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Reality Check: Appalachia Poised to Become Clean Energy Country

When it comes to the clean energy transition, many fear that coal-dependent regions like Appalachia will lose out or be left behind. But a new analysis from RMI challenges that assumption, finding that Appalachia could be the region to see the biggest economic benefit from the deployment of wind and…

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Bringing Reliable, Renewable Energy to the People

Income inequality is palpable on the streets of the United States in cities and towns alike. On one block you may have neighborhoods with maintained roads and sidewalks, well-funded schools, and easy access to services including grocery stores, transit, healthcare, and banks. And on the next block you may have…

Resilience in Louisiana: Lessons from the Military and Islands

Three days after Hurricane Ida made landfall, roughly 2 million people remain without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi. Even critical facilities, including sewage pumps in New Orleans and a hospital in rural South Louisiana, have seen outages. These and other incidents underscore just how dependent our civilization…

How the California Grid Can Become More Resilient to Wildfire

As the Bootleg Fire in Oregon continues to burn, the impacts of the largest US wildfire of 2021 have been felt well beyond the state’s border. Not only have the Bootleg Fire and other active fires blanketed skies with smoke as far away as New York City, but the…

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Powering Rural Economic Development with Renewables

Despite serving only 13 percent of US electricity load, electric cooperatives loom large in conversations about the US energy system’s past, present, and future. The initial vision for nonprofit electric co-ops dates back to the New Deal, when the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 authorized the creation of co-ops…