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Electric cars will fail, but we’ll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles, due to the...

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China Sitting Pretty To Dominate New Clean Energy Future, Claims IEEFA

With the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, China has solidified its position as the dominant global clean energy powerhouse in 2017, and is set to lead the way in clean energy which is expected to lead the way in global power capacity additions for at least the next two decades.

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South Australia Approves World’s Largest Single-Tower Thermal Solar Plant

The state of South Australia has announced approval for the construction of the world's largest single-tower solar thermal plant to be built near Port Augusta, a 150 megawatt beast that, in the wake of the successful development of the world's largest Li-ion battery, serves to solidify South Austalia's role as a world leader in renewable energy.

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Half of global auto executives say electric cars will fail. Here’s why: KPMG

Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand. Those executives believe electric cars will eventually be leapfrogged by fuel-cell vehicles due to the infrastructure...

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Workhorse expands $1,000 preorders for plug-in hybrid pickup from fleets to public for $1,000

After $300 million in claimed fleet preorders for its plug-in hybrid pickup truck, Workhorse will open its order books for everyone to claim a spot in the production schedule. The Workhorse W-15 will be the first publicly available vehicle from a company that began its electrification journey more than 10 years ago. It features 80 miles of...

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For 2018, only a dozen diesel vehicles on sale in U.S. (guess who has most)

With the permanent end of diesel sales in the U.S. by three VW Group brands—Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche—the number of diesel passenger cars and light trucks has plummeted. In fact, for the 2018 model year thus far, there are only 11 basic models listed in an annual publication issued by the EPA, along with a handful more certified...

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A Victory for Competitive Markets, and Advanced Energy, as FERC Rejects DoE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins Serious Look at Grid Resilience

On Monday, FERC issued its long-awaited final order on the grid resilience docket. In a clear repudiation of Secretary Perry, who issued the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FERC closed the docket on the DOE NOPR, opting to not take any action. The Secretary, along with major coal companies, stated the belief that there was […] The post A Victory for Competitive Markets, and Advanced Energy, as FERC Rejects DoE Coal, Nuke Bailout and Begins Serious Look at Grid Resilience appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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During Recent Cold Snap, the U.S. Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage

During the recent cold weather event that affected much of the eastern United States, more natural gas was withdrawn from storage fields around the country than at any other point in history. Net withdrawals from natural gas storage totaled 359 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 5, 2018, exceeding the previous record […] The post During Recent Cold Snap, the U.S. Withdrew a Record Amount of Natural Gas from Storage appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Proposed Changes to Energy Conservation Standards Program for Appliances

When the Trump administration took office almost a year ago, one oft repeated promise was to remove and reduce regulations across the board– though environmental and energy regulations were frequently called out specifically. Whether it was in an attempt to boost American oil and coal industries or make complying with environmental regulations for facilities in […] The post Proposed Changes to Energy Conservation Standards Program for Appliances appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Pennsylvania Suspends Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction, Citing Sunoco’s ‘Egregious and Willful’ Violations

Pennsylvania today suspended permits for Sunoco Pipeline, LP‘s $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline project, after finding that the company committed “egregious and willful violations” of state laws. The order directs Sunoco, a subsidiary of Dakota Access pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners, to stop Mariner East 2 construction activities across Pennsylvania. The 306-mile pipeline project would carry 275,000 barrels a […] The post Pennsylvania Suspends Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction, Citing Sunoco's ‘Egregious and …

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Shifting A Giant — Volkswagen’s Progress & Potential Pitfalls From 830,000 Gasmobiles/Month To Electric Heaven

More or less, this story could be about Daimler, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, or any other major automaker. In fact, while this article was in the works, a couple of Daimler execs came out and admitted a couple of the core challenges in a rather direct way. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne did the same a year and a half ago in his own dramatic style. But the complexity of the story means that it's not a black and white issue and it also goes far beyond the statements referenced above

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MIT Women in Chemistry hosts second annual Scientist for a Day camp

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the MIT Women in Chemistry (WIC) held their second annual Scientist for a Day camp for local middle school girls. The well-attended event provided participants with a sampling of hands-on science activities led by female graduate students in MIT's Department of Chemistry. Over the course of the three-and-a-half hour experience, the girls experimented with polymers used in every-day materials, extracted DNA from strawberries and fluorescent …

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Salt River Project Asks Supreme Court to Take Up SolarCity Antitrust Case

Are $50 demand charges for rooftop solar owners an unfair monopoly practice, or simply the utility's way of recovering costs? This may be the big-picture question in the two-year legal battle between Arizona utility Salt River Project and Tesla solar subsidiary SolarCity. But it's not the question the utility is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide. …

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Can EV Chargers Earn Enough Money on Grid Services to Give Them Away for Free?

Plugged-in electric vehicles could overload neighborhood transformers and drive up peak demand on already-stressed grids. Or, they could wield their influence in ways that brings the grid into better balance than it is today. So say companies trying to develop technology and business models around EV charging.read more