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Duke Energy Offers $6B for Solar, Batteries and EVs in Order to Scrap Nuclear Plant Plans

Florida is set to get a lot more solar power and grid batteries, in exchange for losing a future nuclear power plant. On Tuesday, Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts of energy storage, 500 electric vehicle chargers, and smart meters and grid modernization …

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A New Net-Zero-Energy Community Is Coming to California’s Central Valley

California's largest net-zero energy housing development is coming next year to the Central Valley. Third-generation homebuilder De Young Properties unveiled the 36-home project Tuesday in Clovis, northeast of Fresno. The company has spent years redesigning its signature floor plans to include cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. The goal is to minimize the building's electrical load, and install enough rooftop solar to cover what remains, matching consumption and production over the year. In …

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Experiencing the Great American Solar Eclipse

They came in droves to witness the moon blocking the sun. On Aug. 21 at MIT's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts; at the MIT Wallace Observatory; and in eastern Idaho, members of the MIT community, and the public at large, gathered to watch what was hailed by many as the Great American Solar Eclipse — a solar eclipse that could be seeen across North America. The MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) hosted the main event on campus, at the Kresge Oval. Armed with solar glasses and …

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Behind the Curtain: A Conversation With Travis Fisher, Lead on DOE’s Epic Grid Reliability Report

We are getting a clearer picture of the Energy Department's direction under Secretary Perry. In the four months after Perry requested special report on threats to baseload power plants, we saw an unprecedented number of prebuttals from groups worried that it would assist in President Trump's mission to revive the coal industry. We finally got the end result last week. While some environmental groups didn't like the report, it was a straightforward account of the factors changing the grid -- not a booster …

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Climate Change To Dramatically Shift European Electricity Consumption

A team of scientists from Germany and the United States has determined that rising temperatures due to climate change will have a dramatic impact on Europe's electricity consumption patterns, culminating in putting extra strain on European power grids. Climate Change To Dramatically Shift European Electricity Consumption was originally published on

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Renault, Nissan, & Dongfeng To Build $8,000 Electric Car In China

Nissan, Renault and Dongfeng have created a new joint venture that will design and build a small electric SUV that sells for $8,000 in China Renault, Nissan, & Dongfeng To Build $8,000 Electric Car In China was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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The Threat of Tariffs Is Already Reshaping the US Solar Market

You've probably heard about the solar eclipse that will pass across the U.S. on August 21. But if you're in the solar industry -- whether a manufacturer, contractor or service provider -- you're no doubt aware of a much more significant eclipse: the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) case on imported crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules. You may think that this industry eclipse is not a big deal, or someone else's problem. You're wrong. It's time to break out your Peril Sensitive …

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It’s Been a Decade Since Google Jumped Into Energy. Is It Any Closer to a Moonshot?

It's been 10 years since Google shifted its attention from bits and bytes toward the world of therms and electrons. It started with a wide-ranging investment and R&D initiative, called RE<C, designed to make renewables cheaper than coal. That initiative was abandoned in 2011 after engineers realized they were tackling the wrong problems. Today, new renewables are …

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The Solar Eclipse Could Become a Massive Test Case for Grid Storage

If the temporary blotting out of the sun next week magnifies an inherent weakness of solar power, it also plays to the strengths of energy storage. Advanced energy storage technologies have the ability to charge or discharge at a moment's notice to shore up the needs of the grid. Whether or not the market structures exist to fully capitalize on those abilities is another question. There's little grid storage to speak of directly on the path of totality, where the sun will be entirely covered for a period of …

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700,000 Tesla Model 3 Sales Per Year — Optimistic? Pessimistic? Spot On The Money?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has projected demand of around 700,000 cars a year for the Tesla Model 3. Some of you think that's optimistic. Some of you think it's pessimistic. Some of you probably wouldn't bet one way or the other. Below are a few considerations on each side of the coin

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Trump’s Lies To Iowa, Part 1: Magical Solar Border Wall Will Pay For Itself

President Trump went to Iowa last night to campaign some more, since governing is hard. Also, telling the truth is hard, and apparently Trump just can't help himself. Let's take a look at his lies on the environment, starting with the magical solar-powered border wall. Trump's Lies To …

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Tesla music, 2018 Leaf self-driving, renewable battle, Chargeway electric-car signs: Today’s Car News

Today, one of the better electric-car ideas we've seen in years, a Tesla question about music, a scientific controversy turned bitter, and a bit more information on the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've been on the road attending the EV Roadmap 10 conference in Portland, which just ended, explaining why our...

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DiOnetta Jones Crayton receives inclusive culture and equity award

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education DiOnetta Jones Crayton has received a prestigious award from the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN). The award was presented on June 13 at the WEPAN 2017 Change Leader Forum in Colorado. Founded in 1990, WEPAN is comprised of individuals from nearly 200 academic, corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations working to advance women in engineering in higher education and the workplace. The Inclusive …

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Chargeway: the best electric-car idea you’ve never heard of

Pretty much everyone knows how to put fuel into a conventional car. You pull up to the pump, open the vehicle's fuel door, put in a credit card, select diesel or one of three grades of gasoline, lift the hose, and pump. (In New Jersey and Oregon, someone else does this for you.) Electric-car charging isn't quite that simple. DON'T MISS: Car buyers...

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Workhorse CEO Discusses Company’s W-15 Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Truck

Workhorse CEO Steve Burns says the W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck is cost effective and reliable. So far, it has hundreds of pre-orders and expects to begin production next year. Workhorse CEO Discusses Company's W-15 Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Truck was originally published on

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Several Indian States Consider Ending Wind Energy Feed-in Tariffs

With the Indian government planning to organize an increasing number of reverse auctions for wind energy projects, several states are rethinking whether to continue with the feed-in tariffs at all. Several Indian States Consider Ending Wind Energy Feed-in Tariffs was originally …

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800 Megawatt Dubai Solar Park Reaches Financial Closure

The third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai has achieved financial closure, marking a major milestone for one of the largest solar power projects and solar parks in the world. 800 Megawatt Dubai Solar Park Reaches Financial Closure was originally published on

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Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

Scientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely...