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World’s #1 Renewable Energy Installer, NextEra, Powers On With Renewables Despite Trump

Originally published on RenewEconomy By Simon Nicholas The best-performing electricity utility in the USA is also the world's biggest installer of renewables. Despite the current Presidential regime's attempts to defend the coal industry, the U.S. is home to a utility breaking world records for renewable energy development. NextEra Energy Inc. is a major American electricity generator with 47 GW [&hellip

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Arizona Could Implement Huge Energy Storage Mandate, Aim For 80% Renewables By 2050

As US president Donald Trump throws his support behind “beautiful clean coal,” the American state of Arizona — a Republican Party stronghold — is poised to take the lead on energy storage in the country as it tosses up whether to impose an 80% clean energy target by

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8 Industries Mr. Elon Musk Is Trying To Transform (Infographic)

In this modern-day David and Goliath battle (multiplied by eight), one man is trying to take down a bevy of behemoth industries. CB Insights reports, "Elon Musk thinks and acts on a larger, more cosmic scale than we're accustomed to... His main projects take on almost every major industry and global problem conceivable, and imagine a disruptive fundamental rewiring of that space or sector."

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For Elon Musk, Dreams > Risk. Should We All Dream & Risk More?

Much has been written about Elon Musk's use of the scientific method and first principles thinking. Oftentimes, Musk is pigeon-holed as a hyper-logical, robotic decision maker. Not true. It's a misperception that doesn't align with Musk's real-world experience at his companies, SpaceX and Tesla. In contrast, Elon Musk displays a boldly wild imagination and high tolerance for risk

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MLK luncheon: “What matters is what you’re doing”

When former NFL player Wade Davis, as a teenager, first told his mother that he was gay, he wasn't prepared for the response he got: “You're already black!” she told him, adding that she wished he would die of cancer rather than tell her he was gay. Their relationship remained uncomfortable for years, Davis says, but eventually, after many difficult conversations, they came to better understand each other's perspectives. Now, years later, he says his mom and his fiancé happily talk and text each other. That long and …

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Debunking Trump’s Claim of “War on Beautiful, Clean Coal” Using Graphs

In President Trump's first State of the Union Address last week, a wide range of topics in the Administration's agenda were covered extensively while energy was largely pushed to the side. Trump did include two sentences on his self-described push for “American Energy Dominance,” and these two sentences sent wonks in the energy industry into […] The post Debunking Trump's Claim of “War on Beautiful, Clean Coal” Using Graphs appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Charging Electric Vehicles: The Challenges Ahead

Forget the latest Tesla announcement, writes John Massey. What is more important for the future of electric cars is how we will solve the challenge of charging them. Massey, an independent energy analyst and trainer, discusses the four main challenges of EV charging and concludes that the outcome of the process will depend on the […] The post Charging Electric Vehicles: The Challenges Ahead appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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As ESG Goes Mainstream, Methane Disclosure Divide Looms Large on Investor Agenda

The demand for corporate transparency is here to stay. Just last year, 390 investors representing more than $22 trillion in assets signed a letter in support of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, advocating for a unified set of recommendations for corporate climate disclosure. So as financial markets increasingly recognize Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) […] The post As ESG Goes Mainstream, Methane Disclosure Divide Looms Large on Investor Agenda appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Virginia General Assembly Chews On Spits Out Healthy Energy Legislation, While Still Trying to Digest a Huge Hunk of Pork

If you were bewildered by the sheer volume of bills addressing solar, efficiency, storage, and other energy topics that I outlined last month, take heart: clean energy advocates don't have nearly as many bills to keep track of now. So few bills survived the Finance and Commerce and Labor Committees that it will be easier […] The post Virginia General Assembly Chews On Spits Out Healthy Energy Legislation, While Still Trying to Digest a Huge Hunk of Pork appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full …

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China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Meet its Powerful Backers

Over the past year, oil and gas industry plans to build a petrochemical refining and storage hub along the Ohio River have steadily gained traction. Proponents hope this potential hub, which would straddle Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, could someday rival the industrial corridor found along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. Those plans center around creating what is known […] The post China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Meet its Powerful Backers appeared first on The Energy …

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Reminder to DoE and Congress: U.S. Has a World Beating Fast Flux Test Facility Sitting Idle in Eastern Washington

There is a known gap in fast spectrum testing facilities in the US. Several entities have suggested that the solution to the gap is to create a new project to build a world-class fast spectrum test reactor. In my opinion, and that of many experts to whom I've talked to in the past several years, […] The post Reminder to DoE and Congress: U.S. Has a World Beating Fast Flux Test Facility Sitting Idle in Eastern Washington appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Reading and writing DNA

Thanks to the invention of genome sequencing technology more than three decades ago, we can now read the genetic blueprint of virtually any organism. After the ability to read came the ability to edit — adding, subtracting, and eventually altering DNA wherever we saw fit. And yet, for George Church, a professor at Harvard Medical School, associate member of the Broad Institute, and founding core faculty and lead for synthetic biology at the Wyss Institute — who co-pioneered direct genome sequencing in 1984 — the ultimate goal …

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10 Trends That Will Shape the Global Solar Market in 2018

It's going to be a big year for solar around the world. The global solar market grew by 26 percent last year, with 99 gigawatts of grid-connected PV capacity installed. According to GTM Research's new Global Solar Data Hub, 2018 will be the first-ever triple-digit year for the global solar market, with an anticipated 106 gigawatts of PV coming online. Amid all of that growth, several …