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Wind power in desert

Prosperity arises not only from putting power sources in new places. It also flows from helping people currently powerless to tap energy for more active lives. 

Policy Pinpoint: Lessons of (Recent) History

Lawyers and VCs have sized up the Inflation Reduction Act by now, and American energy systems will likely never stagnate again. For thinking about investment over the decades that decarbonization will take, take a trip back to another crossroads in the nation's energy history.
Growing food in the forest for financeable flourishing

Explainer: How Carbon Capture Contributes to Climate Strategies

There's too much operating need for carbon-heavy energy, and climate change is too far along, for society to do all its sustainability work through a switch to renewable fuels. Removing carbon from the atmosphere becomes necessary - and financing the removal involves a range of risks.
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Policy Pinpoint: Legislation and the Long Road Before Us

Many have boiled down the seminal Inflation Reduction Act, and many are burrowing into it. To set boundaries and context beyond the timing of tax credits, consider an analogy to how another blockbuster set of policies altered one of the world's more emissions-intensive cities.
Can Clean Peak Standards brighten the view in this part of Brooklyn?

Activists in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood have explored whether Clean Peak Standards can address air quality and energy inequity. (Photo by Victoria Belanger via Flickr Creative Commons.) 

Explainer: Can Clean Peak Standards Make Energy Economics Meet Energy Justice?

One state has tried requiring power at peak demand periods to come from clean sources. This mandate can improve air quality in low-income communities. Critics question its effect on emissions, though, and its optimal design as clean-energy storage for utilities evolves.
A steel factory (photo by Billy Wilson) in sunset. Will hydrogen bring a new dawn?

This steel factory in Michigan, captured at sunset, reflects one industry where hydrogen may promise a sort of new dawn. (Photo by Billy Wilson via Flickr Creative Commons.) 

Explainer: How Is Green Hydrogen Emerging As a Renewable Answer?

Not every analysis concludes that the scale-up costs of hydrogen make it more bankable than wind, solar and hydropower. But since hydrogen production requires less land, and since it can reach hard-to-decarbonize sectors, many investors are giving it a long look. Now you can too.

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