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Tesla Powerwall + High Electricity Prices Driving Australians To Energy Storage

Australia is undergoing something of an energy crisis — growing demand combined with under-investment in the electric grid has recently led to a series of embarrassing blackouts, and electric rates are soaring. South Australia has just overtaken Denmark as the place with the world's most expensive electricity

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The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Nearly one-third of the 61% of total global petroleum and other liquids production that moved on maritime routes in 2015 transited the Strait of Malacca, the second-largest oil trade chokepoint in the world after the Strait of Hormuz. Petroleum and other liquids transiting the Strait of Malacca increased for the fourth time in the past five […] The post The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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World’s Longest Interconnector Provides UK With Norwegian Hydropower

There comes a time in every guy's life when he realises that he is just as stereotypical as every other male in the world. I had to come to the terms that, despite many differences, when it comes to big toys, I am just like every other guy in the world. Which was why I World's Longest Interconnector Provides UK With Norwegian Hydropower was originally published on

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The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit – Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?read more

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The “Historic” US-China Climate Change Deal Confirms that We are Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

Optimism has broken out among those concerned about climate change. Secret negotiations between America and China have given us a "game changing" deal, one that gives us a "fighting chance" to limit global warming. But like it or not, this deal does not appear to give us a chance to win this particular fight.read more

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$548 Billion In Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies “Rig The Game” Against Renewables

Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath In the same week that a new study found that G20 nations, including Australia, were providing $US88 billion ($A102 billion) a year in subsidies just for fossil fuel exploration, another report – this time from the highly conservative International Energy Agency – has put a number to the $548 Billion In Global Fossil Fuel …

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Report: European regulators say incorrect CO2 ratings could be costing drivers $580/year

Filed under: MPG, Europe/EU European automakers are apparently a little off in their collective emissions ratings for their vehicles. Way off, actually. To the tune of $580 in refueling costs per driver. The vehicles likely emitted

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A Billion Dollars And Counting…

Last month, CleanTechnica reported on the expectations of the Indo-US clean energy sector from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States. It was mentioned that a multi-billion push for the renewable power sector is in the making. The ball for this will be set in motion with the signing of an MoU for a $1 billion loan agreement A Billion Dollars And Counting… was …

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Chinese Tesla Model S Road Trippers Put Their Route On The Hood

Some Chinese Tesla Model S owners are taking a big road trip using China's still-nascent charging network. Actually, they will be installing charging stations along the way. This article about it is in Chinese if you happen to read Chinese. Hopeless with Chinese, I stuck it into Google Translate. Unfortunately, that doesn't make the read Chinese Tesla Model S Road Trippers Put Their Route On The Hood was …

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Making Solar Available To Those Who Need It Most

Rocky Mountain Institute. By Laurie Guevara-​Stone. Here at RMI we love seeing electricity generated by the sun. And while it's great to see large homes owned by the likes of Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell being solar-powered, rooftop solar should be accessible to people across the socio-economic spectrum of the U.S., not just the one percent. But Making Solar Available To Those Who Need It Most was originally published on …

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Lessons from Kyoto: A Vision for Effective Global Action on Climate Change

With two decades of experience to draw on, the UNFCCC may be the most influential forum on climate change in the world. The deadline is set for 2015 for an all-inclusive global agreement to halt climate change. But what is necessary to bring 195 countries onboard to limit global warming to 2 degrees C?read more

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Energy Quote of the Day: “The Fog of War Will not Clear for a Long Time,” Oil Price Impact?

Geopolitical turmoil and security threats in major producing regions are never good for oil market stability, and while global benchmark oil prices have been cruising through an historic range-bound lack of volatility for an extended period, geopolitical headwinds show no sign of abating.read more

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Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Butts? It’s More Complicated Than You Might Imagine

Why do dogs sniff each other's butts? The answer to that question is a bit more complicated than you might imagine. According to a new video from the American Chemical Society (above), it's all about one canine literally sniffing out important information about the other--its gender, emotional state, diet, and more. "Think of it kind of like speaking with chemicals," the video's narrator says, referring to the glandular …

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News Media, There’s a War on Elephants

The slaughter of Africa's elephants for their ivory is leaving a devastating number of casualties: some conservationists cite as many as 50,000 are being killed annually. It's a full-on massacre. It's a genocide, actually, if you are gutsy enough to call it what it is. Getting ivory from an elephant takes effort, and brutality. Poachers are rampaging throughout the African continent with guns, grenades and …