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Troll of the month: France gives grants to US climate scientists imperiled by Trump

It's a high-level troll, and an expert one. French president Emmanuel Macron announced in December that his country would offer grants totaling $70 million to 18 climate scientists, 13 from the U.S., to continue their research until U.S. president Donald Trump leaves office. The money is meant to give these researchers secure funding to continue...

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Diesel redux: 2018 BMW 540d sedan certified for US sale (but will it matter?)

BMW has announced it will resurrect the diesel 5 Series sport sedan, in the form of a 540d model, one year after the introduction of a thoroughly updated 5 Series. The company says the diesel edition will list for $62,995, including destination, once it arrives at dealerships in February. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the new...

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Renewable Energy Has Many Benefits For People, The Economy, & The Environment

Renewable energy has historically been seen as an alternative to burning fossil fuels like coal and petroleum products for consumable energy. However, we have come to learn that far more than the core reasons for pursuing renewable energy, there are plenty of other benefits of clean, renewable energy. It has become increasingly clear that renewable energy is just better than fossil fuels — for people and the environment

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Siemens Gamesa To Deliver 8 Megawatt Turbines To 500 Megawatt French Offshore Wind Farm

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced this week that it will supply 62 of its new 8 megawatt direct-drive offshore wind turbines to the 500 megawatt Saint Brieuc project in France, bringing the company's total supplied capacity in French waters up over 1.5 gigawatts.

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AES and Siemens Kick Off Fluence With Dedicated Financing, Massive Supply Contract

The first storage supergroup has arrived. Fluence, the new joint venture from major industry players Siemens and AES Energy Storage, kicked off operations in the new year. The company is positioning itself as a global heavyweight system provider capable of tackling everything from commercial projects up to the rarefied "100 megawatt club." "We've been one of …

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Genovation all-electric Chevy Corvette sports car debuts at CES

The idea of an all-electric Corvette is either either a wonderful marriage of American history and electric performance or complete sacrilege. Love it or hate it, it's now a reality. A company called Genovation rolled out the creation, the Genovation Extreme Electric (GXE), at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas this week. DON'T MISS...

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2019 Honda Insight prototype to debut in Detroit; 50 mpg or better projected

On Thursday, a concept version of what will be the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan was unveiled before its public debut at next week's Detroit auto show. Any new hybrid car from one of the pioneers of hybrid-electric vehicles is notable, and that's what Honda has delivered. Honda released photos and some details of what's called the "Insight...

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Flat Investment Levels: End to RE Cost Reductions?

A view from the stratosphere: A few weeks ago, Ed Kelly posted a new blog entry at Stratosolar. He reviewed the latest Bloomberg report on global clean energy financing. As Ed sees it, the figures reported spell trouble for conventional views of RE. Anyone counting on wind and solar alone to cut carbon emissions in […] The post Flat Investment Levels: End to RE Cost Reductions? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Federal Regulators Deal Huge Blow To The Coal Industry

Trump's bailout for coal and nuclear plants was unanimously rejected by regulators on Monday, undermining the administration's effort to prop up the ailing industries. The post, Federal Regulators Deal Huge Blow To The Coal Industry, was first published on OilPrice.com. By Nick Cunningham The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates the U.S. electricity market, shot down […] The post Federal Regulators Deal Huge Blow To The Coal Industry appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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The Quiet Power Market Transformation Behind the New Carbon Market in China

In December, the Chinese government announced the launch of a national carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS), which is expected to become the largest ETS in the world. This is a major development, writes Max Dupuy, senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), but its success depends on an even deeper power sector transformation that […] The post The Quiet Power Market Transformation Behind the New Carbon Market in China appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Why Trump’s Offshore Drilling Expansion Won’t Be So ‘Yuge’

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released the Trump Administration's long-awaited offshore drilling proposal last week. Once enacted, the plan will replace the existing leasing schedule, which was designed by the previous administration and had been set to run through 2022. New administrations are free to scrap the hold-over plans of prior administrations, and anyone who followed the […] The post Why Trump's Offshore Drilling Expansion Won't Be So ‘Yuge' appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full …

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NuScale Announces a Major Step in the NRC’s Review of its Passively Safe SMR

NuScale, a leader in the increasingly competitive field of advanced nuclear reactor design, has announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviewers issued a document that formally agrees that their design does not require any electrical power to achieve safe shutdown. It's difficult to explain the importance of that regulatory position. People with experience […] The post NuScale Announces a Major Step in the NRC's Review of its Passively Safe SMR appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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How Electric Trucks Could Disrupt Highway Transport and Save Businesses Billions

Tesla's much-anticipated electric semi-truck is garnering attention for its futuristic look and zero-emission promise – and it's part of an innovation trend that is changing the future of trucking, with implications for entire supply chains. United Parcel Service, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, PepsiCo and J.B Hunt are among the companies rushing to secure orders of Tesla's trucks, which […] The post How Electric Trucks Could Disrupt Highway Transport and Save Businesses Billions appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Voting open for crowdsourced climate change innovations

MIT Climate CoLab has opened a public voting period to select the top innovative ideas on how to tackle climate change. A project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Climate CoLab is an online platform where over 90,000 community members from around the world work together to develop and select proposals to help solve this massive, complex issue. This year, Climate CoLab launched

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2017 Electric Mobility Highlights

2017 was a strange year, with plenty to celebrate and plenty to ponder about. The wild ups and downs most of us have gone through, both personally and professionally, were reflected in the industries we cover as well. So let's take a look at what surprised us, what shows the most potential, and what was simply strange

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State grant will support advanced fiber and fabric research at Lincoln Lab

On Dec. 20, Secretary Jay Ash of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced a $3.9 million state grant to support the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) at Lincoln Laboratory. The award will promote the center's mission of innovating advanced fibers and fabrics for defense applications. “Massachusetts has a long history of supporting our armed forces with technological advancement,” said Ash during an event at the Laboratory. “We lead in innovation, entrepreneurship, and …