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Wall Street Wants In on America’s Battery Storage Boom
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Wall Street Wants In on America’s Battery Storage Boom

"Storage capacity in the U.S. has grown enough in recent years to be able to power many millions of homes, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. California and Texas dominate the industry, but projects are in the works in Nevada, Arizona and elsewhere to help meet growing power demand from artificial-intelligence data centers and manufacturing plants."

The Challenge of Building a New Plant: Paying the Electric Bill
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The Challenge of Building a New Plant: Paying the Electric Bill

"Domestic production of smelter aluminum—which is known as primary aluminum—is on pace this year for 689,000 metric tons, which would be the lowest since 1950. Smelters have been steadily going out of business for years, pinched between stagnant aluminum prices and escalating power costs, which in some cases have climbed by more than one-third in recent years."

Big Tech is stress testing the grid. It doesn’t have to be a disaster.
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Big Tech is stress testing the grid. It doesn’t have to be a disaster.

"Not every data center functions the same way. A March report from Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, the infrastructure spinoff from Google parent company Alphabet, found that under certain applications, data centers can 'provide large-scale flexibility to the grid.' Planned properly, the report said, data centers could help shave peak load, soak up excess wind and solar power, and utilize existing transmission that might otherwise be stranded."

Tech Industry Wants to Lock Up Nuclear Power for AI
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Tech Industry Wants to Lock Up Nuclear Power for AI

"Even if tech companies were to offset nuclear-power deals by funding the addition of renewable energy, experts say the likely result is more reliance on natural gas to replace diverted nuclear power. Natural gas-fired plants produce carbon emissions but, unlike renewables, can provide round-the-clock power and are cheaper and more practical to build than new nuclear plants."

Biden may have a petrol problem
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Biden may have a petrol problem

"A further option would be to allow more flexibility in the production and distribution of the different summer grades of petrol. Some in Congress will inevitably urge banning petrol exports, as they have before, but that would be deeply damaging to the credibility of the US as a reliable energy supplier."

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