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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. decided to close its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant because its baseload power—often cited as nuclear's best asset—doesn't fit into the dynamic grid California is developing, a PG&E executive said today at the U.S.…

Three Reasons Trump Doesn't Matter To Energy Policy

The forces driving clean energy are likely to continue progressing regardless of efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to reverse them, a leading expert in energy policy said last week at Stanford University.
"I’m not saying it’s a good thing.…

After studying more than 22,500 ingredients for batteries, Energy Department researchers have settled on two prototypes they believe can surpass lithium-ion at much lower cost, the project's director announced.
The Joint Center for Energy Storage…

Trump Risks America's Biggest Energy Customer

Donald Trump's promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will need some gaping holes for natural-gas pipelines if Trump is also to keep his promises to grow the fossil-fuel industries and export more energy.
"As for President-elect Trump’s stated goal…

Fracking Gas Blazed A Trail For Renewables

A fierce competitor of both coal and renewables, shale gas has done at least one favor for solar and wind, according to a Harvard economist: it has demonstrated that the American energy system can accommodate sudden and massive influxes of…

To Save Coal, Trump Has To Raise Your Gas Bill

Republicans and Democrats both have reasons for perpetuating the idea of a "war on coal," energy experts said this week, but the decline in coal's fortunes stems largely from competition with natural gas.
"Both sides have a vested interest in the…

Nuclear Power's Last Hope: Climate Change

Climate change is the one phenomenon that could overcome public opposition and economic obstacles to nuclear power, a former director of Argonne National Laboratory said Friday.
"In principle I don't think there's a real obstacle to" building a new…

The transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is so established already that it would be difficult to reverse it, an official from the White House Office of Management and Budget said Monday.
And companies representing most of the world's capital…

100% Renewables Increasingly Looks Possible

Research may be toppling one of the strongest objections to renewable energy: that wind and solar are not reliable enough to support the grid 24-7-365, so they need fossil and nuclear backup.
Scientists seem to be finding solutions to the variability…