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These technologies could bring America to net zero emissions by 2050
These technologies could bring America to net zero emissions by 2050

From hydrogen for trucking to dramatic gains in other renewables, the report shows the possibilities.

Oct 19, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Exclusive: DOE launches push to meet hydrogen "Earthshot" goal

The fuel could decarbonize marine shipping, large trucks and energy storage.

Jun 7, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Climate change boosts support for divisive tech

Climate change experts say they're necessary to combat the problem.

Dec 14, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Biden's climate plan tries to bring unions into clean energy

Renewable energy has grown a lot, but union jobs have not.

Jul 20, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Wind and solar would struggle to replace coal-mining jobs

Renewable energy helps combat climate change, but the jobs potential is less clear.

Feb 5, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Why some in Big Oil are looking to go big in offshore wind

European oil and gas majors are leading the way.

Oct 30, 2019 - Energy & Environment

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions jumped in 2021

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Data: Rhodium Group; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Just-released data reveals the scope and details of U.S. carbon emissions increases as the economy rebounded from COVID-19 restrictions, highlighting how White House climate goals may slip out of reach absent major new policies.

Driving the news: America's emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases increased in 2021 compared to 2020, largely due to a jump in coal use, according to a new report from the climate consulting firm the Rhodium Group.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 7, 2022 - Economy & Business

Shell-backed solar developer raises $775 million

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Silicon Ranch Corp., a major solar developer backed by Shell, has raised $775 million in new equity capital as it eyes significant expansion.

Driving the news: Manulife Investment Management, an arm of the big insurer Manulife Financial Corp., led the round with $400 million.

Biden administration approves 2 solar projects in California

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

The Biden administration announced Tuesday it has approved two major solar projects on federal land in California's desert and moved to solicit interest in more solar power developments in other Western states.

Why it matters: The administration is using federal authority to press ahead with its clean energy plans after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he would not support President Biden's centerpiece climate and social policy legislation, per the New York Times.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Dec 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment

U.S. approves $500M for First Solar's module factory in India

Aerial view of sheep grazing next to photovoltaic cell solar panels on October 9 in Thirumani village, Karnataka, India. Photo: Abhishek Chinnappa/Getty Images

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will provide up to $500 million in debt financing for the U.S. company First Solar's plan to build a major module factory in India.

Why it matters: The DFC said its the largest debt financing transaction in its history. And the WSJ delves into the geopolitics of the deal, noting it's "putting American taxpayer money behind a bid to weaken China’s dominance of the solar industry’s supply chain."

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Dec 6, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The race to secure clean energy materials

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Reproduced from IEA; Chart: Axios Visuals

One persistent theme in analyses of the transition to cleaner energy is the scramble to obtain supplies needed for renewables projects, electric vehicle batteries and other low-carbon tech.

The big picture: "A typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car and an onshore wind plant requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-fired plant," the International Energy Agency noted in a report this year on critical minerals.

A milestone for more sustainable air travel

Fueling a United Airlines MAX 8 with sustainable aviation fuel on Dec. 1, 2021. Photo courtesy of United Airlines

United Airlines flew the world’s first passenger flight powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) Wednesday, from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Reagan Washington National.

Driving the news: The 737 MAX 8 flew with a high-ranking delegation aboard, including members of Congress, United CEO Scott Kirby, and partners in the newly expanded Eco-Skies Alliance, which includes companies such as Siemens, Palantir and Salesforce.

Biden administration approves second major offshore wind project

Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Image

The Biden administration approved Wednesday plans for a major offshore wind farm to supply power to New York.

Why it matters: The approval for the installation of a dozen turbines near Rhode Island marks a major step in the administration's goal of reaching 30 gigawatts of offshore wind-generating capacity in U.S. waters by 2030, powering more than 10 million homes.

How the Energy Department views rising gas prices

Gas prices in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 30, 2021. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

GLASGOW, Scotland The discussions over tapping the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a bid to bring down gas prices continue at the highest levels of government, Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk told Axios.

Why it matters: The Biden administration is trying to strike a delicate balance between emphasizing a push to pour hundreds of billions into clean energy technologies, including electric vehicle charging stations, while at the same time dealing with an energy supply crunch driving up prices.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Nov 6, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The obstacles to building our way out of climate change

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Averting catastrophic climate change — while ensuring economic growth for the world — will require renewable energy and carbon removal projects on a massive scale.

Why it matters: There's strong ingrained public resistance to big infrastructure projects, including among many environmentalists.

South Africa gets help moving away from coal

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At COP26 on Tuesday, the largest carbon emitter in Africa struck a deal with several industrialized countries, including the U.S., for funding its much-needed shift from coal.

The big picture: The $8.5 billion deal with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and the European Union will finance a "Just Energy Transition Partnership" to reduce emissions and ensure coal workers are not left behind by the shift to renewables.

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