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A historic freeze in February left at least 40,000 people in Jackson, Miss., without running water for weeks, displaying the fragility of the city's water system after decades of outmigration, deferred maintenance, and declining federal support. Martin Doyle was among several national policy experts who spoke to Mississippi Today about how other American cities have navigated large-scale water funding shortages and how Jackson could move forward.

North Carolina has a history of adopting clean energy policies to proactively manage changes in the state's electricity system. A new generation of policies could once again help ensure the electricity system is cleaner, affordable, and reliable for decades to come, write UNC CE3's Jonas Monast and the Nicholas Institute's Kate Konschnik in a commentary for Southeast Energy News.

Beyond the recent blackouts in Texas, new technologies and a changing climate require changes to old grid models, write four participants in the RTOGov project for a Niskanen Center blog post.

An analysis of North Carolina's Clean Energy Plan conducted by the Nicholas Institute and UNC's Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics suggests a combination of "push" and "pull" policies may be the best way for the state to meet its carbon-reduction goals. Kate Konschnik told S&P Global Market Intelligence that the results indicate North Carolina has options, with many pathways appearing to be economically and technologically feasible.

The electric power sector is changing, and North Carolina is in the position to shift to cleaner, cost-effective energy production that can reduce pollution, according to a report released earlier this month. Kate Konschnik spoke with Coastal Review Online about the options presented in the report.

In developing countries, reliable energy access for health facilities is essential to maintain cold storage for COVID-19 vaccines. Rob Fetter and Cyrus Sinai write for The Conversation about how solar power could provide a solution in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kate Konschnik joined the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast to talk about Recommendation A1 from North Carolina’s Clean Energy Plan—decarbonizing the electric sector.

On March 5, Duke in DC hosted the event “Energy & Utilities,” part of its Beyond Talking Points series. The panelists—Greg Gershuny, Aspen Institute; Kate Konschnik, Nicholas Institute; and Brian Murray, Duke University Energy Initiative—listed their biggest areas of focus going into the Biden administration and new Congress and discussed the implications of the Texas blackouts in February.

The Nicholas Institute was among the nine winners of the United Nations Development Programme's 2020 Ocean Innovation Challenge for its Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory.

Researchers at Duke University and the Stockholm Resilience Center discovered in a recent study that a relatively small number of companies generate most of the revenues from using the ocean. Writing for The Conversation, three of the study's authors explored the risks of such a high concentration of wealth in the ocean economy, as well as the potential for the Ocean 100 to lead the way in making their industries more sustainable.