How can we store energy from intermittent renewable energy sources?
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Pumped thermal electricity storage turns electricity into heat and back again – which can compensate for the intermittent supply of renewables.
Lake Turkana Wind Power turbines.
Our research shows how a large scale renewable energy project can be plagued by many of the same troubling impacts on local communities as oil and extractive industries.
Wind towers are getting taller.
A proposal for 270m tall wind turbines on Robbins Island has ruffled some feathers – but here's why towering turbines are here to stay.
Power failure. It’s gas, not wind, that’s pushing up electricity prices.
An eight year study of half hourly prices finds that wind and solar generation have been pushing wholesale electricity prices down.
Solar workers on the job in Oregon.
Multiple studies have found the overall impact on labor markets to be minor, even if some workers will need new career paths.
Replacing wind turbines could significantly increase Britain's power output.
Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry checks out a wind turbine.
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There are some good explanations for the mismatch between regional support for climate action and the areas where renewable energy is making the biggest inroads.
Monitoring the flow of electrical power at the California Independent System Operator grid control center.
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A new law provides flexibility in terms of how the state can meet this new target for the electricity it consumes.
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Scientists have modelled the effects of huge hypothetical energy projects in the desert.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
Analysts hope that South Africa’s new energy plan will have wind and solar plans.
South Africa's new energy plan is set to be announced.
As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather.
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There are calls from the backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal. But do those calls make economic sense? A look at Queensland's energy landscape suggests not.
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive energy law in 2016 that authorized the development of new offshore wind and hydroelectric projects.
Massachusetts governor’s office
Several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have developed ambitious renewable energy targets that hinge in large part on getting their power from turbines stationed in the water.
Block Island Wind, the first offshore wind energy project in the U.S., started operation in 2016.
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.
Solar photovoltaics are now the world’s leading source of new electricity generation.
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Solar photovoltaics and wind power are on track to supplant fossil-fuel-based electricity generation by the 2030s. The only thing holding back the renewable revolution is politics.
Grid-scale energy storage systems may make it easier to rely completely on renewable energy.
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.
‘I was the future once.’
To understand what happened to our love of giant radioactive kettles, take a look at cultural theory.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon at a leaders’ debate hosted by the ABC.
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SA Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall said that state Labor policy had left South Australians with 'the highest energy prices in Australia' and 'the least reliable grid'. Is that right?
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The fossil fuel era won't last forever. And a new set of countries will find their reserves of lithium, copper and rare earth metals are in high demand.
The Loy Yang power station ‘tripped’ early in the year, triggering fears of a summer of blackouts.
February is the riskiest time of the year for blackouts, as the nation returns to work and school and soaring temperatures put pressure on the system.