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It’s getting more expensive to firm up renewables

Lazard added firming costs to its annual levelized cost of energy report in 2023. And this year, those costs are ticking up.

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Small renewables developers face a financing catch-22

Big banks won’t give them a glance until they’re interconnected. But that takes working capital, in short supply for small projects.

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Despite new Colorado law, Xcel says the biggest VPP hurdle is still the tech

For the utility, the jump to a distributed system is rife with technical complication.

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Investor Andrew Beebe talks AI-fueled geothermal and ‘the edge of the possible’

Beebe thinks AI will unlock more clean, firm power — while also sparking a new era of generative science.

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Outgoing FERC commissioner pushes long-term grid planning

Order 1920 is out. But it’s just one piece of the “Rubik’s cube” of grid planning needed to protect customers and reliability, Clements said.

The US gets serious about carbon removal

The Biden administration is giving the nascent sector a boost, while utilities are challenging its viability in court.

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Former Tesla exec Drew Baglino: AI load growth won’t be 'as dramatic as people think'

Drew Baglino countered concerns about rising load growth, transmission bottlenecks, and mineral requirements.

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It’s an unsettled time for VPPs in California

PG&E said it expects to have 412 MW of virtual power plant capacity this year. But deep potential budget cuts may complicate further growth.

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The UK’s battery market can boom again

After several years of ricochet, revenues for the U.K.’s battery storage market are poised to rise again.

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Grid modernization isn’t just a technology challenge

Massachusetts industry stakeholders spotlight the need to focus less on the tech, and more on people and legacy systems.

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Four ways to move big, heavy things

Relying on batteries alone is impractical for planes, ships, and big trucks. Energy Impact Partners’ Andy Lubershane outlines four alternatives.

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Drew Baglino on Tesla’s Master Plan

The former Tesla executive explains why he’s optimistic about renewables, transmission bottlenecks, and critical minerals.

Four potential unsung heroes of cleantech, according to investors

Subsectors like geothermal, energy efficiency, and onshore wind could hold promising returns.

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With Xcimer raise, cleantech investors once again bet on nuclear fusion

The start-up raised $100 million to develop a prototype of its laser-based tech.

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'Bad data means bad predictions': Experts advise Congress on AI load growth

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee heard testimony on how to better predict regional data center load growth.