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Scana Corporation Will Abandon Construction Of Two Nuclear Power Plants In South Carolina

SCANA Corporation, parent of SCG&E, has announced it will not complete construction of two nuclear power plants in South Carolina due to spiraling costs. Local legislators and rate payers are not pleased. Scana Corporation Will …

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GreenLots Grows Into Thailand & Beyond With New BMW ChargeNow Deal

GreenLots, an open standard charging network operator, has big plans to bring together public EV charging stations and battery storage with the power of its network and cloud technologies in order to level up EV charging infrastructure in Southeast Asia and North America. Greenlots was originally founded in Singapore in 2008 and has since scaled up into a global EV charging network operator, with operations in 13 countries and offices in …

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Hybrid drones carry heavier payloads for greater distances

MIT alumnus Long Phan SM '99, PhD '12 is a technology innovator and entrepreneur with several engineering “firsts” under his belt. In the mid-1990s, Phan helped build the Draper Small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the world's first fully autonomous helicopter. While working on Wall Street in the early 2000s, he became an early pioneer of the high-frequency trading system, which consists of powerful computers that rapidly complete tons of trading transactions. As co-founder, CEO, and chief technology officer of …

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Model Y sanity, 2018 Leaf teaser, VW guilty plea, Tesla service, Toyota-Mazda pact: Today’s Car News

Today, again we have two Tesla stories, this time on Model Y "insanity" averted plus extended service plans; a VW executive pleads guilty; Toyota and Mazda hook up; and we get another 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car teaser image. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Toyota and Mazda announced they will cooperate on electric-car technologies, and...

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Tesla Model Y to be based on Model 3 after all; Musk ‘reeled back’ from ‘insanity’

It's fair to say that Tesla CEO Elon Musk probably raises more eyebrows more often than all other automaker CEOs combined. One case in point came in early May, when he mentioned during a financial-results call that the upcoming Tesla Model Y compact crossover utility would be based on a new platform. Three months later, the CEO has walked that...

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Next 2018 Nissan Leaf teaser sketch; electric car debuts Sep 5

The global debut of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car is just a month away, and now another teaser image has been released. This one's a design sketch showing a drawing of the car's side profile, suitably shaded to obscure some of the details. You can compare it to a shot of the actual vehicle, captured last week in Norway while a 2018 Leaf was...

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First Tesla Solar Roof Systems Installed On Employee Homes

The first Tesla Solar Roof installations have been completed. The cost is estimated at $42 per square foot, which is less than any other new roof with a conventional solar system mounted on top of it. First Tesla Solar Roof Systems Installed On Employee Homes was originally published on

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With a Quorum, FERC Now Grapples With Distributed Energy Trends Outpacing Market Rules

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a quorum. On Thusday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Powelson, commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and Neil Chatterjee, energy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as the newest members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Powelson and Chatterhee now join Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur on the five-member commission, which hasn't had …

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Carmaker lobbyist urges fuel-economy deal that keeps CAFE requirements

Automakers have united behind a somewhat surprising position: reviews of corporate average fuel economy rules should not involve scrapping the current standards. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group that represents automakers building cars in the U.S., has asked the Trump administration to solidify a deal that keeps higher...

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Life with Tesla Model S: beware Extended Service Agreement fine print

A couple of years ago, as my 2013 Tesla Model S approached the end of its 50,000-mile warranty, I debated long and hard whether to opt for Tesla's extended warranty, which they call an Extended Service Agreement (ESA). At $4,000, it wasn't cheap. It provided four years and an additional 50,000 miles of coverage, up to a total of...

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VW exec to plead guilty to diesel cheating charges after jail, house arrest

It has been almost two years since Volkswagen changed the prospects for diesel-powered cars when it admitted to eight years' worth of cheating on emissions tests for its so-called clean diesel vehicles. The effects of the German automaker's diesel scandal are still unfolding today, not only in the United States, but in Europe as well. Another...

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VW exec to plead guilty to diesel cheating charges after jail, house arrest

It has been almost two years since Volkswagen changed the prospects for diesel-powered cars when it admitted to eight years' worth of cheating on emissions tests for its so-called clean diesel vehicles. The effects of the German automaker's diesel scandal are still unfolding today, not only in the United States, but in Europe as well. Another...

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Earth Overshoot: Living Large in the 21st Century

Buying on credit: August 2nd was Earth Overshoot Day. As of that day, the year is done for planet Earth, she has given a year's worth of natural resources. It may seem counter-intuitive at first. Obviously, we aren't done with 2017 yet. How can we take more than the Earth makes, for decades on end? Have […] The post Earth Overshoot: Living Large in the 21st Century appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Solar PV Sets New Records Nationally and Globally

In 2016, the solar PV industry set a record with an estimated 77.2 GW of new capacity installed around the world – 52% above 2015's installation figure of 51 GW.[1] That does not mean the year was an easy one for the industry. Pricing pressure on manufacturers and developers alike kept revenue growth from matching […] The post Solar PV Sets New Records Nationally and Globally appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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California Legislature Passes 10-Year Extension to Cap and Trade

Success in the legislature: After weeks of negotiations in the California legislature, the Senate and Assembly passed an extension to cap and trade on July 17. This is a win for California's climate leadership and for green building. USGBC actively supported the cap-and-trade extension, as one of the state's key strategies to reach its SB 32 goal to reduce […] The post California Legislature Passes 10-Year Extension to Cap and Trade appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Canada’s Environmental Fines are Tiny Compared to the U.S.

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Mount Polley mine disaster, which sent 24 million cubic metres of mining waste into Quesnel Lake, making it one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. It'll be a stinging reminder of the tailings pond collapse for local residents, especially considering no charges have been laid against Imperial […] The post Canada's Environmental Fines are Tiny Compared to the U.S. appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Three Important Oil Trade Chokepoints Are Located Around the Arabian Peninsula

Nearly 59 million barrels per day (b/d) of global petroleum and other liquids production moved on maritime routes in 2015, or almost 61% of the world total. Many of these products transited the Suez Canal and SUMED Pipeline, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Strait of Hormuz chokepoints around the Arabian Peninsula. Chokepoints are narrow […] The post Three Important Oil Trade Chokepoints Are Located Around the Arabian Peninsula appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article