renewable energy

Country road at sunset (Shutterstock)

Nuclear power’s growing role in a clean energy future

A new U.S.-backed initiative is promoting innovative ways to integrate nuclear power into carbon-free and renewable energy systems.
Student in lab coat standing among tubes and flasks in lab (© Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)

A pioneer town reinventing how we harness energy

Fort Collins, Colorado, began as a cavalry outpost in the Old West, but grew into a 21st century capital of scientific innovation, tackling the world's greatest energy challenges.
Woman holding a plant and stick (Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

Turning plants into fuel

Four U.S. research centers are developing technologies that can turn certain plants — such as switchgrass, poplar or sorghum — into biofuels.
A woman and two men standing near a poster for charcoal and holding bags of charcoal (BrightGreen Renewable Energy)

African women entrepreneurs break barriers

Women like Chebet Lesan are leaving traditional jobs and making their way as businesswomen. Read about several entrepreneurs who are breaking barriers in Africa.
Sun shining on solar panels (Shutterstock)

How one school system is going solar

A small Indiana town has always relied on the sun to grow crops but now will count on it to power schools.
Illustration of wind blowing turbine (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

5 myths about wind energy

Wind energy has come a long way. Today it's more efficient and cheaper than ever. What do you think you know about wind energy that isn't true?
Line of wind turbines on ridge (ERCOT)

Everything is big in Texas, including wind power

It only took a few years — and good planning — to make big oil producer Texas the leader in U.S. wind energy.
Car on assembly line (GM)

Buyers flex purchasing power for the environment. Suppliers save billions.

Companies are working to make their supply chains greener as part of their push for energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly business practices.
Aerial view of an island with buildings on it (National Park Service/Frank Schmidt)

Welcome to Alcatraz: One of the largest microgrids in the United...

The San Francisco Bay island of Alcatraz, formerly a high-security prison, is now a tourist destination with its own renewable-energy system.