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Parts order for Tesla Model 3 cut by 40 percent starting in December: report

Relatively few auto-company CEOs would publicly mention sleeping on the roof of one of their factory buildings. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not like most other chief executives of auto companies. Most also don't break news via tweet, for instance. A tweet by Musk Thursday evening referred to the eighth circle of Hell and suggested he'd slept on the...

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What Superstorm Sandy Taught Consolidated Edison, Five Years On

At 8:12 pm on the night Superstorm Sandy hit Manhattan, the plant manager at Consolidated Edison's East River substation, Michael Brown, was on a planning call in his fifth floor office when a light blue arc of electricity from a circuit breaker flashed in the sky. It extended from the station all the way across FDR Drive to the fast-rising river. “I was pretty much speechless,” said Brown, standing outside the plant five years later. “If I wasn't here to see it -- I wouldn't believe it.” Minutes …

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GE Locks Down Major Grid Data Deal With Exelon’s Utilities

GE's companywide earnings fell short of expectations last week, but its digital grid business keeps on growing. Descended from Thomas Edison's electrical appliance enterprise, GE still has its fingers in a nearly unfathomable number of pies. It still leads in conventional power applications, like wind turbines and gas generators, but it's also been building out Predix, an industrial internet-of-things business that …

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15 Firms Leading the Way on Energy Blockchain

This week a South African blockchain startup called Sun Exchange raised $1.6 million in seed funding to launch a peer-to-peer solar energy trading platform. It is hardly unique, though. Recent weeks have seen new blockchain-based energy hopefuls cropping up like mushrooms after the rain. Here are 15 of the top names making headlines. Conjoule

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VW targets Tesla with both barrels, views electric-car maker as important rival

The list of people and companies who want to be or want to make the "Tesla Fighter" is long and storied. Volkswagen has had some good things to say about the California-based electric-car maker, but it's also been working to take on the world's most lauded EV company. During a panel discussion in Germany last week, VW CEO Matthias Müller made...

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Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition’s climate goat

Tony Abbott's continuing impact on climate policy – which he this week compared to goat sacrificing – is undeniable. Malcolm Turnbull, meanwhile, is unable – or unwilling – to move. Short of sacrificing this particular climate goat, he will continue to defend the indefensible.

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Economics, Not Regulations, Are Waging a War on Coal

Speaking in Hazard, Kentucky on Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the Trump administration would begin the official process to roll back President Barack Obama's signature Clean Power Plan. “It was wrong for the last administration to declare a war on coal, and it's right for this administration to say the war is over,” he said. “It's good for eastern Kentucky to hear that, …

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The art and science of polymer chemistry

As a sophomore at Washington University, Jeremiah Johnson was offered a choice of three work-study jobs: checking IDs at the athletic center, working the circulation desk at the library, or washing glassware in a chemistry lab. The latter sounded the most interesting, so he ended up working in the lab of Karen Wooley, a well-known polymer chemist. “I spent a month or two washing the glassware, but I was watching the students in the lab and would ask what they were doing,” Johnson says. “Eventually I asked Karen if it …

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Tesla Model 3 Production Hurdles Trigger Anti-Tesla Hyperventilation (Round #17)

As I was editing this fresh article from Steve Hanley, I rolled up to the end and this line triggered the article I'm typing up right now Tesla Model 3 Production Hurdles Trigger Anti-Tesla Hyperventilation (Round #17) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join …

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The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground

One advantage of electric cars is that unlike gasoline or steam cars, they have no emissions. More than a century ago, that was why the U.S. Capitol acquired two custom-built electric cars, nicknamed "Tommy" and "Peggy." They were built by Studebaker, an early and hallowed U.S. car brand that finally folded up shop in 1965. DON'T MISS: Electric...