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How Calculating FERC’s One-Mile Rule Could Affect Renewable Energy Projects

As the vigorous pace of wind and solar energy development continues, the ability of renewable projects to obtain Qualifying Facility status under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 can be critical to a renewable project's financing options -- and thus its viability. It can also have important implications for the interconnected utility purchasing the project's output and the rates of that utility's customers. A pending application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sets the …

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Swedish EV Battery Study Sucks

The Swedish state media organization SVT reports in an absurdly incorrect and misleading article "Electric vehicles may be the worst for the climate" that electric vehicles are bad for the environment, especially referring to "severe" issues regarding their lithium-ion batteries Swedish EV Battery Study Sucks was originally …

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Illuminating the developing world’s “invisible” consumers

While on location in remote areas of Kenya, researching automation and home manufacturing for his doctoral dissertation, Kenfield Griffith PhD '12 encountered a significant lack of data. For example, information he needed about whether people had access to indoor plumbing was scarce or nonexistent — and conducting traditional surveys to gather the data would be arduous and time consuming. But nearly all rural Kenyans, he realized, had texting-capable cell phones. Back in his MIT dorm room, Griffith built a …

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Origami anything

In a 1999 paper, Erik Demaine — now an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science, but then an 18-year-old PhD student at the University of Waterloo, in Canada — described an algorithm that could determine how to fold a piece of paper into any conceivable 3-D shape. It was a milestone paper in the field of computational origami, but the algorithm didn't yield very practical folding patterns. Essentially, it took a very long strip of paper and wound it into the desired shape. The resulting structures …

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Proposed Self-Driving Car Rules Would Bar US States From Setting Own Rules

The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters Proposed Self-Driving Car …

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CleanTechnica Begins Jetson Electric Bicycle Review, Stay Tuned

When I first saw the electric bicycle (e-bike) Jetson, I stopped to look again. Where is the obvious battery sticking out? Where is the obvious electric motor? Where is the obvious gearing system limiting these e-bikes to a handful of gears? What is this twelve speed bike doing here in the middle of the e-bike section

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Sweden’s Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock

AP7, Sweden's largest pension plan, announced this week it is continuing with its fossil fuel divestment strategy by selling its shares in ExxonMobil and TransCanada. Sweden's Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock was originally published on