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Tesla Supercharger Network 2018 — Plans Call For Rapid Expansion Throughout North America, Asia, Europe, & Oceania

It's been a while since we provided an update on the state of Tesla's Supercharger network, so it seemed worth giving readers an idea of just how rapidly the company is aiming to grow its network of proprietary electric vehicle superfast-charging stations over the coming months. Of course, this is all the more important and interesting as Tesla Model 3 production ramps up and the total fleet of Tesla vehicles on roads around the world grows at a quicker and quicker pace

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New Tesla Superchargers Hint At Future Of Public Charging [Hot!]

Tesla emailed approximately an hour ago that it just opened North America's largest Supercharger station ... er, two of them. What's more interesting to me is that they represent a transition into a different charging dimension. Kyle Field and I have been talking about this for a couple of years — the future of public charging needs to include more amenities, more relaxation opportunities, more commercial attractions, and just overall more ::stuff:: (forgive the consumerist language and implications here)

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Martin Rein, former professor of urban studies and planning, dies at 89

Martin Rein, professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, died on Oct. 15 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 89. Rein was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Eastern European immigrants. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1950, he got his first job as a social worker with street gangs, which triggered his lifelong interest in writing and doing research on poverty, social planning and reform, and the social work profession. He enrolled at …

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The First Step in Promoting American Nuclear and Carbon Capture? Acknowledging Climate Change

The Trump administration has been getting hammered for restricting its participation in the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany to advocating for “coal, gas, and nuclear.” But like a broken clock that's right twice a day, the Trump administration did get something correct: technologies like nuclear and carbon capture will be extremely important for limiting global warming to our 2 degree goal. …

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Letter regarding federal tax proposals and the MIT community

The following email was sent today to the MIT community by President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community: The tax legislation now pending in Congress contains several provisions that could have damaging impact on members of our community and the Institute as a whole. Because the situation is complex and fluid, I write to offer our current assessment of which provisions concern us the most and why, and to let you know that MIT is actively following developments in DC and striving …

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Ideal Power Fires Founder for Ethics Violation

Austin-based power conversion company Ideal Power fired its founder and chief technologist last week over a personal financial dealing. Bill Alexander pledged shares of company stock as collateral to secure a personal loan, in violation of Ideal's ethics policy, CEO Dan Brdar confirmed. When the deal came to light, leadership fired Alexander on November 7. The termination for cause meant Alexander did not receive severance pay, per the terms of his contract. "Your obligation as a director and an officer is …

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Donald Trump Lays Out Disastrous Energy Plan, Denies Climate Science Again

News flash: Donald Trump has proven again that he would be a disastrous President who would let our planet fry. Recently, he added further insult to existing injury, launching a jaw-dropping energy speech that defies reality. April 2016 set a record as the hottest April on record since temperatures were first recorded. …

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Paris Climate Talks In Review: Part One

Originally published on FGI Publishing. By Dr. Timothy Cadman Anatomy of the Negotiations As the citizens of France and the world mourned the loss of life in Paris in the wake of the November 13 attacks, it was troubling to note the apparent parallels between the inability of the global policy community to combat both [&hellip Paris Climate Talks In Review: Part One was originally published on …

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Renewable Energy Trends: Corporate Power Purchase Agreements

Renewable electricity power purchase agreements are looking quite attractive as a business model for corporations. Michael Evans, Baker & McKenzie associate director of communications, recently wrote about its report on the rise of renewable Power Purchase agreements by corporates. “The report itself might not be newsworthy,” he stated, “but the trend is pretty big and seems [&hellip

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NYU Divest Sit-in Has Immediate Response

The New York University Divest campaign has secured a meeting with the school's Board of Trustees after a sit-in demonstration in the administrative offices. On Wednesday, the NYU Divest campaign, made up of a coalition of students, faculty, and alumni, who are all calling on the New York University (NYU) to divest from fossil fuels, [&hellip NYU Divest Sit-in Has Immediate Response was originally …

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Tesla Model S Station Wagon Rendering — Love It or Hate It?

Rain Prisk Designs recently put together a rendering of a Tesla Model S as a station wagon. Not familiar with Raid Prisk Designs? I wasn't either. But he's apparently a 24-year-old, self-taught, Romanian designer. He used Adobe Photoshop photo editing software and Wacom Bamboo pens for the very professional-looking design below. Aside from the wheels, I think it looks [&hellip Tesla Model S …

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WaterSmart Reduces Costs & Increases Satisfaction Ratings By 36%

An in-house survey of customers has found that WaterSmart increased water utility satisfaction ratings by 36%. WaterSmart is a “leading water utility customer engagement platform” working with United States water utilities to better communicate with residential customers, helping them save water, energy, and money, while also making life easier for utilities. Water utilities and suppliers [&hellip

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TerraForm Power Acquires 930 MW Of Wind Power Plants From Invenergy

TerraForm Power, SunEdison's primary yieldco, has announced the acquisition of 930 MW of wind power plants from energy company Invenergy Wind. TerraForm Power was set up last year with the sole intention of owning and operating clean energy power generation assets acquired from its parent company, SunEdison, or other acquisitions. Fulfilling that purpose, TerraForm Power [&hellip

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Trina Solar Announces Restructuring, Splits Company In Two

Leading China-based solar PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has announced it is restructuring the company by splitting it into two separate units. It has been an interesting week for Trina Solar, after first receiving a buyout offer from the company's own Chairman and Chief Executive, before then seeing its stock prices jump as a result of [&hellip Trina Solar Announces Restructuring, …

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Texas Wind Energy Gaining Ground At Expensive Of Coal

Texas has set yet another record wind generating day in a long string of such days, reaching 12.97 GW on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), wind turbines in Texas set a state-record for wind generated electricity of 12.97 GW. The record was one of many [&hellip Texas Wind Energy Gaining Ground At Expensive Of …

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Four MIT faculty named 2015 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

Four MIT faculty members have been named 2015 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI): Angela M. Belcher is the James Mason Crafts Professor Department of Material Science and Engineering and Department of Biological Engineering in the School of Engineering and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Her lab seeks to understand and harness nature's own processes in order to design technologically important …

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Iberdrola USA and UIL Merge to Form Utility Giant Avangrid

Iberdrola USA finalized its acquisition of UIL Holdings this week to create a new company, Avangrid, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange as AGR. Iberdrola bought UIL for about $3 billion to offset losses closer to home in Europe, according to Reuters. Avangrid has about $30 billion in assets across 25 states. Regulated distribution utilities, like the ones UIL owns, …