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EVgo, Chargepoint annual reports show growth in electric-car charging

Seven years and almost 800,000 cars after the first modern electric cars went on sale, there's still a lot wrong with the national charging infrastructure in the U.S. There's little central planning, little standardized signage or public signposting, virtually no awareness among non-EV drivers, and roaming among networks with a single membership...

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System draws power from daily temperature swings

Thermoelectric devices, which can generate power when one side of the device is a different temperature from the other, have been the subject of much research in recent years. Now, a team at MIT has come up with a novel way to convert temperature fluctuations into electrical power. Instead of requiring two different temperature inputs at the same time, the new system takes advantage of the swings in ambient temperature that occur during the day-night cycle. The new system, called a thermal resonator, could enable …

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California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

With the release of proposed new and lower fuel-economy rules expected from the NHTSA by March 30, many eyes have turned to the powerful California Air Resources Board. The state's pioneering role in reducing emissions and cutting air pollution predates even the existence of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That agency, now run by Scott...

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Eight MIT researchers win 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

Eight MIT researchers from six departments are among the 126 American and Canadian researchers awarded 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today. New MIT-affiliated Sloan Research Fellows are: Isaiah Andrews, an associate professor of economics;

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Australia Largest Floating Solar Farm, Could Add Storage

Republished from RenewEconomy The northern New South Wales city of Lismore has formally opened the country's largest floating solar installation, and flagged plans to increase its size five-fold or more and to add battery storage. The 100kW floating solar farm is installed on the East Lismore sewage treatment plant, and along with a 100kW solar installation [&hellip

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Faraday Future promised $1.5 billion, says FF 91 will arrive by end of this year

Starting a car company is not only very, very hard—as Tesla, Fisker, and many others testify—but requires breathtaking sums of money. Now struggling Faraday Future, the electric-car startup firm whose entrepreneurial Chinese backer is facing legal action in his home country, appears to have found a well-heeled savior. The new investor...

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A Step Backward: European Member States Threaten to Reverse Progress on Single Electricity Market

The European Council's proposals on the internal energy market fundamentally weaken the framework that is needed to deliver an integrated market that will benefit European energy consumers, write Philip Baker and Christos Kolokathis from the global energy policy advisors Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). The proposals may even legalize practices that are currently — and should remain […] The post A Step Backward: European Member States Threaten to Reverse Progress on Single Electricity Market appeared first on The Energy …

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The EU Wants to Fight Climate Change, So Why Is It Spending Billions On a Gas Pipeline?

By funding the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the European Investment Bank (EIB) is hardly signalling to the private sector that governments are committed to a green energy transition, writes Aled Jones, Professor and Director at the Global Sustainability Institute of Anglia Ruskin University. Article courtesy The Conversation. Over the past few years there has been exponential growth in […] The post The EU Wants to Fight Climate Change, So Why Is It Spending Billions On a Gas Pipeline? appeared first on The Energy …

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As Electric Vehicles Gain Favor, Utilities Can Accelerate EV Adoption

As new models with longer ranges, state-of-the-art features, and lower prices enter the market, 2018 is widely expected to be the year of the electric vehicles (EV). US auto companies now offer more than 40 plug-in vehicle models, with more to come, and consumer interest in EVs has only grown with the arrival of these […] The post As Electric Vehicles Gain Favor, Utilities Can Accelerate EV Adoption appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Federal Energy Funds for Puerto Rico, A Small Down Payment

Just this past week, Puerto Rico suffered another setback in its effort to restore power to the island. One of its 400 megawatt power plants caught fire, plunging people back into the darkness. The outage underscored how much work needs to be done to bring normalcy back to the island. In that regard, how the […] The post Federal Energy Funds for Puerto Rico, A Small Down Payment appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Research Suggests Emission Reductions Equivalent to at Least a Quarter of the Commitments Countries Made at Paris

Research released in a letter to Nature describes how a single policy instrument, fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR), could deliver carbon emission reductions of between 0.5 to 2 Gt, or between 1 and 4 per cent, globally by 2030. The researchers point out that this is less (around a quarter) of the combined effort currently […] The post Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Research Suggests Emission Reductions Equivalent to at Least a Quarter of the Commitments Countries Made at Paris appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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In Budget Agreement, Congress Comes Through with Tax Equality for ‘Orphan’ Technologies

In what is becoming a monthly ritual in DC, Congress passed a month-long spending bill late last week to avoid a government shutdown. While headlines captured the story of another dodged shutdown (at least until next month), the eyes of the advanced energy industry caught another storyline. Congress fulfilled a promise to level the playing […] The post In Budget Agreement, Congress Comes Through with Tax Equality for ‘Orphan' Technologies appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The United States Is Projected to Become a Net Energy Exporter in Most AEO2018 Cases

EIA projects that the United States will become a net energy exporter in 2022 in the newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) Reference case, primarily driven by changes in petroleum and natural gas markets. The transition from net energy importer to net energy exporter occurs even earlier in some sensitivity cases that modify assumptions about oil […] The post The United States Is Projected to Become a Net Energy Exporter in Most AEO2018 Cases appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …