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Climate change challenges the U.S. energy grid

While the $2.7 trillion infrastructure bill just "scratches the surface" of what's needed to fix the U.S. energy grid, it's "realistic" to replace the grid's fossil fuels with clean sources by 2035 or so — should we muster the political will, Baker Institute Faculty Scholar Dan Cohan tells NPR. | Sept. 16, 2021, 3:40 p.m.

Texas grid: state's fixes not enough to prevent blackouts?

After February's freeze and statewide electricity blackout, Texas leaders "dropped the ball on not doing anything on  [securing out-of-state electricity] transmission," he said. "Even if we don’t become fully integrated with the national grid," Texas should at least  "have more of those ties [which] could make us much more resilient."  Read more at NPR's Marketplace. | Sept. 15, 2021, 7:04 a.m.

In Ghana, secret contracts hurt consumers & climate

Lack of accountability in electricity contracts left Ghana with debt and an unreliable power grid, writes nonresident energy fellow Todd Moss. In a blog for Energy for Growth, Moss argues for transparency in energy agreements. | Sept. 3, 2021, 3:59 p.m.

How will Hurricane Ida affect gas prices?

Although Ida knocked out most offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production, energy fellow Mark Finley says that the global market, the end of the peak-demand season, and relaxed fuel specifications could help avert major gas shortages and sky-high prices. | Sept. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.