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Interim FERC Chairman: Coal and Nuclear ‘Need to Be Properly Compensated’

One of Neil Chatterjee's top priorities in his new role as interim chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to ensure coal and nuclear power receive some form of compensation for the "resilience and reliability" benefits they provide to the U.S. electric system. Resilience and reliability "are essential to national security," said Chatterjee, in an interview on FERC's Open Access podcast. "To that end, …

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Study: We’re Still Underestimating Battery Cost Improvements

Batteries have been beating expectations in recent years as costs continue to fall. That's good news for the storage industry, but reveals a shortcoming in the scientific understanding of the trend. That discrepancy prompted Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen to devise a new model, recently published in Nature Energy -- and it ended up predicting future cost declines at a pace faster than previous analyses. Scholars …

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Piauí Installs Largest Solar PV Power Plant In Latin America

For the past few years, Piauí, Brazil, has focused on generating jobs and generating renewable energy hand in hand. Piaui is captivated by the win-win-win-win of wind and solar power projects. (There are four wins since, aside from jobs and energy, renewables cut air pollution and global warming emissions.) Setting a notable milestone in this realm, Piauí has installed the largest photovoltaic energy project in Latin America

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Electric cars after 46 years: Chevy Bolt EV vs lunar rover

President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, and the country's space agency met his challenge with five months to go. However, in 1971, NASA sent a remarkable piece of equipment into space with astronauts—the Lunar Rover—which was actually designed and built by General Motors...

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Tesla — A Challenger Brand, The Ultimate Challenger Brand

Going up against Big Auto is no easy task. They're seasoned players with deep pockets and political influence. But Big Auto companies continue to be complacent when it comes to their flailing electric vehicle programs. Their leaders cling to the gas pump, while Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] electrifies — blowing past the likes of GM, Ford, and even BMW to become the third-largest automotive brand by market capitalization. How did Tesla pull this …

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Potential Tesla Model S Buyers Should Consider The 100D

Anyone wondering about the practicality of taking long road trips in a Tesla Model S would do well to watch this recent video from Fully Charged, in which host Robert Llewellyn takes a Model S 100D on a journey from London all the way up to the Orkney Islands - the UK equivalent of a Kerouacian coast-to-coast odyssey.

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How to Sleep in a Tesla Model S or Model X

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of meeting Steve Sasman, the "proprietor" of the Tesla Hotel. According to Steve, "One of the many benefits of the highly versatile Tesla Model S sports car is the plentiful amount of room for one or two people to sleep in the back with the seats folded down. Outfitted with a comfy 8″ thick air mattress, you will sleep like a baby who just struck the technology jackpot

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64 Million Tons Of CO2-Equivalent Emissions A Year In US From Meat-Eating Domestic Dogs & Cats, Research Finds (#GreenSunday)

While many people have pointed out the reality that cutting one's consumption of meat is a notable means of reducing one's carbon footprint, I haven't heard many people bring up the subject of meat consumption by pets 64 Million Tons Of CO2-Equivalent …

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Beans For Beef: The Climate Change Initiative That Anyone Can Do (#GreenSunday)

Our #FakePresident has removed the United States from the Paris climate accords, leading some Americans to experience ecoanxiety. That's a relatively new term that the American Psychological Association has used to describe the feelings of dread and helplessness that follow from “watching the slow and seemingly irrevocable impacts of climate change unfold, and worrying about the future for oneself, children, and later generations.” As it turns out, …

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7 Notes From New Tesla Model X Commercial (Video)

Tesla has published a new "commercial." Perhaps some people wouldn't like to call it that, but in today's world of YouTube-obsessed viewers, it's clear that this is the place for cutting-edge companies to put their marketing dollars. Of course, with Tesla's big brand appeal, it can get hundreds of thousands of views on a new YouTube video/commercial for relatively low cost, landing a much better ROI than paying for a TV commercial, but …

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A Funny Story — Used Tesla Model S vs Toyota Prius Prime

As many of you know, we're trying to get an electric shuttle startup (Tesla Shuttle) off the ground in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). We recently held a test ride event to attract customers, perhaps attract investors, and just generally EVangelize. To organize the event, we partnered with a fleet industry magazine, Menadżer Floty. I was surprised to find out that they actually had a Toyota Prius Prime to bring to the event

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Toyota & Mazda Partnering For New Assembly Facility In US & EV Tech

The two Japanese auto manufacturers Toyota and Mazda will be partnering for the development of a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in the US, as well as for the development of electric vehicle technologies Toyota & Mazda Partnering For New Assembly Facility In US & EV Tech was originally …

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Phytoplankton and chips

Microbes mediate the global marine cycles of elements, modulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and helping to maintain the oxygen we all breathe, yet there is much about them scientists still don't understand. Now, an award from the Simons Foundation will give researchers from MIT's Darwin Project access to bigger, better computing resources to model these communities and probe how they work. The simulations of plankton populations made by Darwin Project …

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“It’s Amazing When Nothing Holds You Back” — The New Nissan LEAF

I find the Nissan LEAF to be light, agile, and amazing. The next-generation Nissan LEAF is clearly one of the most anticipated electric cars of the year, perhaps of the next couple of years. It will feature an improved aerodynamic design inspired by airplane wings, Nissan now reveals. Nissan, enthusiastic about its coming offerings, throws out a play on words: "It's amazing when nothing holds you …

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BYD Lands Contract For 60 Electric Buses With Los Angeles County Metro

The City of Los Angeles is serious about its commitment to combating climate change. It is adding hundreds of electric cars to its municipal fleet and making plans that will allow low-income residents to dump their older cars with high emissions for cleaner cars. It is promoting many miles of bike paths. And the Los Angeles county public transportation system, known as the Metro, has just inked a deal with BYD to buy 60 electric buses for …

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Prototyping a pump for brain treatment

Summer Scholar Alejandro Aponte is interning in the lab of Michael J. Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering at MIT, where he is working on the design of a pump to deliver drugs to the brain. A mechanical engineering major at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Aponte has worked before developing different types of instrumentation, but this is his first time working with research related to human biology. …

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TESS mission to discover new planets moves toward launch

A NASA mission designed to explore the stars in search of planets outside of our solar system is a step closer to launch, now that its four cameras have been completed by researchers at MIT. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), due to launch in 2018, will travel through space, identifying more than 20,000 extrasolar planets. These will range from Earth-sized planets to much larger gas giants. TESS is expected to catalog a sample of around 500 …

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Angela Merkel: Don’t “Demonize” Diesel Cars

In response to the announcement by the UK government that the sale of new diesel- and petrol/gas-powered cars will be banned by 2040, a spokesperson for the German government was quoted as saying that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned many times against "demonizing" diesel cars Angela Merkel: Don't …