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Some Plug-In Hybrids Can Cut Emissions As Much As Pure Electrics

A joint study by the highly respected Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research finds that plug-in hybrid cars with at least 36 miles of electric-only range (think Chevy Volt) are just as good at keeping carbon emissions out of the atmosphere as pure battery electric cars (think Chevy Bolt)

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Rick Perry Gives FERC a 30-Day Reprieve on Coal, Nuclear Cost Recovery Decision

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has agreed to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 30 more days to make a decision on a controversial proposal to shore up coal and nuclear power plants in the name of grid resilience, extending a deadline that would otherwise have expired today. In a Friday letter granting FERC's request for a deadline extension, Perry repeated unsubstantiated claims that coal and nuclear …

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How California’s New Time-of-Use Rates Will Affect C&I Customers Considering Solar PV

On December 1, San Diego Gas & Electric became the first of California's investor-owned utilities to implement a new time-of-use (TOU) period that shifts the peak period later into the evening, to align with the "head" of the duck curve. Commercial, institutional and industrial customers in SDG&E are subject to some of the most expensive demand charges in the country, …

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10 Key Benchmarks For Climate Action To Achieve 1.5°C-Level Success

Independent assessment group Climate Action Tracker has published a new study outlining 10 key short-term sectoral benchmarks for climate action that must be taken by 2020-25 if we are to simply "keep the window open for a 1.5°C-consistent GHG emission pathway."

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Old Love Bug Going Electric?

As one of the first VW Beetle owners, my father might have been an odd entrant into the modern-day vehicle. A conservative WWII hero and vet, he made his life by keeping part of his sorrow tucked away and shut down in a corner of his mind -- the war memories corner. To raise his children, he relied on a mix of conservative faith and Star Trek, and he strived to be fun. Ever the two-sided personality, his hero was Captain Kirk, and Star Trek was a dinnertime fair

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BMW i3 driven, Tesla Semi orders, best green-car deals, falling battery costs: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got a drive report on the updated BMW i3 REx—we had mull over our thoughts—along with best December deals on green cars, some good news on falling battery costs, and a bit of Tesla news too. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car...

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for December 2017

If you're looking to give the gift of efficient motoring this holiday season, numerous manufacturer incentives are available this month that'll save you from breaking the bank. For December, CarsDirect has uncovered leases as cheap as $159/month and discounts as much as $18,100 on fuel-efficient vehicles for the month of December. Read on to see...

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German Energiewende Turned Into a Dead End

Germany has invested hundreds of billions to promote renewable energy sources. Yet emissions have been dropping slower than thought, because Germany is shutting down nuclear and is therefore depending more on its coal power. Germany hosted the Conference of Parties, COP23, climate talks in the city of Bonn this November. Germany wants to impress itself, […] The post German Energiewende Turned Into a Dead End appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Synergies Between Nuclear Energy and Coal

Some recent converts to nuclear energy advocacy are offended and confused by the fact that nuclear energy and coal have been lumped together in the Department of Energy's recent effort to return profitable conditions to established power plants that do not depend on favorable weather or just-in-time natural gas fuel delivery. A segment of the […] The post Synergies Between Nuclear Energy and Coal appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Focusing On Big Wins In Emissions Reduction

The EU could make huge progress in cutting emissions by focussing on a few large power plants. Emissions from a vast range of sources need to be reduced if targets for limiting climate change are to be reached. Nevertheless huge progress can often be made by concentrating on the largest few sources. The EUETS illustrates […] The post Focusing On Big Wins In Emissions Reduction appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Making Your City “EV Ready”

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining traction among consumers, governments, and automakers as battery prices fall and the benefits of EVs increase. Within the last year, virtually every major automobile manufacturer has announced plans to transition to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. As cities look to capitalize on the opportunity that EVs can bring, from lower […] The post Making Your City “EV Ready” appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Renewables in Africa Are Losing Ground: A Proposal for a Practical Climate Finance Instrument

If the One Planet Summit in Paris on 12 December is to meet its expectations, it must lead to a new cost- and carbon-efficient instrument to support decentralised renewable electricity generation across Africa, writes Terje Osmundsen. Courtesy Energi og Klima blog. Although President Emmanuel Macron has chosen to name his climate event this week “One Planet, One Summit”, cynics […] The post Renewables in Africa Are Losing Ground: A Proposal for a Practical Climate Finance Instrument appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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How Communities Living in Poverty Can Benefit From Renewable Energy

Impoverished communities around the globe lack access to essential amenities including heat, electricity and clean drinking water. Residents of rural communities are also in a similar situation. Electric companies have little incentive to add additional infrastructure to the electrical grid to provide these areas with electricity since it isn't economical. Instead, residents are forced to […] The post How Communities Living in Poverty Can Benefit From Renewable Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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India’s Steel Industry, Like America’s, Is Dominated by Electric-Based Processes

India is the third-largest steel producer in the world after China and Japan, having surpassed other large steel-making countries such as the United States, Russia, and South Korea over the previous decade, according to the World Steel Association. In 2016, about 57% of India's steel was produced using electric-based methods, which is the second-highest proportion of electric-based steel […] The post India's Steel Industry, Like America's, Is Dominated by Electric-Based Processes appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Trucker Slams Tesla Semi Truck Based On Politics, Not Facts

On Thursday night, November 16, Tesla and Elon Musk revealed a prototype of their semi truck. While the Tesla Semi is at least a few years away from production, most industry observers were impressed with the announced performance specifications of the truck. But then entered truck driver Matthew Garnett, who was interviewed Friday, November 17, on Fox Business by reporter Elizabeth MacDonald. Mr. Garnett, a frequent guest on Fox News and a contributor to The Federalist blog, is quite outspoken on his views, especially about the …