Wind power is great, when there is wind. New forecasting services aim to take some of the guesswork out of when and where renewable energy will come from, predicting wind speeds far enough in advance to save energy companies billions.
Rare earth metals are in everything—from rechargeable batteries to the steel in buildings to jet engines. But right now, they come only from China. So major corporations and the government are re-engineering more common minerals to get the same performance.
If used nuclear fuel is still so dangerous that we have to bury it in mountains, why can't we keep producing electricity from it? New initiatives around the world are exploring the energy potential of nuclear recycling.
The new Bureau of Energy Resources is a combination of the Department of Energy and the Department of State, using technical smarts and diplomacy to increase the market for clean energy around the world.