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California Sets New Rules for Community Choice Aggregators

Community choice aggregators, or CCAs, have become a force that cannot be ignored. In California, CCAs are cities or counties that have taken over key aspects of their own electricity and natural gas procurement, distribution and sales from one of the state's three big investor-owned utilities. From a slow start in 2010, the ranks of CCAs have grown to include eight operational …

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What will get more people to consider electric cars? Twitter poll results

Just shy of 200,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. last year, their seventh year on sale. That's the highest number yet, but still just a little more than 1 percent of the market. And it's far from clear that the general car-buying public at large is aware that electric vehicles exist, much less that they're viable and practical...

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Automotive Media Is Loving The Tesla Model 3

With Model 3 deliveries becoming a bit more common, media outlets are finally getting their hands on Tesla's most-anticipated car. Back in July, Motor Trend called it "the most important car of the century" in Model 3's one-and-only published review. Since then, Tesla hasn't been releasing test cars to the press. Automotive journalists (like reservation holders) have been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to step on the gas... uh, I mean accelerator

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New Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van set for European debut

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial van launched today, the later generation of the successful delivery vehicle, and an electric version will enter production in 2019. It will debut initially in European markets, and might possibly make its way to North America—maybe. The eSprinter will borrow the electric powertrain from the eVito...

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2 Minutes To Midnight — Doomsday Clock Moves Forward Again Thanks To Climate Change, Institutional Collapse, & Nuclear Politics

The so-called Doomsday Clock, which was created and is maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as a way of communicating to the public the dangers facing the world, is now at just two minutes to midnight -- following an update that moved the clock hands forward 30 seconds

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So You’ve Decided to Write a Blockchain Energy Whitepaper. Why Should We Believe You?

In search of opportunity, blockchain entrepreneurs tend to hunt for one or more targets: Traditional legacy institutions taking “tolls” on transactions Costly inefficiencies arising out processes or markets that are complex and distributed Atomizing ownership of assets, from the tangible (barrels of oil) to the intangible (carbon credits) Pickings are easy in the energy industry, as this list could be applied to nearly every aspect of energy generation, transmission and …

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Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his next green car: low cost

When marketing executive Chris Baccus leased a 2015 Fiat 500e three years ago, he intended to keep his 2007 BMW 335i as a "fun car," and use the electric Fiat just for commuting. Within six months, he'd sold the BMW altogether. Part of his interest in the Fiat, he admitted, came from an article about a group of race-car enthusiasts who...

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Atomic Fission Offers a Path That Addresses Climate Change Without Making Ugly Tradeoffs

Atomic fission is an abundant, natural source of heat from materials that have few competing uses. The heat released by completely fissioning actinide source materials like uranium, thorium or plutonium is 1-10 million times as much as burning the same mass of typical combustible materials. That energy dense fuel reduces the complexity and operational importance […] The post Atomic Fission Offers a Path That Addresses Climate Change Without Making Ugly Tradeoffs appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline …

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GB Capacity Market: No Place at the Table for New Generation

On the eve of the four-years-ahead electricity Capacity Market auction in Britain, power plant developers are hoping that there will be a place for them at the table. The data suggest that they could be disappointed again this year. The Capacity Market is intended to ensure there is enough generation capacity to meet the demand […] The post GB Capacity Market: No Place at the Table for New Generation appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Monthly Crude Oil Production Exceeds 10 Million Barrels Per Day, Highest Since 1970

U.S. crude oil production reached 10.038 million barrels per day (b/d) in November 2017, according to EIA's latest Petroleum Supply Monthly. November's production is the first time since 1970 that monthly U.S. production levels surpassed 10 million b/d and the second-highest U.S. monthly oil production value ever, just below the November 1970 production value of 10.044 […] The post U.S. Monthly Crude Oil Production Exceeds 10 Million Barrels Per Day, Highest Since 1970 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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Arizona Regulator Proposes Biggest Storage and Clean Energy Target Yet

Arizona is setting out to prove clean energy leadership doesn't exist solely in coastal states like California and New York. Andrew Tobin, a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, proposed a clean energy overhaul Tuesday that would put the state at the front of the pack. The Energy Standard Modernization Plan aims to produce one of the cleanest energy mixes in the nation, while lowering prices for consumers and improving grid reliability. That means not only tackling the issue of clean baseload …

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Scotland power boss: Peak charging could cause grid problems

Vastly greater numbers of electric cars on United Kingdom roads could pose problems for the power supplies used to recharge them—if, that is, they all plug in during the day. Frank Mitchell, head of SP Energy Networks a unit of ScottishPower, said a rush to electric cars in the U.K. could burden the power grid if owners opt to charge those...

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California Governor Signs Executive Order Meant To Increase EV Sales

Following the signing of a new executive order by California Governor Jerry Brown, the official target for all-electric vehicle sales in the state is now: 5 million by 2030. That… California Governor Signs Executive Order Meant To Increase EV Sales was originally published on EV Obsession.