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New Report Tackles Electric Vehicle Charging Payment Challenges and Offers Key Recommendations

Payment issues can affect electric vehicle (EV) drivers’ charging experiences. EV charging should be accessible, convenient, and reliable, and payment issues affect both accessibility and reliability. Addressing payment issues presents an opportunity for improvements that may speed along EV adoption and improve drivers’ time with their EVs, keeping them on … [continued]

Two Communities Find Electric Vehicle Options That Meet Local Goals Through Clean Energy To Communities

When the Board of Commissioners for Washtenaw County, Michigan, approved a climate action plan in 2022, the county was uncertain what implementation steps it needed to take—and how to pay for all of it. Limited staff, financing, resources, and data meant the county’s fleet management team “needed help in any … [continued]

NREL researchers and crew prepared to deploy three moorings in Cook Inlet, Alaska, in July to collect data for a potential tidal energy site. (Photo By Levi Kilcher / NREL)

Alaska’s Wind, Wave, & Tidal Resources Could Help State Meet Future Energy Needs

Offshore wind makes sense for decarbonizing energy production and building energy security and independence when it comes to ocean renewable energy production in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), according to an analysis by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Their new report, “Feasibility Study for Renewable Energy Technologies … [continued]

Do We Still Need Hydropower?

The Truth Behind Hydropower’s Role in Our Battle Against Climate Change In 2022, journalist Ezra Klein posed a question to the Reddit community: “Why is it that no one seems to talk about hydropower anymore?” It is a good question. And a handful of Redditors answered. Dams have displaced people, one … [continued]

Local Priorities Drive Energy Transitions in Remote, Coastal, & Island Communities

Applications Open for Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, Which Connects Decision Makers With Energy Insights Remote, coastal, and island communities across the country face similar energy resilience challenges—from high energy costs and aging infrastructure to outages from extreme weather events and climate change impacts—but each community’s values and priorities create … [continued]

NREL Unveils Groundbreaking Generative Machine Learning Model To Simulate Future Energy-Climate Impacts

New Open-Source, Publicly Available Model Rapidly Produces Super-Detailed Future Climate Data To Support Integrated Energy System Planning As countries worldwide transition to more wind and solar generation and electrify energy end uses, societies are becoming more intertwined with weather conditions. Meanwhile, the climate is rapidly changing and making extreme weather … [continued]