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Fastned — EV Fast Charging Leadership (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

Fastned is still the only EV charging network I know of that includes CHAdeMO, CCS, and Tesla (via adapter) charging options at all of its stations. This may seem unimportant, since Tesla has its own Supercharger network, but as Fastned co-founder Bart Lubbers pointed out in a recent interview with me, approximately half of the electric cars in the Netherlands are Teslas. As such, even with other options, many of Fastned's customers are Tesla drivers

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CloudSat exits the “A-Train”

MISSION STATUS REPORT Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, this week lowered the orbit of the nearly 12-year-old CloudSat satellite following the loss of one of its reaction wheels, which control its orientation in orbit. While CloudSat's science mission will continue, it will no longer fly as part of the Afternoon Constellation, or A-Train — six Earth-monitoring satellites that fly in a coordinated orbit to advance our understanding of how Earth functions as a …

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What Honda’s Success Can Teach Us About Tesla

"To the more established brands, it is a young upstart company with performance claims that seem unreasonably optimistic. Instead of being rooted in reality, its new sporty two-door appears to be little more than the expressed will of a mercurial leader. There are already rumors of potential bankruptcy. Surely, this is hubris run amok.”

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Event explores initial findings from “MIT and Slavery” class

In 1882, MIT students socialized in a drawing room that featured a replica of J.M.W. Turner's painting, “The Slaveship,” which shows enslaved people drowning, thrown overboard during a storm as expendable cargo. The students' commentary centered on the painting's bold colors, but ignored the violent human narrative. On Friday, Feb. 16, MIT senior Alaisha Alexander stood under a projection of that haunting image, and noted that absence in the campus dialogue of the time. Early MIT coursework also referred to scientific …

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Opel to swap Ampera-e (aka Bolt EV) for all-electric Corsa model in 2020

It's been six months since General Motors completed the sale of its Opel division in Europe to PSA Group, the French parent of the Citroën, DS, and Peugeot brands. With the sale came licenses to run out the model life of GM-designed vehicles sold as Opels (and Vauxhalls in the U.K.) while PSA developed successors on its own underpinnings. Now...

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There Should Be Few Reservations About Auction Reserve Prices

The auction reserve price in California has proved successful in maintaining a minimum carbon price. However it shows the importance for an emissions trading system of political commitment and stability. This is the second of two posts looking at experience of carbon price floors. My previous post looked at UK carbon price support, which guarantees […] The post There Should Be Few Reservations About Auction Reserve Prices appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy: Donald Trump Enlists Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance

As the recently published National Security Strategy shows, Donald Trump has turned the expansion of the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its exports into a major component of American foreign and security policy, writes energy expert and author Michael T. Klare. In the view of the Trump administration, anyone that stands in the way of […] The post The Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy: Donald Trump Enlists Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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About That Tesla Roadster Flying Through Space: What Kind of Gas Mileage Is It Getting?

Elon Musk and his SpaceX team made huge news last week when they successfully completed the maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy on the afternoon of February 6, 2018. This launch was such a monumental accomplishment because the private company venture (the heaviest commercial rocket ever launched) could one day be used to take astronauts […] The post About That Tesla Roadster Flying Through Space: What Kind of Gas Mileage Is It Getting? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Clean Energy, Not Natural Gas, Drove Decarbonization in 2017

Despite attempts by the Trump administration and the coal industry to limit clean energy in favor of fossil fuels – including a tariff on solar energy, a thinly-disguised bailout for coal and nuclear power plants (that was rightly rejected), and a dramatic proposed cut to energy research – we are accelerating the transition to a […] The post Clean Energy, Not Natural Gas, Drove Decarbonization in 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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After Losing a Vote on the Double Dip, Is Dominion Losing Power?

An earthquake shook Richmond, Virginia on the afternoon of Monday, February 12, rocking the House of Delegates just as it was supposed to be passing HB 1558, Dominion Energy's Ratepayer Rip-Off Act of 2018. The bill was intended to help the utility lock in stupendous unearned profits for its parent company, courtesy of the monopoly's […] The post After Losing a Vote on the Double Dip, Is Dominion Losing Power? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The U.S. Added 38 Percent More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year

The number of oil and gas rigs in the United States has increased an astonishing 38 percent over the past year. That's according to S&P Global Platts Analytics, which reported this week that the country had 1,070 rigs at the end of January, up from just 773 a year earlier. Experts expressed fear that all of this new development […] The post The U.S. Added 38 Percent More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Coal Production, Exports, and Prices Increased in 2017

EIA expects total 2017 U.S. coal production to be 773 million short tons (MMst), 45 MMst higher than in 2016 and the largest year-over-year tonnage increase since 2001. Coal prices across the United States rose as well, especially for Central Appalachian coal. An increase in demand for U.S. coal exports more than offset a slight […] The post U.S. Coal Production, Exports, and Prices Increased in 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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US Renewable Energy Generation Now ‘Within Striking Distance’ of Nuclear

Last year's edition of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) defined renewable energy as the “new normal" in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This year's edition affirms that finding. While U.S. clean energy installations lagged, a record amount of capacity brought online in 2016 drove generation from renewables (including hydropower) in 2017 -- a year of uncertainty -- to its highest level ever, at 18 percent of the overall energy mix. Natural gas and coal still remain the top producers of …

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Sealing the cracks in public education

With one foot in a dual bachelor's and master's program in urban studies and the other in an array of educational and community outreach programs, Yazmin Guzman applies the same careful coordination she perfected as a Mexican folkloric dancer to her life at MIT. The senior from Wichita, Kansas, is determined to gain the experiences she needs to begin a career that will help seal cracks in the public education system. Guzman, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, experienced one of those cracks firsthand …

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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada for Jan: Outlander has landed (plus 2017 analysis)

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV helped the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market to its first 1,000-unit January last month. The company sold 174 of its plug-in hybrid SUV in its first full month on sale, representing about 30 percent of overall Outlander sales. If that ratio holds, the Outlander PHEV could become Canada's second...

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Tesla: IPO To More Valuable Than Ford In 7 Years (Infographic)

The story of Tesla is a fascinating one by any measure: a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs get together to start a car company, a feat that business-school professors have been using as the definition of economic impossibility for decades, and after only a few years they build a company that rivals the Big Three, and a car that earns every accolade the industry has to offer. Of course, there are several near-death experiences along the way to hold our interest