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Cryptocurrency’s Electrical Demand Will Drop Drastically

All of the hysteria about cryptocurrency energy use is going to go away in the next few months. The bubble will pop for stale assets like bitcoin, places like China will clamp down on wasting electricity on competitive mining, and everybody else will move to variants of proof-of-stake or perhaps IOTA, which seems to dodge the bullet in a different way

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Siemens Invests in LO3 Energy, Making Blockchain Core to Its Microgrid Strategy

Blockchain is having a moment. Seemingly every week, a new partnership or platform is announced in the energy sector. The latest move comes from Siemens, which participated in the series A funding round for LO3 Energy, a blockchain-based microgrid developer. The companies didn't disclose the terms of the deal, but the Director of Microgrids for Siemens Energy Management, Clark Wiedetz, described the financing as “not chump change.” A filing from November lists a funding round for LO3 Energy at …

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Electric car charging on the road has to be way, way better than it is today

A couple of weeks ago, we charged a 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 15 times within two days. It was part of a contest during a two-day press drive for the car—though we were beaten by the team that charged their Niro a stunning 31 times in little more than 30 hours. But our experience reinforced what many electric car drivers either knew going...

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A New Challenge for Disaster Zones: Driving an Electric Evacuation

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents “you need to go right now,” as Hurricane Irma barreled toward the state, many were able to jump in their cars and leave. An estimated three million people took to the highways, creating hours-long bottlenecks that stretched six-hour drives into …

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The Cleantech Casualties of 2017

The clean energy sector weathered more storms this year, and not everybody made it through. Here we mark the names of the fallen, those companies that went bankrupt, ceased operations or otherwise exited the sector. The ranks include top-five rooftop solar installers, prominent lithium-ion alternative vendors, a quixotic aboveground compressed air storage play, a solar cell manufacturer with global geopolitical implications, and a couple nuclear plants for good measure. On the whole, the list was short, a …

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The World Should Go for Zero Emissions, Not Two Degrees

Two years after the climate summit in Paris, euphoria has largely evaporated, writes Oliver Geden, Head of Research Division EU/Europe at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). There has been little sign of additional ambition in climate change mitigation since. One fundamental reason, according to Geden, is that the target of “holding the […] The post The World Should Go for Zero Emissions, Not Two Degrees appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Vogtle Continuation Decision Tells Me America Still Produces Leaders That Can Make Complicated, Long-Term Decisions

The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved a plan to continue the Vogtle Expansion Project. Georgia Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Company, immediately accepted the deal contained in the plan and will continue moving forward with due diligence and effort. The announced decisions made me even more confident that there is strong […] The post Vogtle Continuation Decision Tells Me America Still Produces Leaders That Can Make Complicated, Long-Term Decisions appeared first on The Energy …

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What the Tax Bill May Mean for Energy Efficiency

Although the tax bill passed by Congress will bring the largest changes to taxes (and government revenue) seen in decades, we don't expect the bill to have such a dramatic impact on energy efficiency. The greatest impacts, both positive and negative, will likely come from the broad changes to tax and revenue. Some companies and […] The post What the Tax Bill May Mean for Energy Efficiency appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Electric Heat Pumps Are Key to Low-Carbon Homes and Buildings

Furnaces, boilers, and other heating equipment constitute one of Canada's largest sources of carbon pollution. In fact, the burning of fossil fuels in homes and buildings — mostly natural gas and heating oil — accounts for around 12% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. In order for Canada to reap the benefits of tomorrow's low-carbon economy, we must […] The post Electric Heat Pumps Are Key to Low-Carbon Homes and Buildings appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Timeline For Electric Vehicle Revolution (via Lower Battery Prices, Supercharging, Lower Battery Prices)

Everyone knows that electric vehicles (EVs) are going to replace internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) in the long run. Many of us are excited about this key transition away from fossil fuels and hope that it comes sooner rather than later, yet are not sure exactly when the big breakthroughs in market share are going to happen. It is often stated that at battery prices of $100/kWh, EVs will successfully compete with ICEVs, but mainstream predictions about how and when this happens vary widely. In this in-depth article, we …

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2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet first drive review: the perfect city car

I try very hard to go into each review with an open mind, but in the case of the 2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet, I was prepared to dislike it. I expected an anemic driving experience in a vehicle that was somehow both small and cumbersome. I thought the Smart would be an automotive nerd, a vehicle too compromised to work on American...

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Tesla Vehicle Revenue In 2022 — $73.7 Billion?

What will Tesla revenue be in 5 years, in 2022? I don't think anyone has the magic answer, and opinions vary drastically, but here are the results of my fun exercise in Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model S, Model X, Semi, Roadster 2, Pickup, Energy, and Network revenue, gross margins, and gross profit in 2022. Have fun exploring the possibilities along with me

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A Shaking Porsche vs A Tesla Model S (GIFs + Video)

Talking about cars in general and electric cars in particular, you are bound to get around to the subject of the launch from 0–60 mph acceleration every now and then. And frankly, it doesn't really make sense in daily life, does it? The recent hype about the new Tesla Roadster proves the point. I mean, 0–60 in 1.9 seconds? Really? You would need a medical clearance for doing that. I get blurry vision below 4 seconds, so what's the point

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Reflections on 2017: Key Trends Shaping the Power Sector

Reflection comes naturally during the holiday season. As I come to the end of my first year at RAP, I am reflecting on many interesting power sector developments from 2017. I will focus on a handful here—trends that stood out in the past year and will continue to change the electricity industry, and how it […] The post Reflections on 2017: Key Trends Shaping the Power Sector appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article