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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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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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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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'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.

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The White House just gave GETs the green light

With anticipated load growth, the grid needs technologies “that can cook right now,” said climate advisor Ali Zaidi.

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Understanding the politics and loopholes in Biden's Chinese EV tariffs

This week on Political Climate, we talk tariffs. Plus, polls show many voters are unaware of Biden's climate wins.

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Why NEM 3.0's battery bump isn't guaranteed beyond California

The conditions that led to a surge in batteries aren't in place for the next states making changes to net metering.

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Biden’s permitting plan: Silver bullet or more red tape?

The President recently announced additional new rules on power plants, EVs, and more. Which ones will survive legal opposition?

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Taking stock of IRA wins and political threats

Biden’s landmark climate bill has fueled billions in private investment. How much does the election threaten it?

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How an obscure, 100-year old law is disrupting U.S. energy

The 1920 Jones Act increases the costs of offshore wind, fossil fuels, and domestic shipping.

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David Crane: Permitting reform is “missing link” for energy transition

And Edison International’s Pizarro added that siting and permitting are eating up most of the 10-12 year timeline to build a transmission project.

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Political Climate is back!

After a hiatus, the podcast is relaunching to bring you insider scoops with voices from across the political spectrum.

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Is the IRA luring European cleantech companies? It’s complicated.

There is no question that the Inflation Reduction Act is a big deal — but its impact on transatlantic investment may have been overstated.

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Could utilities become the 'FedEx of electricity’?

Holy Cross CEO Bryan Hannegan says a contentious net metering plan in Colorado is paving the way for a new utility business model.

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With IRA execution still underway, looming elections step up the pressure

The clock is ticking to make new climate and clean energy regulations “durable,” say DC reporters Jennifer Dlouhy and Justin Worland.