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Government policies sparked rapid growth and technology innovation in solar energy, wind energy and battery markets. Michael Hall/Getty Images

Technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down emissions fast – here’s how

Technology innovation is one of the Biden administration’s most powerful tools for accelerating progress on climate change. Recent successes in renewable energy and batteries show how this can work.
Wind turbines and fighter jets both rely on imported critical minerals. U.S. Air Force; Dennis Schroeder/NREL

The US is worried about its critical minerals supply chains – essential for electric vehicles, wind power and the nation’s defense

Right now, the nation is almost entirely dependent on other countries for minerals that are used in everything from wind turbines to strike fighters and satellites.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in Tehachapi, Calif., 115 miles from LA. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The US needs a macrogrid to move electricity from areas that make it to areas that need it

The US electricity grid is actually five regional grids, and it's hard to share power between them. A macrogrid could bridge the gaps, making electricity cheaper and more reliable.
Building a U.S. offshore wind industry will require more than just fast-tracking permits. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets – what will it take to meet them?

To increase renewable energy use, the Biden administration wants the US to go from seven offshore wind turbines today to enough to power 10 million homes within a decade.
The first floating offshore wind turbine “floatgen” is pictured off La Turballe, western France on September 28 2018. Sebastien Salom Gomis/AFP

A green stimulus to boost the energy transition?

Can Europe's response to the Covid-19 health crisis put its economy on a greener path? To help answer this question, the recent GEM Energy Barometer polled around 100 energy experts in France.
How can we store energy from intermittent renewable energy sources? Benny(I am empty)/ Flickr

How heat can be used to store renewable energy

Pumped thermal electricity storage turns electricity into heat and back again – which can compensate for the intermittent supply of renewables.

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