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2nd Round: Control CleanTechnica

A little while back, I published a new CleanTechnica reader survey. As stated then, we take these very seriously, and use the responses to help guide the site. So, if you are interested in having your opinion heard, please spend a few moments to complete the survey via this link or the embedded option below. Create your [&hellip 2nd Round: Control CleanTechnica was originally published on

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Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.read more

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Recharge Wrap-up: First EV to attempt Dakar Rally, Mazda makes bioplastic parts

Filed under: at the US Energy Information Administration website.Toyota will be using landfill gas to help power its Kentucky manufacturing facility. Beginning in 2015, Toyota's Georgetown assembly plant will use electricity converted from landfill-sourced methane gas from Waste Services of the Bluegrass. It will provide enough energy to produce 10,000 vehicles each year. Plus it diverts methane - a greenhouse gas - from entering the …

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A Super-Strong and Lightweight New Material

MAIN IMAGE: Tiny trusses: A scanning electron microscope image of the new material reveals its ceramic nano-lattices. Nanostructured ceramics could be used to build lighter, stronger airplanes and batteries. Why It Matters The energy efficiency of aircraft, cars, and batteries depends heavily on the weight of the materials used to make them. A new type of material, made up of nanoscale struts crisscrossed like the struts of a tiny Eiffel Tower, is one of the strongest and lightest substances ever made. If researchers can figure …

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Study: Has the auto industry hit peak hybrid?

Filed under: Hybrids are known for their great fuel economy and low emissions, but it looks like given current market conditions, only about three percent of new car consumers are willing to pay the premium for them. A new study from IHS/Polk finds that the hybrid market share among overall US auto sales are falling, despite more models with the …

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A Solar Permit Slowdown Is Chilling Oahu’s Installer Market

An established Oahu-based solar installer told Greentech Media this week, "We're taking in more signed contracts in volume than we have in our history, but we're installing less than we ever have." While residential solar remains a strong growth business on the mainland, the solar business on Hawaii's most populated island, Oahu, is in decline -- despite falling installation costs and new financing options. As the installer mentioned, it's not for lack of consumer demand. Here's a chart of PV …

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How Car Sharing Changes The Ways We Live

Ten years ago, car sharing as a business barely existed outside of the Boston area. Today though, car sharing services are taking a bite out of new car sales and giving a whole generation the ability to forgo car ownership, without sacrificing mobility. But why has car sharing grown so popular in just the past few years? Street Blog USA reports that there are a multitude of factors …

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Warren Buffett Investing $15 Billion More Into Renewables

The Warren Buffet cash-train appears to still have more on it for renewables, based on recent statements made by the mega-investor. While making a speech at a conference in Las Vegas earlier this week, Buffet made the comment that while his Berkshire Hathaway investment house had already invested around $15 billion into the clean energy sector there was “another $15 billion ready to go, as far as I'm concerned.” Not an insignificant amount of money. And considering that Buffet is already one …

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Are the Semantics of Climate Change Assessments Fooling Us?

The 1990 IPCC report contains warnings about effects of climate change in its “Summary for Policymakers” (which is great, because how many policymakers read the whole report?), but when the document is read more thoroughly, the language weakens the urgency for climate change action.read more

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Ohio Utilities Try End Runs Around Capacity Competition

Two Ohio utilities are pursuing state and federal regulatory actions to help make their coal and nuclear plants more competitive. FirstEnergy has filed a complaint asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to void May's capacity auction by grid operator PJM Interconnection to the extent that it includes demand response. Demand response satisfies electricity needs at …