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How did David stand up to Goliath? In this modern-day take, hear the story about how two local energy champions in Taos, New Mexico, took on a giant utility.

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Cleantech is one of the biggest and most exciting technology industries today. But, despite the buzz, it remains complex and opaque. This article breaks it down into bite-sized chunks and explains how the terms and segments fit together.

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On the inaugural episode of The Freeing Energy Podcast, co-host Sam Easterby interviews founder Bill Nussey on the details of Bill’s personal journey in the world of local, decentralized energy – and where he sees that journey taking him.

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Looking back, 2018 was an amazing year for clean energy. Price and installation records were shattered across the globe. EVs took off. Grid scale batteries proved they worked at scale. Even the US solar tariffs were not enough to stop the clean energy juggernaut.

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Even conservative estimates forecast that transitioning to clean energy will require trillions of dollars of investments. Where will all this money come from? For better or worse, most of it will come from traditional sources like banks and governments. But, even thought it’s relatively smaller, venture capital will play a critical, catalytic role by lowering the risks for every other type of investment.

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Clean energy is one of the largest business opportunities in history. But, in 2011, the US venture capital industry lost over $10 billion betting on it. What led to this cleantech collapse? And what did we learn as funding for cleantech is on the rise again?

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Clean energy headlines from November:
– New renewables pull ahead of coal in cost race
– MorningStar: Coal has an ugly future
– Midterm elections were also about clean energy and clean energy lost
– California utilities under a crushing legal assault
– A radical new approach to electrical storage.

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Nuclear power is the most divisive and debated of all electric generation solutions. Critics say Fukushima and Chernobyl prove it is too dangerous. Supporters say there is no other proven way to generate huge amounts of carbon-free, baseload electricity. So, what is the answer? Should we step up our adoption of nuclear power or shut it down altogether?

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I climbed a 250-foot wind turbine to learn firsthand how wind power is changing the landscape of global energy. But it wasn’t until I got to the very top that I embraced the most important truth of wind power – size matters.

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My recent podcast interview with Suncast’s Nico Johnson covered a wide range of topics including the history of the grid and emerging business opportunities.

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For nuclear power to achieve its promise as a source of global-scale, rock-steady, emissions-free power, new approaches are needed. To understand how nuclear power can rise again, we need to take a look at fusion, small modular reactors, traveling wave reactors and more.

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While a stable grid is essential for the well being of developed countries, nuclear power magnifies the risks and rewards of making electricity to a level of national security. Few types of power generation are more contentious and none have the potential to affect the well being of nations like nuclear power – as both defender and demolisher.

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