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California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down in 2013. julius fekete/shutterstock.com

The demise of US nuclear power in 4 charts

Commercial nuclear reactors provide roughly one-fifth of the electricity produced in the US. But they face grave threats to their continued operation.
A aerial view of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tank farm is pictured in Burnaby, B.C. The federal government is buying Trans Mountain and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets. Opposition to pipeline construction in Canada has transformed over the decades, shifting from being a local issue to one of global concerns. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

The complicated history of building pipelines in Canada

Canada has a long history of building energy pipelines against a backdrop of environmental uncertainty. Decades ago, the opposition came from local groups. Now it's a global issue.
Block Island Wind, the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S., started operation in 2016. Ionna22

Market forces are driving a clean energy revolution in the US

A recent survey of electric utility leaders finds that Trump administration efforts to promote coal energy and roll back air pollution regulations have had little impact on their long-range plans.
Grid-scale energy storage systems may make it easier to rely completely on renewable energy. petrmalinak/Shutterstock.com

How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

Saving power to use later lets consumers, businesses and utilities generate energy when it's cheap and deliver it when they need it most. There's not much of it today, but the industry is growing fast.
The New Zealand government is introducing legislation to become zero-carbon by 2050, but will consider new permits for coal mining, offshore oil drilling and fracking on a case-by-case basis. from shutter stock.com

Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves

Natural gas is touted as a “bridging fuel” to displace coal while moving to a low-carbon economy. In New Zealand, this is shortsighted and could lead to stranded assets and hold back renewables.
The home biogas system offers a zero-emissions alternative to paying for fossil gas. Samuel Alexander

Home biogas: turning food waste into renewable energy

Australians love cooking with gas, but what if you could make your own supply, using leftover food waste? It may be time for more households to embrace home biogas – and stop paying gas bills.
A tanker ship heads into Liverpool harbour as a pilot boats heads out. In the background. In the background, the Burbo Bank wind farm. While new facilities have increased capacity, the UK currently imports 6% of its electricity. Andrew/Flickr

‘Energy Brexit’: What are the consequences on both sides of the Channel?

A year after Brexit, experts from the Grenoble École de Management and the Centre for European Economic Research look at what impacts the UK's leaving the EU could have on energy prices and security.
The surge in U.S. oil and natural gas production has transformed the energy picture in the country, but the influence is muted globally. Pixabay

Is energy ‘dominance’ the right goal for US policy?

The Trump administration has set a new national policy: energy dominance. But can the US really dominate other countries through fossil fuel exports?

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