K Kaufmann
Mid-Atlantic Bureau Chief
I didn’t start out to be an energy reporter. Back in 2005, I was a beat reporter at The Desert Sun, covering a town called Palm Desert -- about 12 miles east of Palm Springs -- when the city launched ambitious and, at the time, innovative energy efficiency and solar programs. I quickly got hooked and ultimately became the paper’s first energy reporter, covering wind, solar and geothermal development in the California desert. I came back East to D.C. in 2014 to become communications manager at the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nonprofit working to accelerate the U.S. energy transition through cross-industry collaboration. What I learned there, among other things, is that utilities and regulators are lousy at telling their own stories, and that the energy transition is one of the most misunderstood, underreported and compelling narratives of our time. Before the pandemic, when I was not geeking out on cleantech stories, I could often be found at D.C.’s storied 9:30 Club, listening to very loud indie bands or at the local rep houses watching indie films and documentaries. Guilty pleasures include superhero movies, the Fast & Furious franchise and, of course, John Wick.

Recent Articles
EPA Tackles Port Pollution With $3B in IRA Funds
Clean Ports aims to balance the vital role ports play in the economy with the air pollution produced by the diesel-powered trucks, trains and other equipment at these facilities.
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DOE Announces $366M for Rural, Tribal Clean Energy Projects
About 300 off-grid homes in the Hopi and Navajo nations soon could have electricity from solar and storage systems paid for with part of $366 million in federal funding.
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BCSE Factbook: Federal Incentives Can’t Solve All Clean-tech Challenges

The momentum created by billions of dollars in federal incentives and tax credits has been tempered by supply chain constraints and the impacts of inflation and higher interest rates.

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GSA, DOD to Power Federal Facilities with 2.7M MWh of Clean Energy
With more than 300,000 buildings, the U.S. government is the nation’s largest energy consumer and “a steady customer prepared to make long-term investments,” GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan said.
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DOE to Fund Enhanced Geothermal Demo on Oregon Volcano
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $60 million in potential funding for three enhanced geothermal projects that could expand the technology's reach.
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