The electricity system is currently set up as a dumb commodity system to provide cheap power. What we need is a smart system to provide energy services. To get there, we have to change utilities.
Utilities are boring and opaque, but central to any clean-energy future. So it's time to demystify them. Here's a plainspoken intro to how they work, and why.
Tom Steyer has made waves in climate politics with big money and hard-nosed tactics. Grist chats with him about Keystone, EPA, Obama, and how to win the climate fight.
Utilities are fighting with solar advocates over an obscure but important policy called "net metering." Here's what's at stake, and why it matters.
A new bill aims to reduce "super pollutants," which warm the atmosphere while also killing people and plants. It's a great idea; too bad we don't have a great Congress.
Political pundits are arguing over whether Obama will regulate CO2 from existing power plants. But the Clean Air Act very clearly requires him to do so.
Some folks are upset about Jonathan Chait's column in New York magazine arguing that Obama is making real progress on climate change. I think Chait mostly gets it right.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative produced $1.6 billion in economic value for participating states, a new study finds. Yes, carbon trading can be good for the economy.
It would look like a lot of big government, according to a pair of new papers. And it would take a very strong climate movement to get there.