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DOE: Failing to invest in grid-enhancing tech will be a 'massive miss'

A liftoff report coming this spring will focus on innovations in grid deployment — including how to bolster the existing grid without adding capacity.

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Seven trends that give us a window into the state of decarbonization

A roundup of 2024 highlights from a longtime climate tech analyst

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Data center construction is rising to meet demand

But regions like Salt Lake City and Atlanta are seeing particularly dramatic growth — and more energy load along with it.

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Dysfunctional grid interconnection processes leave most ISOs swamped

But ERCOT and CAISO are best-prepared to get their projects connected to the grid, an industry analysis found.

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Survey: Utilities are generative AI-curious, but first movers remain sparse

The hype cycle started by the release of ChatGPT lives on, but deployments are few and far between.

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Report: Electrothermal energy storage can yield consistent renewable electricity for industry

ETES’ unique combination of heat electrification and storage can rebalance electricity demands — and help industry decarbonize to boot.

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Report: NEM 3.0 is boosting storage, dragging down panel price in California

In the wake of the state’s new net metering rule, the residential solar market appears to be taking a new approach.

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Report: Falling costs of clean tech commodities offset by high inflation rates in 2023

Critical material prices largely normalized last year, per BloombergNEF report, but other challenges persist.

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New GET analysis is a “wake-up call” on interconnection woes

A report from the Rocky Mountain Institute finds tech like dynamic line ratings could save the world’s largest wholesale electricity market more than $1 billion in annual production costs.

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2024 trends: batteries, transferable tax credits, and the cost of capital

We go deep on Nat Bullard's 200-page slide deck on the biggest decarbonization trends in 2024.

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China still leads in renewables investment — but the gap is narrowing

Combined, the US, EU and UK poured $718 billion into energy transition technologies, surpassing China’s investment total for the first time.

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The transferable tax credit market is growing ‘more rapidly than anyone thought’

The IRA is widening the market for clean energy financing. But buyers and sellers of tax credits are still figuring it out.

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Climate venture investors riff on headwinds, hype, and wildcards of 2023

Despite a downturn in the climate tech sector, we may look back on 2023 as the “year of building” the green industrial economy.

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With climate venture capital down, industrial investments had a ‘breakout year’ in 2023

Sightline’s Kim Zou says megarounds for steel startups drove investment growth in industry, while alternative protein and vertical farming startups underperformed.

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NASA: There's hope yet for space-based solar

But the agency's new report finds we've got a lot of work to do to make extraterrestrial panels cost-competitive.