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Networks see light on energy future, but can they get there?

Australian network operators are accepting that new technologies – including localised renewable generation, energy storage and smart software – are a better and cheaper option than adding more poles and wires. But will politicians and regulators get the picture? Coal generators, retailers and bar fridges could be the biggest casualties.

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Watch the Ferrari LaFerrari get put through its paces by Top Gear and Evo

Filed under: Do you know what today is? Well, besides being the anniversary of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase (thanks France!), Consumer Protection Day in Thailand and Michael Waltrip's birthday, April 30 marks the expiration of the first of two embargoes on the Ferrari LaFerrari. That means you're …

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Video: Ethanol supporters unleash attack on Big Oil, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: The ongoing battle between ethanol supporters and Big Oil is headed to Saudi Arabia. Two biofuel supporters, Americans United For Change (AUFC) and VoteVets.org, released a new video today targeting "The Kingdom" for its support of the American Petroleum Institute (API). More interesting, the AUFC and VoteVets say that the API's anti-ethanol "smear campaign" TV ads are funded by Saudi Oil Money. In other words, the gloves are …

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How 26 States Created 85% Of America’s Energy Efficiency Savings

Most policy analysis agrees energy efficiency is the cheapest way to reduce consumer power bills and cut emissions by lowering overall electricity demand, but if you really want to get a sense of how powerful efficiency can be, you've got to compare the states with ambitious policy to those without. Just over half the US states have energy efficiency resource standards (EERS), but those 26 …

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First Nations Community Hit Hard By Fossil Fuel Industry Asks It For Solar Panels

The First Nations community of Fort Chipewyan in Alberta, Canada, has been hit quite hard in recent years by the lingering effects of decades of fossil fuel industry extraction in the region. The inhabitants can no longer practice their traditions, or, for that matter, even provide a livelihood for themselves except through involvement with said industry — hunting, fishing, and various other …

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State Legislators Take Preemptive Aim at EPA Power Plant Rules

Weeks before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants, opponents in some Midwestern state legislatures and governors' mansions are attempting to put up roadblocks. The impending federal rules could require massive changes in the nation's electrical system, including the closure of some coal-fired plants. Last week, for example, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that

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Exclusive: Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014: Students find upsides pretty much everywhere

Filed under: The skies threatened rain, but aside from a few fat drops struggling down through the Texas air, the track remained dry through the end of the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Given the haphazard way some of the vehicle bodies were held together - a bit of velcro or pieces of tape doing the job door hinges do on normal cars - this was a very good thing. The dry roads also meant that all of the teams were competing on an …

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Official: Volvo adds R-Design option to V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Filed under: Lest anyone think Volvo's V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid is strictly for the leisurely, gas-sipping green-driver variety, the Swedish automaker is adding a sporty wrinkle. The R-Design package that Volvo added to some other models last year will now be an option for the V60 PHEV. Drag-racing surely awaits. The sporty components for the V60 PHEV include 18-inch "Ixion" wheels and other stylish touches on the exterior, while the …