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As more homes like these in Folsom, Calif., add solar power, electricity pricing becomes more complicated. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

California is wrestling with electricity prices – here’s how to design a system that covers the cost of fixing the grid while keeping prices fair

California is considering a controversial proposal for utilities to charge customers for electricity based partly on household income. Two scholars explain how this approach could benefit everyone.
A worker lifts a solar panel to the roof of a home in Frankfort, Ky. Small-scale solar infrastructure can deliver green energy at a fraction of the life-cycle emissions as large solar farms. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Small-scale solar has key benefits, and one critical weakness, over large solar farms

Looking to go solar? While small-scale solar delivers the best results with the least life-cycle impact, a mixed approach offers the best long-term path towards an all-electric future.
An ambitious clean energy transition requires more of the metals and minerals used to build clean energy technologies. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

How recycling could solve the shortage of minerals essential to clean energy

The demand for the minerals needed to build clean energy technology currently exceeds the available supply. If this issue continues, governments may find it hard to reach their clean energy targets.
Lithium, essential for EV batteries, could be South America’s white gold. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

‘Global China’ is a big part of Latin America’s renewable energy boom, but homegrown industries and ‘frugal innovation’ are key

China is a major investor in Latin America’s renewable energy and critical minerals like lithium, but countries like Chile are also taking steps to secure their own clean energy future.

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