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US Utilities Increase Investment In Green & Renewables Despite Political Uncertainty

Despite tremendous political uncertainty in North America, driven by the United States' announcement to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and its attendant policy shifts, utilities are nevertheless increasing their investments in green and renewable energy, according to new research published this month by Capgemini.

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WattTime & Microsoft Combine To Provide European Consumers Choice Of Clean Energy

Announced last week, WattTime and Microsoft are combining to provide European consumers the opportunity to better understand and reduce their carbon emissions by providing real-time information on the precise carbon emissions caused by using or generating electricity.

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Electric cars ‘right around the corner’ in 1966: what took so long?

Looking at yesterday's visions of tomorrow is always entertaining, from flying cars to cities of the future. In the case of the electric car, there have been two futures: one from 1890 to about 1910, and then another starting 100 years later in 2011. The intervening century saw many, many predictions about mass-market electric cars, but none of...

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The House Passed a Tax Bill. Will Wind and Solar Take a Hit in the Final Package?

The House passed its tax reform bill yesterday that includes cuts to renewable energy tax credits. The package is already having a chilling effect as developers stall projects because of a potential change to the tax code. What will happen when the Senate and House try to reconcile their two bills? We'll try to anticipate the political chess match before the pieces move. Then, we'll take a look at Tesla's newest shiny object: the electric semi-truck. Is this a convenient distraction for Musk as Tesla's …

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Investors Now Better Able To Gauge Climate Risk In Investments

Investors are now better able to gauge the climate risks likely to impact their investments thanks to a new risk management tool developed by Deutsche Asset Management and Four Twenty Seven, which maps more than a million physical corporate locations alongside climate models to assess their climate risk.

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EV Tax Credit Repeal Hurts American Innovation

With the House of Representatives having passed its tax reform plans and the Senate having released its version, the uncertainty around the basic existence of the federal EV tax credit, as evidenced by the difference between the two proposals, will be disruptive to the industry. It's this uncertainty that leads everyone to a fundamental question: If the government chooses to end EV tax credits, will that affect the EV market overall? The answer is yes

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Chinese electric-car startup Nio gets $1 billion in funding: report

Nio, the electric-car maker formerly known as NextEV, has raised a substantial amount of money in its latest round of fundraising. The Chinese startup reportedly received a stunning $1 billion in funding, with Chinese investment powerhouse Tencent leading the charge. Notably, Tencent also holds a stake in Silicon Valley automaker Tesla. DON'T...

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One Super Bad Day For Fossil Fuels: Siemens Cuts Workforce, Keystone Oil Pipeline Leaks

Fossil fuel stakeholders got a double dose of bad news yesterday. In the morning Siemens announced it would drop thousands from its power and gas operations, partly due to a drop in demand for oil and gas turbines. Around the same time, TransCanada sent out word that its that Keystone tar sands oil pipeline sprang an underground leak in South Dakota.

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New 2018 Jeep Wrangler boosts fuel economy, from bad to less bad

Ahead of the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler's debut, the EPA released fuel-economy estimates for the V-6 powered model of the archetypal SUV. They're higher, as are the ratings for pretty much every new model, courtesy of steadily rising corporate average fuel-economy rules for model years 2012 through 2025. The biggest help for the Wrangler...

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid starts at $34,290 with 47-mile range

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will start at a recommended price of $34,290 including delivery, making it the least expensive plug-in hybrid sedan on the market this year. Honda says it will go on sale December 1, and it will be offered at all Honda dealers in the U.S. That means that for the first time, U.S. buyers can choose between two...

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International Energy Agency Undermines Governments’ Climate Goals

The International Energy Agency (IEA) likes to present itself as a climate champion, but it is in fact steering the energy system towards catastrophic levels of warming, writes Greg Muttitt, Senior Advisor at NGO Oil Change International. The IEA is supposed to be an advisory body to its members countries, Muttit notes, but its real masters appear to […] The post International Energy Agency Undermines Governments' Climate Goals appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Quest for Impact: A Comment on the Energy Dividend Framework

A new report by Sustainable Energy for All and Power for All proposes an analytical framework for quantifying the benefits of energy access. The report offers an innovative new approach to thinking about benefits and highlights the importance of timing, but applications of the framework are limited without massive investments into rigorous impact assessment. The […] The post The Quest for Impact: A Comment on the Energy Dividend Framework appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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State Leaders Diss Trump Coal Revival as U.S. Pushes ‘Cleaner’ Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks

From the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared he wasn't worried about Donald Trump — not his threats to withdraw from the Paris agreement or his plan to bring back coal. “Imagine bringing back coal,” laughed the former California governor. “In a time when coal is plummeting in the United States and all over […] The post State Leaders Diss Trump Coal Revival as U.S. Pushes ‘Cleaner' Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full …

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New Texas Permian Oil and Gas Flaring Report Reveals Excessive Gas Waste and Major Gaps in Operator Flaring Practices

As companies flock to West Texas' Permian Basin to cheaply drill for and extract oil and gas, some operators are flooding the night sky with natural gas flares, polluting the air with unhealthy and climate-altering pollutants, and wasting copious amounts of this important, domestic energy resource. The Permian Basin, which stretches across 75,000 square miles […] The post New Texas Permian Oil and Gas Flaring Report Reveals Excessive Gas Waste and Major Gaps in Operator Flaring Practices appeared first on The Energy …

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Plug-in electric car sales for Oct: new Bolt EV record, Prime and Volt tied

Chevy did it again. More specifically, GM delivered 2,781 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to buyers during October, a new high for its 238-mile electric car, and the highest reported sales of any plug-in electric vehicle last month. That brings the total number of Bolt EVs sold in 11 months to 17,083 (plus an additional 579 in the last two weeks of last...

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A new way to mix oil and water

The reluctance of oil and water to mix together and stay that way is so well-known that it has become a cliché for describing any two things that do not go together well. Now, a new finding from researchers at MIT might turn that expression on its head, providing a way to get the two substances to mix and remain stable for long periods — no shaking required. The process may find applications in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and processed foods, among other areas. The new process involves cooling a bath of oil …

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Tesla Model 3 Interior, Touchscreen, Center Console … (Model 3 Owners Club Deep Dive Part 2)

Trevor from the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club reached out to us for a sneak peak at a video they put together that dives deep into just about every nook and cranny of a brand new, first-run Pearl White Tesla Model 3 Long Range. To do the video justice, we broke the video out into 3 segments that cover roughly 20 minutes each. Following up on Steve's article, I will be diving into the interior and touchscreen details, and then Zach will dive into control stalks, the keycard & app, windshield wipers, driving experience, and a bit more

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Three Reasons Westerners are Fighting to Defend Federal Methane Waste Standards

Westerners are a hardy bunch. They are used to working through adverse conditions and making the best of what the land provides. That includes fighting to defend requirements from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that are designed to cut wasted natural gas and maximize revenue for community projects. This is despite repeated attempts from […] The post Three Reasons Westerners are Fighting to Defend Federal Methane Waste Standards appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Global Transport Sector Not On Track To Achieve “Sustainable Mobility” Goals, Report Says

In a reminder of why CleanTechnica is in business and why we do what we do, the newly published Global Mobility Report 2017 has revealed that the global transport sector is not on track to achieve the goal of quickly transitioning to a "sustainable mobility" sector Global Transport Sector Not On Track To Achieve “Sustainable Mobility” Goals, Report Says was …