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Global Warming Is Going To Demolish Economies & Societies

We had an article last week about the threat to the Florida real estate market that is coming our way from continued heating of the globe, rising sea levels, increased flooding, and stronger storms slamming the coast. Some comments under the article highlighted that such threats persist along vast US coastlines as well as coastlines across the world — it's not just Florida. The fact of the matter is, humans have long settled close to seas, rivers, oceans, gulfs, and bays — and many of the world's most populated and economically …

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2019 Chevy Silverado: how a big, thirsty pickup gets more fuel-efficient

The highest-volume vehicle GM sells in North America is a full-size pickup truck—one that likely also contributes outsize profits from each of its hundreds of thousands of units. So the launch of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night before the Detroit auto show was a big deal for the company. Like every other new vehicle for a new...

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9 Down, 1 To Go — A Personal Tale Of 7 Years With Electric Cars

My lease is up. My BMW i3 — my snappy and ugly duckling — has been returned to AVIS. There was a waiting line, so no chance of extending the lease. I have a reservation for the Tesla Model 3 due to be delivered by the end of the year. So, while I ponder on what to do next, let me recap which EVs I have experienced in the last 7 years. Luckily I have a bunch of electric bikes (some hand-built) that I can ride in the meantime, and I promise you they are nothing you would expect — but that's another story

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Electric cars will fail, but we’ll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles, due to the...

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China Sitting Pretty To Dominate New Clean Energy Future, Claims IEEFA

With the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, China has solidified its position as the dominant global clean energy powerhouse in 2017, and is set to lead the way in clean energy which is expected to lead the way in global power capacity additions for at least the next two decades.

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South Australia Approves World’s Largest Single-Tower Thermal Solar Plant

The state of South Australia has announced approval for the construction of the world's largest single-tower solar thermal plant to be built near Port Augusta, a 150 megawatt beast that, in the wake of the successful development of the world's largest Li-ion battery, serves to solidify South Austalia's role as a world leader in renewable energy.

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Half of global auto executives say electric cars will fail. Here’s why: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles due to the infrastructure...

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Workhorse expands $1,000 preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup from fleets to public for $1,000

After $300 million in claimed fleet preorders for its plug-in hybrid pickup truck, Workhorse will open its order books for everyone to claim a spot in the production schedule. The Workhorse W-15 will be the first publicly available vehicle from a company that began its electrification journey more than 10 years ago. It features 80 miles of...

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For 2018, only a dozen diesel vehicles on sale in U.S. (guess who has most)

With the permanent end of diesel sales in the U.S. by three VW Group brands—Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche—the number of diesel passenger cars and light trucks has plummeted. In fact, for the 2018 model year thus far, there are only 11 basic models listed in an annual publication issued by the EPA, along with a handful more certified...

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A Victory for Competitive Markets, and Advanced Energy, as FERC Rejects DoE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins Serious Look at Grid Resilience

On Monday, FERC issued its long-awaited final order on the grid resilience docket. In a clear repudiation of Secretary Perry, who issued the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FERC closed the docket on the DOE NOPR, opting to not take any action. The Secretary, along with major coal companies, stated the belief that there was […] The post A Victory for Competitive Markets, and Advanced Energy, as FERC Rejects DoE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins Serious Look at Grid Resilience appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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During Recent Cold Snap, the U.S. Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage

During the recent cold weather event that affected much of the eastern United States, more natural gas was withdrawn from storage fields around the country than at any other point in history. Net withdrawals from natural gas storage totaled 359 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 5, 2018, exceeding the previous record […] The post During Recent Cold Snap, the U.S. Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Proposed Changes to Energy Conservation Standards Program for Appliances

When the Trump administration took office almost a year ago, one oft repeated promise was to remove and reduce regulations across the board– though environmental and energy regulations were frequently called out specifically. Whether it was in an attempt to boost American oil and coal industries or make complying with environmental regulations for facilities in […] The post Proposed Changes to Energy Conservation Standards Program for Appliances appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Pennsylvania Suspends Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction, Citing Sunoco’s ‘Egregious and Willful’ Violations

Pennsylvania today suspended permits for Sunoco Pipeline, LP‘s $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline project, after finding that the company committed “egregious and willful violations” of state laws. The order directs Sunoco, a subsidiary of Dakota Access pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners, to stop Mariner East 2 construction activities across Pennsylvania. The 306-mile pipeline project would carry 275,000 barrels a […] The post Pennsylvania Suspends Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction, Citing Sunoco's ‘Egregious and …

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A Hand Writing on the Wall for Natural Gas

We have seen the fall of coal. The Dow Jones Coal Index, which stood at over 723 at its high in 2008, was down over 94% to 41.36 on December 8. Just as telling, all of the companies that were its components in 2008 have disappeared. There is now only one company in the index, and it is new, cobbled together out of the wreckage of those that once were

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Ecotricity & Rolec EV Launch “The Fully Charged Bundle” — Comprehensive EV Charging Package

The UK-based renewable energy electricity supplier Ecotricity and the electric vehicle (EV) charging station manufacturer Rolec EV have partnered to launch a new comprehensive EV charging bundle for customers, according to a new press release

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Toyota and FuelCell Energy Plan to Build a Giant Renewable Power and Hydrogen Plant

Toyota and FuelCell Energy are taking a gamble on the world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel-cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach, California. The Tri-Gen plant, built by FuelCell Energy and expected online in 2020, will produce 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day to support Toyota's hydrogen-fueled Mirai sedans and new heavy-duty trucks coming through the port. Power produced from the project will also be sold back to the state's grid, …