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MIT launches SafeRide OnDemand shuttle pilot program

How do you support student safety with an app? By establishing a technology-driven, on-demand safe ride system for students in need of late-night transportation. On Monday, Feb. 12, the MIT Parking and Transportation Office launched the SafeRide OnDemand Shuttle pilot. This program — developed in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council (GSC), Undergraduate Association (UA), and the Division of Student Life (DSL) — enhances after-hours shuttle services for members of the MIT community. The parking office plans …

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Trump backs 25-cent gas-tax boost for road repairs and infrastructure (maybe)

The federal gas tax, which was supposed to pay for repairs and expansion to roads maintained or funded by the national government, now does nothing of the kind. Congress last raised the U.S. federal gas tax a quarter of a century ago in 1993, to the 18.5-cents-per-gallon level it remains at today. Diesel fuel is taxed at 24.4 cents per gallon...

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California now testing pre-approved electric-car rebates in San Diego

It's clear that incentives to buy specific cars work best when they can be applied directly at the time of sale. That's why purchase rebates are widely preferred by electric-car advocates to tax credits, which may take up to 15 months to be usable, depending on the timing of the purchase and tax filing. While the federal electric-car incentive is...

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Tesla now makes almost 1,000 Model 3s a week, Bloomberg tracker estimates

Production numbers for Tesla electric cars have always been slightly murky. The company announces deliveries only quarterly and refuses to break them down by country, meaning there are no sales figures that directly compare with those routinely issued by other makers. The Tesla Model 3 has endured a long, painful, and somewhat public "production...

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Expanding Solar in Low-Income Communities: Lessons From Denver

Expanding the solar market to lower-income individuals and the businesses and nonprofits that serve them remains a top priority for the solar industry. They key is to figure out how. Historically, participation in the solar economy has been primarily enjoyed by homeowners and large corporations with good credit. However, a valuable success story out of Colorado deserves to be highlighted and considered for replication. There, the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (informally known as the Denver …

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100% Renewable Electricity Worldwide Is A New Cost-Effective Reality

A first of its kind study simulating a global electricity system based entirely on renewable energy on an hourly basis throughout a whole year shows that the existing renewable energy potential and technologies, including storage, are able to generate sufficient and secure power supply worldwide by 2050.

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Why Spending More Time at Home Could Help Save the Planet

If you're worried about climate change you might be better off staying at home rather than rushing out to do something about it, research suggests. A study due for publication next month concludes Americans may have reduced national energy demand by 1.8 percent between 2003 and 2012 just by going out less. The analysis of American Time Use Survey results found that an aging society and changes in information technology had …

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Physical Oil Markets Don’t Lie: Is Another Crash Likely?

Oil prices are falling and analysts and market players are as eager as ever to explain the decline in accordance with their own bullish or bearish leanings. It's a natural correction that was only to be expected after the buildup of long bets on crude oil and oil product futures, the bulls insist. It's the […] The post Physical Oil Markets Don't Lie: Is Another Crash Likely? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Cheap Renewables Are Transforming the Global Electricity Business

Renewables are not yet the least costly option in every market, writes Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies Australasia at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), but the pace of change demonstrates that a tipping point toward a new energy economy is coming, and fast. Article courtesy IEEFA. Records were smashed in […] The post Cheap Renewables Are Transforming the Global Electricity Business appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Integrated simulations answer 20-year-old question in fusion research

To make fusion energy a reality, scientists must harness fusion plasma, a fiery gaseous maelstrom in which radioactive particles react to generate heat for electricity. But the turbulence of fusion plasma can confront researchers with unruly behaviors that confound attempts to make predictions and develop models. In experiments over the past two decades, an especially vexing problem has emerged: In response to deliberate cooling at its edges, fusion plasma inexplicably undergoes abrupt increases in central …

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3Q: T.L. Taylor on diversity in e-sports

Imagine a sports arena full of cheering fans. Are you picturing basketball, or perhaps hockey? Actually, that image also applies to high-level e-sports (short for electronic sports), the competitions where fans watch people playing popular video games. E-sports have experienced a surge in growth in recent years, and boast their own professional teams as well as partnerships with major team sports. But how diverse are e-sports? A little over two years ago, an initiative called “AnyKey,” co-directed by MIT's T.L Taylor, …

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The Proposed Federal Budget: Friday the 13th, Part 2

The Trump administration's proposed budget for energy efficiency is a bad sequel to the slash-and-burn budget it proposed last year. It would cut to pieces many effective energy efficiency programs. Like last year's budget proposed, it would eliminate help for low-income families and seniors from the Weatherization Assistance Program, and help for states and emergency […] The post The Proposed Federal Budget: Friday the 13th, Part 2 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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What Energy Utilities Can Learn from Kodak When It Comes to Digitalization

Utilities might want to take a closer look at what happened to Kodak in the past: Kodak had developed a digital camera in 1975 and filed a patent in 1978 which was the basis for the digital camera market as we know it today. (Estrin 2015) First, Kodak did not believe in this technology (who […] The post What Energy Utilities Can Learn from Kodak When It Comes to Digitalization appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article