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Eclipse puts US power grid to the test

Eclipse puts US power grid to the test

As the U.S. prepares for a solar eclipse on April 8, the event poses a unique challenge for the nation's solar-powered energy grid, potentially affecting millions.

Umair Irfan reports for Vox.

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How generous subsidies helped Australia to become a leader in solar power

For a brief period over several weekends this spring, the state of South Australia, which has a population of 1.8m, did something no other place of a similar size can claim: generate enough energy from solar panels on the roofs of houses to meet virtually all its electricity needs.

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The US power grid quietly survived record summer heat waves without outages

With little acknowledgment and no applause, the power grid across the continental United States this summer quietly pulled off what may have been its most impressive feat ever.

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Carbon-free grid? There may not be enough workers to build it

There have been widespread warnings that a looming shortage of energy workers may jeopardize President Joe Biden's climate goals. Here's what is true.
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DOE commits $450M to install rooftop solar for highest-need Puerto Ricans

Gabriela Aoun Angueira reports in Grist about Department of Energy plans to allocate nearly $500 million to install rooftop solar and battery backup systems on the homes of vulnerable residents in Puerto Rico, aiming to provide reliable and affordable energy to high-need households amid frequent blackouts.

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Grid rewiring: An answer for Biden's climate goals?

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm’s search for clean energy solutions has led her to a strategy that dodges permitting problems, saves money and could bring large amounts of renewables online, but remains largely unused.

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Why buying renewable energy doesn't mean what you think

The popular method of buying renewable "credits" for emissions is inflating green power claims.