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Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

Adapt or Die read the title of the article suggesting that electric utilities must change their business to survive, or be buried under an onslaught of local renewable energy. But utilities seem to have chosen a third way – Fight – as captured in this map from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. A total of 19 states (as accounted for through …

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Report: In a switch, Teamsters now support Uber drivers in US

Filed under: It was just two weeks ago that the Teamsters issued a statement supporting European taxi drivers in their protest against those newfangled rideshare drivers who use the Uber app. But in Los Angeles this week, Teamsters stood with Uber drivers. What's going on here?

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Nissan Wants To Expand Carwings Services

When the Nissan Leaf came out in 2010, it debuted with a smartphone service called Carwings. Among the features offered by Carwings was the ability to find nearby charging stations, see how far and efficiently you traveled, and check the charging status of your EV. But Nissan wants CarWings to go deeper. Like, a lot deeper, prying into the state of your battery's health to give owners regular updates. This is likely another effect of …

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Report: Confident new Cadillac marketing boss ready to take on Tesla, BMW

Filed under: When there's a former BMW executive heading Cadillac's efforts to boost sales of its only plug-in, it's a pretty safe guess that the marketing emphasis won't be on environmental friendliness and tree-hugging tendencies. The General Motors luxury brand has appointed ex-Bimmer executive Uwe Ellinghaus to be its marketing chief late last year, and the German-born Ellinghaus is now …

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As Ohio Tries to Shut Down Clean Energy, Businesses Say They Want More Renewables

Earlier this week, Ohio governor John Kasich essentially put a stop to new wind farms by signing House Bill 483, which will make most future projects economically unfeasible due to zoning restrictions. The move, along with the state's freeze of its clean energy law for the next two years through Senate Bill 310, would suggest that Ohio simply isn't interested in supporting energy efficiency and …

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Duke Energy Adds Microgrids to Its Grid Edge Plans

For the past year, Duke Energy has been pushing the envelope on grid interoperability with its Coalition of the Willing (COW) -- a group of six vendors that have opened their systems and devices to share data with one another in order to coordinate and automate their responses to changing conditions on the edges of the grid. Now Duke is expanding that coalition of vendor partners, and turning its …

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SAP To Convert 20% Of Its Company Car Fleet To EVs

One of the perks of working for a big multi-national corporation is access to a fleet of company cars to get you to and from work in style. Larger companies can operate huge fleets of company cars, like German software giant SAP. This week SAP announced that by 2020, it will have converted 20% of its company car fleet to electric vehicles. It is also pledging to install more charging stations, and to power those charging stations using renewable resources. That's quite the commitment. Of course it shouldn't be …