they made up less than 3% of total sales. (1) In that same month, EVs and plug-in hybrids accounted for…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: Averting a winter storm grid collapse. Also, there’s a plan to get young people working on climate 

Winter Storm Elliott brought the electricity grid to the brink of collapse. On Christmas Eve of 2022, the Eastern United States was gripped by Winter Storm Elliott, a catastrophic cold wave that killed hundreds and caused power outages throughout the region. But it could have been much worse. Even as people huddled in their homes…

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Faith Wakefield
Why the U.S. Isn’t Ready for a Transition to Clean Energy

The Biden Administration has passed an ambitious energy policy in the U.S. to slash carbon emissions and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. (1) However, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy is a massive undertaking that requires billions of dollars in investments and significant upgrades to existing infrastructure. Is the U.S. ready? Biden’s…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: A new study says that EVs are ready to take over the roads. Also, greening concrete is a big step toward net zero 

EVs are set for exponential growth in the next few years. Also, why Terra CO2’s climate-friendly concrete is a big deal. If you don’t already own an EV, chances are good that you will soon. Do you feel like you’re seeing more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road lately? According to a new report from…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: Heat pumps and LED lights are more and more common. Do they make a difference? 

Maine’s quick adoption of heat pumps proves they’re ready for cold climates. Also, LEDs have rapidly decreased how much energy we need to power our lights. Is America finally ready to embrace heat pumps? In the wake of the scorching summer of 2023 and increasing concerns about climate change, many homeowners are searching for ways…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: The Inflation Reduction Act turns one. Also, Enphase Energy goes all in on American manufacturing 

The IRA is reshaping the American economy and reinvigorating manufacturing. Also, Enphase has opened three U.S. manufacturing facilities already this summer. On the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act A little over one year ago, on August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law, ushering in a new…

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Daren Wang
Good Energy: Can we turn plastic back into petroleum? Also, the Biden Administration is investing big in carbon capture technology. 

Recycling plastic back into fuel may have just gotten a lot more cost effective. Also, is carbon capture a good idea? Can you run your car on a Coke bottle? Few things make environmentalists throw up their hands in despair more than plastic. Plastic waste is everywhere—we even have microplastics in our bloodstreams. (1) And…

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