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Finally, the first room-temperature superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.
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California report on blackouts blames climate change and planning

Grid managers ordered rolling blackouts across the state during a heat wave in August for the first time in two decades.
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Climate

How coal-loving Australia became the leader in rooftop solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.
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Climate

Its electric grid under strain, California turns to batteries

When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.
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Toxics

Poor planning left California short of electricity in a heat wave

Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.
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Climate

California expresses frustration as blackouts enter 4th day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.
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Toxics

Europe’s big oil companies are turning electric

Under pressure from governments and investors, industry leaders like BP and Shell are accelerating their production of cleaner energy.
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Climate

How PG&E is racing to improve safety as fire season approaches

The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.
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The next energy battle: Renewables vs. natural gas

As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.
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Nuclear ‘power balls’ may make meltdowns a thing of the past

Triso particles are an alien-looking fuel with built-in safety features that will power a new generation of high-temperature reactors.
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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in Camp Fire case

The California utility’s transmission line started the 2018 fire that killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.
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California regulators back PG&E bankruptcy plan

The vote increases the likelihood that the utility will resolve its case by a June 30 deadline and get future liability protection from the state.
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PG&E says wildfire victims back settlement in bankruptcy

The vote to accept a $13.5 billion deal will help the California utility resolve its bankruptcy in time to qualify for a state wildfire fund.
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In a first, renewable energy is poised to eclipse coal in U.S.

The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big.
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