The US states of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have signed a pact to collaborate on offshore wind development. The regional partnership is a potential model to avoid zero-sum, state-by-state competition and build a larger US market.
Hydrogen, electric planes, cybersecurity, heat pumps, electric vehicles, gas, oil, CO2 removal, bitcoin and batteries have been some of our biggest hitters over the past year. To mark its first birthday, Energy Monitor takes stock of what is driving the energy transition.
Governments at all levels are establishing green banks to catalyse investment in carbon-cutting solutions. In the US, Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress want to take the model nationwide.
The IPCC’s latest report makes it clear that little time remains to prevent even more dangerous global warming – but to surrender to despair, when clean energy is ready to take over from fossil fuels, would be a mistake.
Global clean energy investment is insufficient to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In the US, Senate Democrats intend to use an arcane parliamentary procedure to advance Joe Biden’s climate agenda. It may be the world's best chance to close the spending gap.
What gets measured gets managed. Researchers say visibility of oil and gas companies’ methane emissions will unleash the power of markets to slash planet-warming pollution.
“If you want more renewables, you need more transmission,” says Steve Frenkel, vice-president of SOO Green HVDC Link. The solution, he tells Energy Monitor, is co-locating power lines underground along existing transportation corridors.
Blistering heatwaves, crippling drought and catastrophic wildfires – abnormal is the new normal in California. Weaning the state off fossil fuels will help tackle these interlinked threats.
Floating platforms will enable turbines to operate in deep water and tap gusts far from shore, but developers must optimise designs and drive down costs.
Researchers are developing solid-state lithium batteries that are safer, more powerful and longer lasting than today’s batteries, with electric vehicle applications the Holy Grail, Princeton University’s Kelsey Hatzell tells Energy Monitor.
Microgrids – local power grids that can operate independently of the larger grid – are becoming an indispensable tool in building a clean, flexible, secure and cheaper energy system.
The International Energy Agency's net-zero emissions pathway urges policymakers to begin banning the sale of new fossil fuel boilers and furnaces in 2025. Governments should not wait that long.