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Articles by Mike Jacobs

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You heard right: Trump administration is bailing out coal plants

You heard right: Trump administration is bailing out coal plants

Consumers paying more on electric bills is exactly what might happen if the US DoE goes through with plan to bail out uneconomic coal plants.

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Jaw-dropping news in the solar vs. fossil fuels debate

Jaw-dropping news in the solar vs. fossil fuels debate

Regulators reveal gas plants in US do not do what they are supposed to do – respond to “white knuckle” events in the grid. So much for accusations that wind and solar are the cause of grid problems.

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The Pope is an energy wonk. Engineers agree with his assessment

The Pope is an energy wonk. Engineers agree with his assessment

Beyond the churches, the Pope’s teachings are supported by the most comprehensive engineering analyses of the U.S. power grid.

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Rooftop solar: Grid parity coming in more than half of US states

Rooftop solar: Grid parity coming in more than half of US states

For more than 120 years, homes and businesses have been buying electricity. Now rooftop solar is changing the way hundreds of thousands of homeowners get energy.

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Want to cut electricity sector emissions by 40%?

Want to cut electricity sector emissions by 40%?

US study shows raising renewable energy to 30% of electricity mix can cut CO2 emissions by 40%, while maintaining reliability of the grid.

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Disproving the sceptics: 10x more wind and solar? No problem!

Disproving the sceptics: 10x more wind and solar? No problem!

US study finds adding 10x more wind power than currently used in 13-state area, and 5x more solar, would increased reliability and cut emissions.

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13 of the largest power outages in history – and what they reveal

13 of the largest power outages in history – and what they reveal

The 2003 Northeast blackout left 50m people across US and Canada without power for days. What has this, and 12 other similar outages, taught us?

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Buffett & co choose wind energy investment over nuclear

Buffett & co choose wind energy investment over nuclear

Two big US energy investment announcements show wind and efficiency are financeable and attractive, new small ‘modular’ nuclear reactors are not.

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Solar dawns on southern tea parties

Solar dawns on southern tea parties

In southern US states like Georgia, where nuclear costs are marching higher, even the ultra-conservative Tea Party is calling for fair access to solar energy.

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Nuclear vs Solar: Corporate profits and public risk

Nuclear vs Solar: Corporate profits and public risk

A UCS-sponsored study of the projected costs of a proposed US nuclear plant illustrates why there are much better energy investments available.

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How US ratepayers are benefitting from wind by wire

How US ratepayers are benefitting from wind by wire

Last week, another US coal-burning utility announced a significant wind power purchase that would lead to lower, more stable electricity prices.