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  • Comments & Opinion |

    As increasingly complex and optimized energy systems prepare to cope with a variety of risks including climate shocks and extreme weather events, a myopic focus on economic efficiency can significantly jeopardize critical energy services.

    • Andrew S. Jin
    • , Benjamin D. Trump
    •  & Igor Linkov
  • News & Views |

    Understanding support for or opposition to energy developments — and how it varies with proximity — is important for effective planning. A new study using public comments on a regulatory review casts further light on the geography of discourse and how it might shape action on siting energy technology.

    • Hilary Boudet
    Nature Energy 6, 945-946
  • News & Views |

    Adoption of distributed energy resources such as wind and solar can exacerbate energy inequality. A new study shows that inequality in opportunity to adopt renewable energy resources may already be baked into the grid infrastructure design.

    • Antonio Moreno-Munoz
    Nature Energy 6, 852-853
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The recent ruling in a Dutch court that Shell must curb its CO2 emissions is the latest in a series of legal moves bringing human rights concerns to bear on energy activities. This trend will have profound consequences for energy developments and for meeting climate goals.

    • Raphael J. Heffron
    Nature Energy 6, 849-851
  • News & Views |

    A growing body of research has sought to provide a better understanding of the determinants of energy poverty and how best to assist vulnerable groups that are at greatest risk of being energy poor. A new study examines how policy reform away from fixed and age-based support helps address energy poverty in Australia.

    • Sefa Awaworyi Churchill
    •  & Russell Smyth
    Nature Energy 6, 856-857
  • News & Views |

    Understanding future costs of energy technologies is crucial for making good decisions about the energy transition. A new paper shows that some types of forecasts have done better than others.

    • Gregory F. Nemet
    Nature Energy 6, 860-861