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The Inconvenient Truth About Renewables and Storage Lurking in Lazard’s Latest Cost Analysis

Financial advisory firm Lazard is out with its eleventh annual levelized cost of energy analysis. It shows renewable energy costs continue to inch ahead of conventional generation. But the data is also a reality check. While wind and utility-scale PV can now outcompete almost any conventional generation source, including combined-cycle gas in some cases, the report also revealed that cost improvements for these …

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The Digitalization of Energy: A $500B Opportunity in EVs and Demand Response

The International Energy Agency has released its latest report on “digitalizing” the world's key industries, with a focus on the electricity sector. The report includes some long-range projections for how much the world will need to invest in “smart” demand response, renewable energy integration and electric vehicle charging over the next two decades or so -- and how many hundreds of billions of dollars that could save us. Monday's report, titled

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How to build better silk

When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite efforts to synthesize the material, artificial varieties still cannot match the natural fiber's strength. But by starting with silk produced by silkworms, breaking it down chemically, and then reassembling it, engineers have found they can make a material that is more than twice as stiff as its natural counterpart and can be shaped into complex structures such as meshes and …

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Electric cars taking over cities, industry executives weigh-in, a plug-in hybrid Range Rover: Today’s Car News

Today, Fiat-Chrysler's outspoken CEO casts doubt on electric cars, while Oxford in the U.K. and Los Angeles are betting big on going gas- and diesel-free. Talk about contradictory. All this and more on Green Car Reports. General Motors' CEO had her own things to say about electric cars. Toyota is starting to test a semi with powertrain derived...

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Waymo Aims To Launch Self-Driving Ride Service Before Year’s End

There is intense competition to be the first company to market with a fully autonomous, driverless ride-sharing service, and if the news that The Information recently dropped is accurate, then Google/Alphabet-owned Waymo will be offering one imminently. Waymo Aims To Launch Self-Driving Ride Service Before Year's End was originally published on

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Sonnen Brings Its Virtual Power Plant to the US With a 2,900 Home Project

In Germany, startup Sonnen has built a nationwide shadow utility of networked home solar and storage systems. But when it arrived in the U.S., the policy landscape made that grand vision impractical to replicate. After a few years of selling energy storage as a premium alternative to the early home battery contenders, the company has now compiled a landmark deal that will singlehandedly dwarf the residential market, such as it is. Lacking the deregulation that gave Sonnen access to the wires in Germany, the …

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NASA pinpoints cause of Earth’s recent record carbon dioxide spike

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El Nino — one of the largest on record — was responsible, but exactly how has been a subject of ongoing research. Analyzing the first 28 months of data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, researchers conclude impacts of El Nino-related heat and drought occurring in …

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Drunk Driving Laws Should Be Reformed For People In Autonomous Cars

Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while in charge of a vehicle is rightly considered a big no-no. It's dangerous and puts lives at risk. But what if the vehicle was autonomously driving itself, and you're technically just a passenger Drunk Driving Laws Should Be Reformed For People In Autonomous Cars was originally published on

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Los Angeles Metro orders 100 electric buses

As part of its bid to go green, America's second-largest bus system has placed an order for up to 100 New Flyer Xcelsior Charge all-electric buses. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has ordered 35 buses and has the option to purchase an additional 65. DON'T MISS: LA Metro uses BYD's electric buses L.A.'s new...

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Oxford aims to be world’s first zero-emissions city

The college town of Oxford, England, is poised to become the first municipality in the United Kingdom to ban gasoline and diesel-fueled cars from its city center. A proposal headed to the Oxford City Council has four stages that would culminate in a city free of vehicular emissions by 2035. Initially, the city hopes to ban gas and diesel cars...

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A New Missouri Coalition Wants To Bring A Hyperloop Route To Town

A public-private partnership has been formed with the aim of assessing the feasibility of building a Hyperloop route between Kansas City and St Louis. A New Missouri Coalition Wants To Bring A Hyperloop Route To Town was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other …

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GM’s Barra backpedals from “mandated” electric car statement

General Motors CEO Mary Barra appeared Tuesday to walk back from earlier statements that China would be artificially creating demand by mandating electric cars in the future. “Clearly we believe that the Chinese market will have the highest electric vehicles most quickly because of the regulatory environment,” she said, according to...

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Ohio Explores Perspectives, Opportunities for Modernizing the Electric Grid

Just think about the number of interactions we have with electricity each day – from our alarm clocks to our toasters to our smart phones and the lights in our homes and offices. Electricity is undeniably important to our lives and our economy. And unprecedented energy innovation has created the opportunity to build a smarter, […] The post Ohio Explores Perspectives, Opportunities for Modernizing the Electric Grid appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Australia’s New Energy White Paper Proves Government’s Head Is In The Sand

A white paper published by the Australian Government's ministry for Industry and Science last week has come under heavy criticism across the spectrum for its heavy focus on fossil fuels, and almost total relegation of renewable energy as a priority. The white paper was intended to drive “competitively priced and reliable energy supplies by promoting Australia's New Energy White …