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The West currently operates under a power trading mechanism called the Energy Imbalance Market, but some states are exploring efforts to better connect the region.

As much as two thirds of North America could face shortages of electricity this summer in the event of severe and protracted heat, according to the regulator in charge of setting and enforcing standards for the electric grid. Read more»

The program is targeted to 'vulnerable, disadvantaged, Tribal and energy communities,' in line with a Biden administration goal to give at least 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal spending to disadvantaged communities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin to administer two loan and grant programs worth nearly $11 billion to boost clean energy systems in rural areas to equal footing with larger privately owned companies that have already put major funding into clean energy deployment. Read more»

Smoky conditions, similar to the haze covering San Francisco, continued in the Midwest and on the East Coast in 2021, as the West Coast fires continued to burn.

Scientists are finding in an ongoing study that despite the haze from far-off blazes, enough indirect sunlight was available to fuel the nation’s burgeoning solar panel industry in 2020 - good news as the U.S. government is seeking to quickly ramp up solar energy production. Read more»

Some tribes, such as the Navajo Nation, have formed their own utilities to build infrastructure and control cost and rate structures.

Significant changes are underway that have the potential to create a more sustainable world, and two key systems that drive the world’s economy – energy and finance – are starting to shift toward sustainability. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a lease with American Battery Factory, which plans to spend $1.2 billion to start making battery cells in Tucson and says the company plans to bring in 1,000 jobs with average salaries of $65,000. Read more»

Arizona had the seventh-highest number of electric vehicles in the nation in 2020, but charging stations remain scarce. Grand Canyon National Park is among the spots in the state accessible by electric vehicle.

With more electric vehicles humming down highways, states can take advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which gives $5 billion nationally for public charging stations as part of the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program. Read more»

Some tribes, such as the Navajo Nation, have formed their own utilities to build infrastructure and control cost and rate structures.

From Arizona to Maine and beyond, a new generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs, activists and government leaders are making strides and money with clean energy as a way for Native people to regain control over their own energy decisions and continue to be stewards of the land. Read more»

IEI residential project on Standing Rock at the home of Tribal elders.

Indigenized Energy Initiative - a nonprofit established to help guide further solar development on Native lands - is working "to developing renewable energy as a means to mitigate climate change, eliminate poverty and restore sovereignty in Tribal communities." Read more»

A Tesla powering up at an electric vehicle charging station along I-10 in Casa Grande.

The $370 billion climate, energy and health care bill includes incentives to expand renewable energy and electric vehicles - but there’s a catch, and it could end up making it difficult for most EVs to qualify for the new incentive. Read more»

An electric stove is more than twice as efficient as a gas stove, and induction stoves are even more efficient.

New research suggests that natural gas is not the “clean” alternative the industry touts, and a gas stove is likely polluting your home and contributing to climate change. Read more»

Many West Virginia business and political leaders, including Manchin, hope that natural gas will create jobs and revenue, offsetting the decline of the coal industry.

Democratic leadership agreed to legislation streamlining permits for the often-stalled Mountain Valley Pipeline and removing jurisdiction from a court that keeps ruling against the project - in exchange for Sen. Joe Manchin's vote on the climate change bill. Read more»

The Coronado Generating Station is one of three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona set to shut down in the next decade, as market forces drive the industry away from coal. The coal-burning Navajo Generating Station closed in 2019 because cost-effectiveness.

The Supreme Court ruled this summer that the EPA could not force power plants to move away from fossil fuels, but in Arizona, a market-driven shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy has long been in the works at the power plants in the state. Read more»

President Joe Biden announces climate change initiatives at a press event at a coal power plant that closed in 2017 in Somerset, Massachusetts, that has since become an offshore wind farm and undersea cable manufacturing plant.

Balking at the Senate’s failure to rally behind climate provisions of his Build Back Better plan, President Biden announced that he will begin issuing executive orders and proclamations in the coming days to combat the climate change emergency. Read more»

Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources. Read more»

Environmentalist Max Wilbert with the group Protect Thacker Pass stands in front of a gate blocking access to Lithium Nevada Corp.'s proposed mine at Thacker Pass outside of Orovada, Nevada, on March 10, 2022. Wilbert and others, including several tribal communities, are trying to stop the mine. The area contains some of the largest concentrations of lithium in the U.S.

As the country sources more of the materials needed for green energy domestically, tribal nations and Indigenous groups are fighting a proposed lithium mine in Nevada and a proposed copper mine in Arizona over impacts to culturally important land. Read more»

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