Top 5 Friday - July 7

Getting Critical Minerals Right

By Peter Cook & Seaver Wang, The Breakthrough Institute, June 29, 2023

What does it really mean to “get critical minerals right?” The Breakthrough Institute provides a report full of policy recommendations to improve domestic mine permitting efficiency while promoting strong environmental and social standards.

Renewables help tame Texas electricity costs as heat wave swamps state

Texas, prone to extremely hot temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns, has the second largest renewable capacity in the US – second only to California. The influx of solar power installed across the state has allowed electricity usage to keep climbing while reducing the strain on the grid’s fossil fuel fleet.

Urban Alaska can learn from energy innovation in rural Alaska

By Gwen Holdmann, Alaska Beacon, July 5, 2023

Gwen Holdmann of Alaska Center for Energy and Power challenges readers to look at energy challenges from a demand-side perspective. Communities in the remote parts of the state have long served as incubators for innovative strategies related energy consumption and cost, serving as an inspiration to rural energy consumers.


By Joel Acosta, Energy In Depth, June 29, 2023

Joel Acosta channels his inner Adam Savage and busts some myths around Carbon Capture in the United States.

Electric utilities for Anchorage and Mat-Su install $63 million Tesla battery system

By Alex DeMarban, Anchorage Daily News, July 6, 2023

With a looming gas shortage in the Cook Inlet, two Southcentral Alaska electrical associations install Tesla battery systems to help bolster the regions renewable energy efforts.


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