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Volkswagen Exec Oliver Schmidt Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison & Fined $400,000

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt — the head of the company's environmental and engineering office (overseeing emissions issues) in Auburn Hills, Michigan, until early 2015 — has been sentenced to 7 years in prison and fined $400,000 for his part in defrauding US regulators regarding the company's diesel vehicle emissions

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US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Energy Efficiency Restrictions

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has this week rejected a proposal filed earlier this year by PHM Interconnection seeking permission to restrict energy efficiency resources from entering the wholesale market, a move which has been praised by energy efficiency proponents.

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Bitcoin Mining Operations Now Use More Energy Than Ireland

It's been a big week for Bitcoin. The price of one bitcoin hit $13,000 on Wednesday, marking a 1,200 percent increase in value this year. The price of Bitcoin isn't the only thing rising. The energy used to "mine" the cryptocurrency is also skyrocketing -- and people are getting worried. The Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index …

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Bertrand Piccard’s New Idea To Drive The Energy Transition Forward

Following the success of the first ever solar flight around the world, the famous pilot Bertrand Piccard has officially launched the second phase of its action  -- the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions  --  with the goal of selecting 1000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, and bring them to decision makers at COP24 to encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

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US Energy Storage Deployments Up 46 Percent Annually in Q3 2017

According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), 41.8 megawatts of energy storage were deployed across the U.S. in the third quarter of 2017. This represents 46 percent year-over-year growth and 10 percent growth over the second quarter of the year. Source: GTM Research / ESA

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Why Mergers and Acquisitions Will Define the Distributed Energy Boom

We're in the middle of a boom in utility mergers and acquisitions. The biggest power companies in the world are scrambling to buy up new startups in order to stay at the forefront of the distributed energy transition -- and they're spending billions of dollars in the process. Total annual investments in distributed energy companies by European and North American utilities more than tripled between 2010 and 2016, according to data compiled by GTM Research. In total, utilities invested $2.9 billion in 130 …

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USTR Panel Shows Interest in Solar Tariff Alternative

A divided U.S. solar industry had its last chance to sway President Trump's decision on solar tariffs at a hearing in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. More than 60 witnesses testified in a cramped conference room at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) during a final, eight-hour public hearing on the Section 201 trade case. The USTR is tasked with advising the president on how to handle the

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Open-source entrepreneurship

Open-source software is free software whose underlying code, or “source code,” is also freely available. Open-source development projects often involve hundreds or even thousands of volunteer coders scattered around the globe. Some of the best known are the Linux operating system, the Firefox web browser, and the WordPress blogging platform. This past spring, MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science Saman Amarasinghe offered 6S194 (Open-Source Entrepreneurship), a new undergraduate course on …

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700,000 Tesla Model 3s Annually Just About Right, Says Musk

During a conference call on Monday with financial analysts to discuss a new bond offering, CEO Elon Musk let slip that his original estimate of annual Tesla Model 3 totals was about 200,000 short --- now he's saying that the all-electric car company will likely produce 700,000 units of the Model 3 annually one day

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Air Pollution Ranking In 32 Cities — How Does Yours Measure Up?

As we revealed in our previous article, air pollution is a serious problem that costs millions of lives each year and is a drain on the world economy. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution is now a bigger health threat than HIV and Ebola. You might now be wondering how your own city measures up against others from around the world, where it sits in the rankings, and what the health effects of air pollution might be

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In Rotterdam, Nissan e-NV200 = €5,000

GAS2. We already know that generous tax benefits and access to bus and HOV lanes can help make electric cars the best-selling vehicles in a region. In Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, the combined local and national incentives for EVs allow business owners to buy a Nissan e-NV200 electric van for €5,000, In Rotterdam, Nissan e-NV200 = €5,000 was originally published on

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Altaeros BAT airborne wind generation: behind the hype

Altaeros and their airborne blimp wind generator have benefited from a reasonable amount of press over the past few weeks. They had asked CleanTechnica to provide coverage as well, but when pressed for more details on the technology, were unwilling to provide them. The airborne wind energy space was given overview coverage in CleanTechnica a …

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Envisioning An Innovative Local Electric Utility

Laboring to keep more of its energy dollars at home, community members in Boulder, CO, decided that they needed some numbers behind their vision of a cleaner energy utility. Listen in to hear Ken Regelson describe how the remarkable results of Boulder's citizen-driven energy model have given them power to stand up to the incumbent electric monopoly with a vision for a 21st century clean energy system. ILSR's Director of Democratic Energy, John Farrell, interviewed Ken via Skype (apologies for the random construction …

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The DELIVER Electric Van Is A Sci-Fi Package Shipper

Editor's Note: Sports cars and crossovers are what tend to excite normal people, but I know that many of our readers are more excited by practical vehicles such as electric buses and electric vans. Here's an interesting one that looks to me as if it's out of Robocop. With more capacity than a comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered van, innovative driver features, and big fuel cost savings certain, it seems like this electric van could be a winner. Let's hope it gets manufactured and there aren't any significant issues …