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Artificial Intelligence More Dangerous Than North Korea, Elon Musk Tweets

We would expect Elon Musk to be a champion of artificial intelligence. After all, it is the cornerstone of the autonomous driving system known as Autopilot that is featured in Tesla automobiles. But he has been warning about the potential dangers of AI since 2014, when he called it the “biggest existential threat” to humanity ever known. How can someone be a champion of new technology he finds so potentially dangerous? Easy …

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Sleeping In Tesla Model S & X … India’s Ongoing Solar Boom … Toyota Prius Prime Review … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

The top 20 CleanTechnica stories of the week included a handful of blockbusters. Check out the stories below if you somehow missed them Sleeping In Tesla Model S & X … India's Ongoing Solar Boom … Toyota Prius Prime Review … (Top …

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Sierra Club Sues Energy Dept. Over Disclosure of Grid Study Data and Communications

The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit demanding that the Department of Energy reveal who it's been consulting with as the agency rewrites a critical grid study looking at whether wind and solar are impacting reliability. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California demands that DOE disclose all communications between staff members …

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BYD Song Is China’s Tesla Model Y (China Electric Car Sales Report)

Some 44,700 new electric cars started zooming the Chinese streets last month, which made July the second best month ever for the segment. The electric car market grew 37% compared to the same month last year. The sales also pulled the YTD count to over 227,000 units, up 40% year over year (YoY). Additionally, regarding overall stock, a notable milestone has been reached — over one million plug-in cars are now registered in China …

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US Wind Development Surges In 2nd Quarter (Up 40% YoY)

While the US wind industry only installed 237 MW in the second quarter of this year, the industry can nevertheless be comforted by the knowledge that there are 40% more wind projects currently under development than at the same time a year earlier, heralding strong growth ahead US Wind Development …

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FCA & Marchionne Pull 180 — 2 Electric Maseratis Planned For 2020

Prepare for claims of "Tesla killers" from Maserati in the mainstream media, as FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne awkwardly proclaimed that the brand would produce an electric vehicle around 2020 in an earnings call on Thursday FCA & Marchionne Pull 180 — 2 Electric Maseratis Planned For 2020 was …

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Spain Awards 4 Gigawatts Solar & 1 Gigawatt Wind In Renewables Auction

Spain's energy ministry announced this week the full list of winners from its most recent renewables auction, which awarded a total of 5 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. The split ended up 4 GW for solar and over 1 GW for wind Spain Awards 4 Gigawatts Solar & 1 Gigawatt Wind In Renewables Auction …

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A Tesla Service Experience — The Cool & The Uncool

It's sweet when you buy a car and it immediately needs service — awesome experience. Seemingly out of pure luck, that's what happened with the first Tesla Model S we bought for our new Tesla Shuttle service. Days after picking the Model S up from Germany (used, and not through Tesla), "Acceleration Reduced" appeared on the small screen behind the steering wheel, and underneath that in a bit smaller text, "Contact Tesla Service When …

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Bolt EV sales, Lucid vs Tesla, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, cleaner diesel trucks: The Week in Reverse

How's the Chevy Bolt EV electric car doing in sales after six months in the market? What was missing from President Trump's speech on U.S. energy policy? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, June 30, 2017. Friday, we had some rare good news on diesel engines: while...

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Carbon Capture Suffers a Huge Setback as Kemper Plant Suspends Work

In a move that surprised no one, coal giant Southern Company announced Wednesday afternoon that it plans to suspend work on the carbon capture portion of its $7.5 billion power plant in Kemper, Mississippi. The Kemper plant will now continue to burn natural gas, as it's done for the past three years, and will not burn coal, nor use technology to capture the plant's greenhouse gas emissions. Southern Company's Mississippi Power filed the decision this week after regulators recommended it last week. It's a …

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How Calculating FERC’s One-Mile Rule Could Affect Renewable Energy Projects

As the vigorous pace of wind and solar energy development continues, the ability of renewable projects to obtain Qualifying Facility status under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 can be critical to a renewable project's financing options -- and thus its viability. It can also have important implications for the interconnected utility purchasing the project's output and the rates of that utility's customers. A pending application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sets the …