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BMW 3-Series vs Tesla Model 3, Honda Fit update, Buick wagon, ChargePoint cash: Today’s Car News

Today, reports say BMW will reveal its Tesla Model 3-fighter this fall, PG&E concludes electric cars can be kinder to the grid, ChargePoint raises more money, and the 2018 Honda Fit gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All this and more on Green Car Reports. It's been a busy week for ChargePoint, which is not only taking over management of...

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West Garage scheduled to close September 2017

On Sept. 15, 2017, the West Garage (W45), located on Vassar Street across from the Johnson Athletic Center and Steinbrenner Stadium, is scheduled to close in preparation for the construction of a new undergraduate residence hall on the site. The garage is expected to remain available on a limited basis through mid-November for special events and athletic events. In late fall and early winter, the construction project team will conduct exploratory work and will prepare the structure for demolition, which is slated to take place …

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Utility V2G test with BMW shows electric cars can aid the grid

As the demand for electric cars grows, utility companies are considering their effect on local power grids—both positive and negative. Recently, California's PG&E and BMW recently wrapped up a pilot program testing experimental vehicle-to-grid technology to see if electric cars could actually aid the grid—and they did. The program...

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Rainer Weiss wins Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research

The 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research was awarded on June 14 to MIT Professor Emeritus Rainer Weiss and to Caltech physicists Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Weiss was one of the inventors of the laser interferometer gravitational wave detector in the 1970s and co-founded with Thorne and the late Ronald Drever the National Science Foundation Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project in the 1980s to detect gravitational …

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Mobisol Acquires Lumeter To Expand Off-Grid Solar Pay-As-You-Go Solution

This week, Mobisol has announced that it has acquired Lumeter, one of the largest providers of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) software for the off-grid solar industry. This acquisition aims to create strong synergies between Lumeter and Mobisol's software for PAYG services Mobisol Acquires Lumeter To Expand …

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Sparking Grid Savings At Home Report: Part 2 — Deepening Of Peak Energy Reduction In Homes

While most programs so far have targeted home comfort (central air conditioning or electric water heating), there are other sources of electricity consumption that remain untouched. Sparking Grid Savings At Home Report: Part 2 — Deepening Of Peak Energy Reduction In Homes was originally …

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UK’s Low-Carbon Transition At Risk Due To Lack Of Government Action

A lack of government action on climate change is putting the United Kingdom's transition to a resilient, low-carbon economy in danger of being derailed, according to a new warning voiced this week by the country's Committee on Climate Change. UK's Low-Carbon Transition At Risk Due To Lack Of Government …

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China To Install 403 Gigawatts Of Wind Energy Over Next Decade, According To MAKE Consulting

Over the next ten years, China is expected to install an annual average of more than 25 gigawatts of new wind capacity, resulting in a cumulative growth across the decade of about 403 gigawatts, according to new figures from MAKE Consulting China To Install 403 Gigawatts Of Wind …

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Sunrun Expands Into Seven New States, Nearly Doubles Market Reach

Sunrun, one of the United States' leading residential solar developers, announced this week that it has recently completed expanding into seven new US state markets, nearly doubling its market reach in just under four months. Sunrun Expands Into Seven New States, Nearly Doubles Market Reach was …

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Fall debut for electric BMW 3-Series to fight Tesla Model 3: report

In August 2016, when the first U.S. ads for the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sport sedan hit the airwaves, they carried an interesting promise. "You will wait, and wait, and wait some more," the voiceover intoned, "all before that electric-car company's new model ever even arrives." That would be the Tesla Model 3, of course, the 200-plus-mile sedan...

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Consumers, PV and storage critical to low carbon grid: AEMO

AEMO underlines push on demand side of grid, wanting new market rules and regulations to facilitate rooftop solar, storage, energy efficiency and demand management. It marks major shift for the grid operator, and for the design of Australia's grid towards consumers rather than generators.

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A Warm and Wet First Quarter Negatively Impacted Solar Performance in the US

The early months of 2017 brought a departure from normal global horizontal irradiance, the key variable for PV plants. GTM has partnered with Vaisala, a company that monitors solar performance across the U.S., to give the solar industry a better understanding of how these weather trends are driving solar performance around the country. The most recent set of maps evaluate the first three months of 2017. The first quarter was warm and wet for much of the contiguous U.S. As illustrated by …

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Renault Kangoo ZE small electric van now on sale with longer range

French automaker Renault has given its small light commercial electric vehicle a handful of upgrades, including a significantly longer battery range. The Renault Kangoo ZE is now officially on sale with a longer rated range, a more powerful charging system, and a heat pump to keep the little van efficient in the coldest temperatures. Renault...

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The Case for Utilities to Bundle Their Energy Businesses—Before They’re Cannibalized

The utility industry has already been undergoing significant change over the past 25 years, with the rise of independent grid operators and competitive energy markets and the split of a once-monolithic, vertically integrated business model into retail energy providers, independent power producers, and transmission and distribution grid operators. But the rise of distributed energy is creating more turmoil for the utility industry than even these epochal changes. And because these changes are being driven by …

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Maybe It’s Not ‘Either-Or’ For Central and String Inverters

Allan Gregg's phone has been ringing a lot recently. As the chief technology officer for the inverter manufacturer Sungrow USA, Gregg has been the go-to person for utility-scale solar power plant developers looking to deploy the company's virtual central inverter concept, unveiled last year. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of questions about exactly how it would work in the …

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Is The U.S. Close To Achieving ‘Energy Dominance’?

If you hadn't heard, the Trump Administration has declared this week to be “Energy Week”, a week during which the President and his senior officials are focusing on the theme of “U.S. Energy Dominance.” Not “energy independence” or “energy security”, both themes past presidential administrations have focused upon – “energy dominance.” The post, Is The […] The post Is The U.S. Close To Achieving ‘Energy Dominance'? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Biofuels Take Revenue Hit But Get New Target Less Constrained by ‘Blend Wall’

The biofuels market in the United States is primarily driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While Congress set the original targets in 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the final mandate for each calendar year to adjust for market conditions. In 2016, the EPA expanded the biofuels market by nearly 1.2 billion […] The post U.S. Biofuels Take Revenue Hit But Get New Target Less Constrained by ‘Blend Wall' appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Energy Efficiency Deserves Center Stage During President’s Energy Week

The Trump Administration recently launched an Energy Week to promote our nation's “energy dominance” by increasing fossil fuel production. Notably absent in White House plans so far are discussions on how to increase energy efficiency, generally the cheapest way to meet our energy needs. Energy efficiency doesn't just save us money, it supports millions of […] The post Energy Efficiency Deserves Center Stage During President's Energy Week appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Brexit, One Year On: Green Tape, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Science Deniers

On June 23 2016, 46 million voters merrily skipped to the polls to have their say about whether the UK should remain in the European Union. Early the following morning, it was revealed that 52 percent of the population had voted Leave. Most were shocked, a small majority were joyous, the rest were dismayed — including many who […] The post Brexit, One Year On: Green Tape, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Science Deniers appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Texas Should Listen to Its Own Scientific Task Force About Methane

A new report from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) Shale Task Force underscores the problem of methane emissions from Texas' oil and gas industry. When burned, natural gas has about half the CO2 emissions of coal (that's good!), but the release of methane into the atmosphere can greatly erode that benefit. TAMEST […] The post Texas Should Listen to Its Own Scientific Task Force About Methane appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article