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Our In-Depth Interview With Cleantech Rock Star Dale Vince, Founder Of Ecotricity

Many corporations, focused on the relentless pursuit of profits, make their money at the expense of the people, and the planet. The only proper purpose of any business is to serve the society in which it operates, and to contribute to the protection of the planet we all depend on for our existence. Ecotricity, founded by Dale Vince, is almost unique amongst UK energy companies in aiming to do just that. Although it makes money, that is only a means to achieve its main aim, environmental protection. Its main method of …

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Australia’s First Offshore Wind Farm Takes Next Step Toward Reality

Australia's first offshore wind farm has taken the next step toward becoming a reality this week with Victorian-based developer Offshore Energy announcing this week that it has partnered with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop the 2 GW Star of the South offshore wind farm.

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If you plan to buy an electric car, you should do it this month

Common wisdom has it that the last few days of any calendar year are the best time to buy a car. Not only are franchised dealers and their salespeople seeking to close out the month with a bang, but it's the end of a year and their allocation of cars next year can depend on how many they sell this year. In other words: bargains may be there for...

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US Energy Bodies Unite Against Senate Tax Bill

With the Senate Republican tax bill racing towards a contentious vote despite numerous obstacles, a group of American energy trade bodies have penned an open letter raising urgent concerns that claim a provision, if it remains as-written, would have dire impacts on the country's renewable energy industry.

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Tesla’s Giant Australian Battery Is Proof That Energy Storage Is Coming of Age

Tesla built the world's biggest lithium-ion battery ahead of schedule. It's an important milestone for the technology, and Tesla itself. But is it coming at a cost to smaller players in the industry? This week on The Interchange, we'll talk about how Tesla's battery supply constraints are hitting downstream installers and developers. We'll bring GTM Staff Writer Julian Spector on the show to discuss his recent reporting on Tesla's delivery delays. Then, we'll cover some of Spector's other big …

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Life with Tesla Model S: musings on new Tesla Roadster

Like almost everyone else, I was blown away by Tesla's surprise introduction of the second-generation Roadster at the recent semi-truck reveal event. Zero to sixty in 1.9 seconds, a 620-mile range, gorgeous sleek lines, and a price of $200,000. Mind-blowing indeed. But a few of the new Roadster's numbers didn't add up for me...

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Startup Stories of 2017: Blockchain, Battery Innovations and an Acquisition Surge

We've reached a new stage in cleantech. Years after the VC bubble popped, startups are pursuing new approaches to scaling, finding customers, partnering, and raising money. Those new strategies to scaling early-stage cleantech were crystallized this year. And we're going to talk about them. This week, we recorded The Energy Gang live at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the country. We discussed a wide range of trends: the …

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Jet Fuel from Sugarcane? It’s Not a Flight of Fancy

Through genetic engineering, researchers from the University of Illinois have produced a new form of sugarcane, called lipidcane, whose leaves contain 12 percent oil, instead of the natural level of 0.05 percent. They are working to produce a variety they call energycane, with 20 percent oil. The new plant variety could produce enough oil to […] The post Jet Fuel from Sugarcane? It's Not a Flight of Fancy appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Methane Waste: New Mexico’s Multi-Million Dollar Opportunity to Increase Funding and Cut Pollution

A new analyses is taking a closer looking at the scope of New Mexico's methane problem and the financial impact is having on the state's taxpayers. We have known for some time that New Mexico had a problem with methane waste and pollution from the state's oil and gas industry. A 2015 report from business […] The post Methane Waste: New Mexico's Multi-Million Dollar Opportunity to Increase Funding and Cut Pollution appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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2018 Job Market: Heating up From Solar Jobs

Building a world that is eco-friendly requires more workers. The world is becoming more conscious about saving our planet and fixing the impacts we've made on the environment, and that means a focus on eco-friendly construction. More and more, the world is trying to steer clear of using fossil fuels to power our lives and […] The post 2018 Job Market: Heating up From Solar Jobs appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Wind Turbine Heights and Capacities Have Increased Over the Past Decade

Wind turbines in the United States have grown in both average height and capacity over the past decade, according to data on utility-scale electricity generators collected by EIA. Wind turbine capacity is based largely on the length of the blades, and taller turbines are able to not only have longer blades, but they also can take advantage […] The post Wind Turbine Heights and Capacities Have Increased Over the Past Decade appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Trump Eyes Arctic Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Alarming Gwich’in

In the remote north-eastern corner of Alaska, just under 20-million acres have been set aside as a federal protected area since 1960. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has recently come under threat, however, with President Donald Trump's Department of the Interior proposing lifting restrictions on seismic exploration. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain has been described as America's […] The post Trump Eyes Arctic Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Alarming Gwich'in appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Innovative Satellite Launched for Monitoring Global Methane and Air Quality

Last Friday, the European Space Agency Sentinel-5p satellite went into orbit above the earth. Onboard is an imaging spectrometer instrument called TROPOMI, led by SRON (Dutch Space Agency) and KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) to monitor the amount of methane, ozone and other air quality-related pollutants in the atmosphere. There has been quite a buzz […] The post Innovative Satellite Launched for Monitoring Global Methane and Air Quality appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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India’s Q2 2017 Wind Energy Addition Lowest In 2 Years

India's wind energy capacity addition during April and June 2017 fell to historic levels as the sector added less than 7% of the capacity added during the preceding quarter India's Q2 2017 Wind Energy Addition Lowest In 2 Years was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other …

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California’s solar energy grid survived the eclipse without incident

Solar power provides 10 percent of California's energy supply, which meant electric-grid operators had to be prepared for potentially disastrous effects during Monday's solar eclipse. To the surprise of many, there were no serious repercussions as the moon blocked a significant source of energy for many California utility companies. The solar...