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Electric cars will fail, but we’ll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles, due to the...

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China Sitting Pretty To Dominate New Clean Energy Future, Claims IEEFA

With the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, China has solidified its position as the dominant global clean energy powerhouse in 2017, and is set to lead the way in clean energy which is expected to lead the way in global power capacity additions for at least the next two decades.

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South Australia Approves World’s Largest Single-Tower Thermal Solar Plant

The state of South Australia has announced approval for the construction of the world's largest single-tower solar thermal plant to be built near Port Augusta, a 150 megawatt beast that, in the wake of the successful development of the world's largest Li-ion battery, serves to solidify South Austalia's role as a world leader in renewable energy.

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Half of global auto executives say electric cars will fail. Here’s why: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles due to the infrastructure...

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Workhorse expands $1,000 preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup from fleets to public for $1,000

After $300 million in claimed fleet preorders for its plug-in hybrid pickup truck, Workhorse will open its order books for everyone to claim a spot in the production schedule. The Workhorse W-15 will be the first publicly available vehicle from a company that began its electrification journey more than 10 years ago. It features 80 miles of...

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For 2018, only a dozen diesel vehicles on sale in U.S. (guess who has most)

With the permanent end of diesel sales in the U.S. by three VW Group brands—Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche—the number of diesel passenger cars and light trucks has plummeted. In fact, for the 2018 model year thus far, there are only 11 basic models listed in an annual publication issued by the EPA, along with a handful more certified...

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A Victory for Competitive Markets, and Advanced Energy, as FERC Rejects DoE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins Serious Look at Grid Resilience

On Monday, FERC issued its long-awaited final order on the grid resilience docket. In a clear repudiation of Secretary Perry, who issued the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FERC closed the docket on the DOE NOPR, opting to not take any action. The Secretary, along with major coal companies, stated the belief that there was […] The post A Victory for Competitive Markets, and Advanced Energy, as FERC Rejects DoE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins Serious Look at Grid Resilience appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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During Recent Cold Snap, the U.S. Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage

During the recent cold weather event that affected much of the eastern United States, more natural gas was withdrawn from storage fields around the country than at any other point in history. Net withdrawals from natural gas storage totaled 359 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 5, 2018, exceeding the previous record […] The post During Recent Cold Snap, the U.S. Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Proposed Changes to Energy Conservation Standards Program for Appliances

When the Trump administration took office almost a year ago, one oft repeated promise was to remove and reduce regulations across the board– though environmental and energy regulations were frequently called out specifically. Whether it was in an attempt to boost American oil and coal industries or make complying with environmental regulations for facilities in […] The post Proposed Changes to Energy Conservation Standards Program for Appliances appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Pennsylvania Suspends Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction, Citing Sunoco’s ‘Egregious and Willful’ Violations

Pennsylvania today suspended permits for Sunoco Pipeline, LP‘s $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline project, after finding that the company committed “egregious and willful violations” of state laws. The order directs Sunoco, a subsidiary of Dakota Access pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners, to stop Mariner East 2 construction activities across Pennsylvania. The 306-mile pipeline project would carry 275,000 barrels a […] The post Pennsylvania Suspends Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction, Citing Sunoco's ‘Egregious and …

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A manifesto for designing cities

“The city is a people's art, a shared experience,” a Philadelphia architect and planner named Edmund Bacon once wrote, adding that any urban designer's job was to “conceive an idea, implant it, and nurture its growth in the collective minds of the community.” It sounds like a common-sense approach to city building — and one that could lead to a pleasing urban mosaic, as both community needs and architectural styles change over time. But according to MIT professor

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Changing lives with heart, humor, and engineering

Nick Schwartz likes to describe himself as “a nerd with a heart.” Before finals period at the end of each fall semester, the mechanical engineering senior and nuclear fusion enthusiast dons a Santa Claus costume and hands out candy to students, staff, and faculty passing through the lobby of Building 7. “I came up with [the idea] my sophomore year and thought it would be really fun,” Schwartz says. For his senior year, Schwartz aimed for something “bigger than ever.” He and his elves — his friends and classmates who …

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BMW partners with Solid Power to develop solid-state cells for electric cars

While lithium-ion cells have powered all but a handful of plug-in electric cars since 2008, carmakers have looked further down the road toward solid-state battery cells with an eye toward launching them sometime during the 2020s. On Monday, BMW Group and Solid Power announced that the two companies would partner in an effort to develop Solid...

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BMW & Solid Power To Jointly Develop Solid-State Batteries For Electric Vehicles

Today, Solid Power announced The BMW Group is partnering with the company to jointly develop its solid-state batteries for use in BMW's future electric vehicle models. BMW will assist Solid Power to advance its technology to achieve performance levels demanded by its customers

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Republican Tax Bill = $1 Trillion Lie That Will Bludgeon American Taxpayers

People are jumping with joy because the federal tax credit for electric vehicles and certain incentives for wind and solar power have not been eliminated by the so-called tax reform bill Republicans are ramrodding through Congress. But beware; the good news is far outweighed by the bad. American taxpayers will be hammered by this legislation. Here is a sampling of criticism about the bill from Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, and Robert Reich