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Energy Dept to award $15 million for very fast electric-car charging

The United States Department of Energy has announced a new funding initiative to accelerate the development of what it calls "Extreme Fast Charging" (XFC) systems. In total, the DoE will award $15 million for the development of electric-car charging systems as well as batteries capable of very fast charging. Each area of interest has specific...

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Why More Flexible Operation Won’t Save U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Technology being used to help nuclear plants cope with renewables in Europe likely wouldn't revive nuclear's flagging fortunes in the U.S., an expert said. Edward Kee, CEO of the Nuclear Economics Consulting Group (NECG), confirmed U.S. regulations and market structure would complicate matters for plant owners wanting to deploy flexible generation technologies like those installed by Areva at the Goesgen plant in Switzerland. Areva's Advanced Load Following Control (ALFC) system, installed this month, …

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A Case Study In Grid Resilience — Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico, as most of us know, was hit by two hurricanes in as many weeks. Irma and Maria made a mess of the island, and it will take months to get things back to normal. When the island does get its electric system back to normal, however, it will not be as things were. It will be new, and hopefully better

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Next-Generation Energy Technologies Are Constrained by Outdated Markets. Here’s How to Fix Them

After eight and a half years of the most rewarding experience of my professional life, the end of November will bring the close of my tenure at GTM and GTM Research. I couldn't be more proud of our team and our work, and I'm beyond excited to see what comes next. I'll continue playing a part in GTM's future -- I'll remain a senior advisor to both GTM and Wood …

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Puerto Rico to Cancel Whitefish Grid Contract, CEO Says Critics on a ‘Witch Hunt’

The head of Puerto Rico's government-owned utility confirmed Sunday afternoon that he is moving to cancel a controversial contract awarded to Whitefish Energy, a small Montana firm hired to help rebuild the island's devastated power grid. Ricardo Ramos, CEO of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), said he will ask the board of directors for a resolution to scrap the agreement at the request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Earlier on Sunday, Rosselló called for PREPA's governing board to "immediately" …

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India Takes the First Steps Toward a Utility-Scale Energy Storage Market

The Indian energy storage industry hopes a 28-megawatt-hour battery plant in Andaman and Nicobar will kick-start a utility-scale market that has been slow to emerge. “This will help open up opportunities for such hybrid projects in India,” said Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), after Mahindra Susten this month won the project tendered by state-owned coal mining company NLC India. “With the development of a local ecosystem and skills training, we are …

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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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Facebook and Voters See the Benefit of Clean Energy in Ohio

Last month, Facebook announced its new $750 million data center will be located in New Albany, Ohio, just north of Columbus. Why did the social media giant choose this particular spot? Apparently, Facebook likes clean energy, stating, “The availability of renewable energy sources, including wind, solar and hydro, was critical to the decision.” And Facebook […] The post Facebook and Voters See the Benefit of Clean Energy in Ohio appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Electric car emissions, 100,000 Chevy Volts, Tesla throwdown, VW diesel tests: The Week in Reverse

Who said existing automakers really aren't trying to sell electric cars? And what news cheered owners of Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles affected by the VW emission scandal? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, August 5, 2016. Friday, we noted that its...