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Justin Fox

New York Is Beating Texas in Carbon-Free Electricity, But Maybe Not for Long

Getting to a zero-emissions grid will be easier in states with wide-open spaces for wind and solar farms than in densely packed Northeastern ones.

Slow going.

Slow going.

Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

It’s been hot this summer in much of the US, with the intensity of the heat waves likely due in part to rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In response, the 88% of us with air conditioning have been cranking it up. To meet the resulting increase in electricity demand, power generators have been burning more natural gas, coal and other things, thus emitting lots of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

The key to getting out of this doom loop is moving to a system of electricity generation that isn’t so dependent on burning stuff. So how are we doing on that?