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Three of Deepwater Wind's turbines stand in the water off Block Island, R.I. Michael Dwyer / AP

Deepwater Wind is proposing a 144 megawatt project off the Massachusetts coast that would also have 40 megawatt-hour battery storage system provided by Tesla. The project, if approved, would begin construction in 2022 and start operating in 2023.

  • How it works: Combining storage with solar and wind projects helps to deploy more renewables onto the grid by creating flexibility to provide energy from intermittent resources when it's most needed.
  • Why it matters: If built, it would be the world's largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project, according to Deepwater Wind.

Still not a player: While there are several projects planned, for now the U.S. remains a bit player in the global offshore wind market that's currently dominated by European projects. Deepwater Wind's Block Island project off Rhode Island is the only U.S. commercial offshore wind farm in operation.

  • "[A] firm pipeline is beginning to emerge in the early 2020s as [U.S.] states slowly establish new routes to market," notes a recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Still, the U.S. accounts for a very small share of the cumulative 71 gigawatt offshore wind market they forecast in 2025 as Chinese development grows rapidly and Europe, also growing, remains the biggest player overall.

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Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

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