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The Grim Details Lurking in Lazard’s Energy Storage Analysis

A detail in Lazard's latest levelized cost of storage (LCOS) report has highlighted a little-known but potentially major issue for the lithium-ion battery industry. The financial advisory and asset management firm downgraded its estimates for lithium-ion round-trip efficiency to account for parasitic losses, GTM has discovered. “As more battery systems are deployed, estimates of actual round-trip efficiencies …

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Toyota to build megawatt electric and hydrogen plant fueled by California bio-waste

Toyota today is the world's most ardent proponent of using hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission vehicles rather than large battery packs. The huge Japanese carmaker, one of the world's four largest, now sells its Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan around the world, and has more hydrogen-powered vehicles in development. As it has discussed over the last...

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China’s green licence plates scheme goes national

Scheme goes national On the 20th of November it was announced that China's green new energy license plates will be rolled out across the nation in three stages. Previously the green licence plates had been implemented in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Jinan, and Shenzhen on the 1st of December of 2016. The Traffic Management Bureau which [&hellip China's green licence plates scheme goes national was …

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2019 BMW i8 coupe, new Roadster: larger battery, more range

There's a new drop-top electric sports car in town. Three years after the BMW i8 coupe began rolling off the assembly line in Leipzig, Germany, the Bavarian automaker is giving its alternative flagship a breath of fresh air by opening it up. Revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2019 BMW i8 Roadster arrives five years after the debut of...

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Iconic Vespa Scooter, now 70 years old, gets brand-new electric powertrain

The Vespa scooter is undeniably an icon on European streets. For 70 years, Vespas have buzzed about roadways, but the buzz will soon give way to an all-but-silent hum in the company's latest scooter. Earlier this month at the Milan Motorcycle Show, Vespa announced its first all-electric scooter, dubbed the Elettrica. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen...

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Tesla opens second huge China charging station for 50 electric cars

It's only fitting that the country making a monumental push for more electric vehicles is getting the world's biggest Tesla Supercharger stations. Tesla's website shows that than 150 Supercharger stations locations are now operating in China. But its two new locations in Shanghai and Beijing are the largest Supercharger sites in the world: Each is...

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An Interview with Dale Vince, of Ecotricity, UK

Introduction Many corporations, focused on the relentless pursuit of profits, make their money at the expense of the people, and the planet. The only proper purpose of any business is to serve the society in which they operate, and contribute to the protection of the planet we all depend on for our existence. Ecotricity, founded [&hellip An Interview with Dale Vince, of Ecotricity, UK was …

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Official: 2017 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Gets Combined Efficiency Rating Of 126 MPGe (27 kWh/100 miles) From US EPA

The long-range version of the Tesla Model 3 (dubbed Tesla Model 3 Long Range) has now been granted its official US EPA figures, revealing that the new model possesses a combined efficiency of 126 MPGe or 27 kilowatt-hours (kWh) used per 100 miles travelled. This breaks down to an EPA city efficiency of 131 MPGe or 25.97 kWh per 100 miles and an EPA highway efficiency of 120 MPGe or 28.35 kWh per 100 miles

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If We Want to Breathe Clean Air, Shutting Nuclear Plants Early is Insanity

People are dying. Lots of people, each and every day. As stated in a study published by Lancet on October 19,”Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today.” The study continued, “Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all […] The post If We Want to Breathe Clean Air, Shutting Nuclear Plants Early is Insanity appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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UK Government Overlooked Lower Costs of Renewables in Hinkley Nuclear Deal

Two of the UK's main public bodies overseeing public spending have now criticised the government's deal with EDF to support a new nuclear power plant, showing how Britain (and the United States today?) failed to heed the falling cost of renewables, writes energy finance consultant Gerard Wynn. According to Wynn, the findings should be a warning […] The post UK Government Overlooked Lower Costs of Renewables in Hinkley Nuclear Deal appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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China’s EV Plan Could Cause An Oil Price Crash

Oil prices could decline to $35 a barrel next year if China and India speed up the adoption of electric cars to cope with severe pollution, Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist & CIO at Saxo Bank, told UAE's news outlet The National in an interview published on Wednesday. The post, China's EV Plan Could Cause An Oil Price […] The post China's EV Plan Could Cause An Oil Price Crash appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Why Brokers Need to Understand the Business Case for Green Buildings

Financing Energy Efficiency Through Mortgage Loans, a recent report from IMT and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), culminates in a set of recommendations for both lenders and building owners/buyers to better factor building efficiency into mortgage loans and property condition assessments. Research shows that buildings whose mortgages include underwriting for energy efficiency not only see increased […] The post Why Brokers Need to Understand the Business Case for Green Buildings appeared first on The Energy …

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Natural Gas Inventories End October Just Below the Previous Five-Year Average

Working natural gas in storage in the Lower 48 states as of October 31, 2017, totaled 3,784 billion cubic feet (Bcf), as interpolated from EIA's Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report data. Natural gas storage levels typically increase from April through October, although net injections sometimes occur in November. Inventories at the end of October 2017 were 2% […] The post Natural Gas Inventories End October Just Below the Previous Five-Year Average appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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One Step Forward, One Step Back for Ohio Policy to Fairly Compensate Solar Customers

Rooftop solar provides many benefits to the electric grid, like having no fuel costs and increasing electric grid resiliency – the ability to quickly recover from problems. So how can utilities recognize these benefits and reward people who install solar at their homes and businesses? A popular way is through net metering, which allows customers […] The post One Step Forward, One Step Back for Ohio Policy to Fairly Compensate Solar Customers appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article