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What will happen to US fuel-economy rules to 2025? Take our Twitter poll

Even the automaker lobbying group didn't go this far in their complaints about emission and fuel-economy rules for vehicles in the 2022 through 2025 model years. When the Obama Administration approved final EPA emission rules for those years, the automakers complained that the comment period had been cut short. They didn't seriously suggest that...

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Bosch Expects €2 Billion In Annual Sales Of Semi-Autonomous Driving Systems By 2019

The largest auto parts supplier in the world, Bosch, will see its annual sales of semi-autonomous "driver assistance" tech total €2 billion as soon as 2019, company execs have predicted Bosch Expects €2 Billion In Annual Sales Of Semi-Autonomous Driving Systems By 2019 was originally published on CleanTechnica. …

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Mosaic Will Sell $300 Million of Solar Loans to Goldman Sachs

Solar loan provider Mosaic reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs in which the bank will buy $300 million in loans over time. This deal will clear up space on Mosaic's balance sheet to finance more loans, and signals a prestigious bank's willingness to buy and own solar loans for itself. Mosaic this week also finalized a partnership with Wave Solar to give Mosaic's dealer partners a pre-negotiated discount on the lead generation platform. That service tracks and analyzes interactions with customers, …

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Latest Tesla referral programs draw new CA dealer lobby complaint

Tesla has once again ruffled the feathers of the California New Car Dealers Association with a new round of referral programs. The Silicon Valley automaker has used referral programs for years; they usually provide perks for current owners who get get friends, coworkers, and colleagues to buy a new Tesla vehicle. The dealer association has now...

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GE Unveils a Bigger, Better Onshore Turbine Aimed at European Customers

General Electric's latest turbine release reaffirms the wind industry's leading trend: the bigger the turbine, the better. On Tuesday the company unveiled its 4.8-megawatt turbine, with a rotor diameter of 158 meters, the length of a Boeing-747. The turbine will be among the largest on the market, but likely not for long. “This is a much larger turbine than what's typically out there,” said Aaron Barr, a senior consultant with MAKE Consulting. “This new class of 4-megawatt turbines has really just hit the …

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Trends Shaping the Energy Storage Inverter Market: Falling Prices, Fragmentation, New Features

Inverters are critical to energy storage operation. As the “brains” of a storage project, inverters manage, optimize and ultimately drive project performance and returns. Yet the landscape for energy storage inverters remains nascent and fragmented, full of new products with varying applications and functionality. In a new report, The Energy Storage Inverter …

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Tough Audi decision alleged: diesel-emission gear or profitable high-end audio systems?

Although it's not been in U.S. news much lately, the VW diesel scandal continues to unfold in Germany, as prosecutors continue their investigations over whether criminal acts were committed under German law. That doesn't mean U.S. investigations have finished, however. Last week's arrest in Germany of a former Audi executive, Zacchio Giovanni...

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Virtual Power Plants: Ready to Serve a Grid Near You

It's been almost a decade since German utility RWE piloted one of the first virtual power plants (VPP) made up of nine small hydro facilities networked to deliver power to the transmission grid. The world of VPPs has evolved considerably since then. To provide VPP services to the transmission grid, aggregators now draw on a diverse mix of distributed energy resources -- storage, demand response, renewables, microgrids -- from various commercial and residential services. And utilities are warming to the …

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Chevy Bolt EV plant shutdown extended, due to slow Sonic sales

One of the biggest tests of an automaker's discipline is what it does when sales start to ebb and inventories of unsold cars swell. Does it keep the production lines churning, and dial up its incentives to keep new-vehicle deliveries flowing? Or does it prioritize profitability and suspend production until inventories are back where they should...

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Europe, Once the Bastion of Feed-in Tariffs, Now Leads the World in Solar Auctions

According to the latest Global Solar Demand Monitor, GTM Research is now tracking 17.4 gigawatts of confirmed solar PV tenders in auctions across the globe. The report highlights that 9.6 gigawatts will be awarded in the third quarter of 2017 alone. With 8.1 gigawatts confirmed, Europe leads as the region with the greatest share of tendered solar PV. South Asia, led by India, ranks second with 5 …

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NASA selects three from MIT for astronaut training

When asked, “What do I have to do to become an astronaut?” MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing David Mindell says he semi-seriously responds, “Go get a degree from MIT.” It certainly seems that advice has merit: Last week, NASA announced it had added three MIT alumni — including …

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Report Finds that ARPA-E is Working, While Trump Seeks to Shut it Down

A new report finds that ARPA-E, the Energy Department program for cutting-edge energy technologies, is succeeding at what it was created to do under the George W. Bush administration -- even as the current administration seeks to zero out its funding. On Tuesday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released the results of a joint study that finds ARPA-E is meeting the goals of the 2007 law that …

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Proterra Nets $55 Million From BMW i Ventures and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management

Electric busmaker Proterra closed a $55 million funding round with new investors BMW i Ventures and Al Gore's Generation Investment Management. The company raised a $140 million Series E just six months ago to build a second EV bus factory, now up and running in Los Angeles. The latest round is smaller, at $55 million, with the primary goal of forging new strategic alliances, said VP of …

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Interview with David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor Shell: “Net Zero Emissions Are Achievable. The Timing is Challenging”

EU climate and energy policy is “reasonably effective”, but it could achieve more if it focused purely on reducing CO2-emissions, says David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor at Shell, in an interview with Energy Post. “There are too many goals and targets.” Hone also argues that first generation biofuels are needed to make advanced biofuels […] The post Interview with David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor Shell: “Net Zero Emissions Are Achievable. The Timing is Challenging” appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Coal Mining: Jobs to Die For?

For every one to two jobs a non miner dies each year. If you open the papers it seems like the current administration thinks that coal is the next hot thing. As Governor Schwarzenegger put it, this is a bit like getting excited about the comeback of Blockbuster VHS rentals. There are lots of promises […] The post Coal Mining: Jobs to Die For? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Is This The First Sign Of A U.S., Chinese Solar War?

After a banner year for solar power installation in the United States, reports on the progress of solar power in the first quarter of 2017 have industry advocates hopeful that renewable energy will continue to grow throughout the year, despite competition from fossil fuels, U.S. government support for traditional energy sources and resistance towards cheap […] The post Is This The First Sign Of A U.S., Chinese Solar War? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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California Energy Efficiency: Good Intentions, Poor Results

The energy efficiency industry in California is tangled with regulation. Without a doubt, there are many policies that have been successful. California's strict building codes have reduced energy use per capita and are responsible for eliminating the need to build 15-20 new power plants over the last 30 years. This is a great result and […] The post California Energy Efficiency: Good Intentions, Poor Results appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Lightbridge Gaining Momentum In Drive to Commercialize Fuel

I received a pleasant surprise near the end of May while performing a spot check of my modest portfolio of individual stocks. Lightbridge (NASDAQ: LTBR), a holding that hasn't performed well for several years, had nearly doubled since my check a week before. Since then it has ratcheted up another 20% or so. My online […] The post Lightbridge Gaining Momentum In Drive to Commercialize Fuel appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article