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AT&T Announces Mammoth 520 Megawatt Corporate PPA From Oklahoma & Texas Wind Farms

AT&T, one of America's leading telecoms, announced this past weekend one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the United States, which will see it purchase 520 megawatts of wind energy from wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas through NextEra Energy Resources.

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MIT class reveals, explores Institute’s connections to slavery

MIT's first president, William Barton Rogers, possessed enslaved persons in his Virginia household until the early 1850s, roughly a decade before he founded the Institute, according to new research from an MIT history class scholars and administrators designed to examine the legacy of slavery in relationship to the university. While Massachusetts outlawed slavery in the early 1780s, Rogers lived in Virginia, where slavery was still legal, from 1819 until 1853, mostly on the campuses of the College of William and Mary …

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Slashes Funding for Clean Energy Programs

The Trump administration released its proposed 2019 budget on Monday. The energy portion focuses on an “all of the above” strategy and proposes cuts to several clean energy programs. Under the blueprint, the Department of Energy would see a slight bump in funding to $30.6 billion over the current $30.1 billion, but that extra cash would go to administration priorities such as modernizing the nuclear arsenal and fossil energy research and …

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Will GM or Tesla buyers lose electric-car tax credits first? (updated)

A major contributor to electric-car sales is the program under which buyers of new electric cars qualify for a federal income-tax credit of up to $7,500. But these tax credits are not unlimited. Once a manufacturer reaches sales of 200,000 plug-in electric cars (after December 31, 2009), the credits start to phase out for that company's cars...

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Diesel cheating deal, Model 3 modules, autonomous pod swarms, EV leasing vs buying: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got advice on buying or leasing an electric car, a possible diesel-cheating deal for Jeep and Ram, tax credits in the budget bill, and another Tesla statement after Musk said something that startled analysts. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important...

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Autonomous swarming electric pods: halfway between train and car?

There are cars and trucks, and then there are trains and buses. While multi-seat vans and wagons can serve the purpose of buses carrying multiple unrelated people, a California company has come up with an entirely new concept. The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority announced yesterday it would test what maker Next Future Corporation calls the...

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How Renewables Will Change the Geopolitical Map of the World

The rapid growth of renewable energy will have a profound effect on geopolitics worldwide, writes energy expert Walt Patterson, a fellow at Chatham House in London. In this article, he explores the many ways in which “fire-free electricity” will transform political and economic relations. Geopolitics, as the name suggests, is the interaction between geography and […] The post How Renewables Will Change the Geopolitical Map of the World appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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EPA Chief Downplays Global Warming as Unexpected Climate Impacts Stack up

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is well-known for his comments denying the established science of climate change, and this week he touted yet another talking point of the climate denial community. “I think there's assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing,” Pruitt said in an interview […] The post EPA Chief Downplays Global Warming as Unexpected Climate Impacts Stack up appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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The Changing Face of Energy and Environment

Having followed the energy scene in the UK for many years, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint certain events that one remembers. Some years ago, I suggested to a civil servant that, with environmental concerns building up, perhaps energy and environment should come together. The response was that energy and environment couldn't be in the same […] The post The Changing Face of Energy and Environment appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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DoE Wants Ideas to Educate the Public About Nuclear Energy

A senior official in the Office of Nuclear Energy has issued an invitation asking for ideas on how to educate the public about nuclear energy. A problem is going to be how to promote nuclear energy at a government agency. and in an administration, which denies that climate change is caused by human activities that […] The post DoE Wants Ideas to Educate the Public About Nuclear Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Atomic Show #262: New Thinking About Nuclear Energy

It's time – or way past time – to think and talk about nuclear energy in new ways, recognizing the importance of the topic for the future health and prosperity of humanity. Click Here to Listen to the Atomic Show Podcast This show includes 5 forward leaning thought leaders in atomic energy. All of them […] The post Atomic Show #262: New Thinking About Nuclear Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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New Science Suggests Methane Packs More Warming Power Than Previously Thought

It's long been known that methane is a major contributor to global warming, responsible for roughly a quarter of the warming we're experiencing today and second only to carbon dioxide in its impact on the current climate. But research suggests methane has an even more potent warming effect on the climate than scientists previously thought. […] The post New Science Suggests Methane Packs More Warming Power Than Previously Thought appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Rise Slightly in 2018, Remain Flat in 2019

EIA estimates that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 861 million metric tons (14%) from 2005 to 2017. In the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA projects that CO2 emissions will rise 1.8%, from 5,143 million metric tons in 2017 to 5,237 million metric tons in 2018, then remain virtually unchanged in 2019. In 2019, […] The post U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Rise Slightly in 2018, Remain Flat in 2019 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Despite Eskom’s Troubles, a Surprise Change in Fortune for South African Renewables

Renewables developers are celebrating after South Africa's Minister of Public Enterprises unexpectedly signed off on power-purchase agreements this month. The decision ended years of uncertainty for Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP) winners, which had worsened in recent months as state-owned utility Eskom faced bankruptcy. Bankruptcy concerns were also mollified with news of a R5 billion (USD $400 million) bridge loan for Eskom, provided by the South African …