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What’s the Role for Demand Charges in Modern Rate Design?

For utilities facing the rise of rooftop solar projects, plug-in electric vehicles, backup batteries and other types of distributed energy resources, mass-market demand charges are one of a few options for recovering costs from customers to keeping the grid running. For most solar industry and utility consumer advocates, they're a threat to be fought at every turn. That's how the demand charge debate has played out in states over the past few years.

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Death to Tribalism: A Conversation With the Breakthrough Institute

The Breakthrough Institute was founded on the idea that traditional environmentalists were wrong about how to protect the planet. Back in 2004, the co-founders called for ending the "politics of limits" pushed by environmental groups. Rather, they saw economic growth, technological innovation, and human ingenuity as the most important tools for environmental progress -- not necessarily regulatory limits. That angered large swaths of the environmental community. Over the last decade, the Breakthrough …

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Distinctive brain pattern helps habits form

Our daily lives include hundreds of routine habits. Brushing our teeth, driving to work, or putting away the dishes are just a few of the tasks that our brains have automated to the point that we hardly need to think about them. Although we may think of each of these routines as a single task, they are usually made up of many smaller actions, such as picking up our toothbrush, squeezing toothpaste onto it, and then lifting the brush to our mouth. This process of grouping behaviors together into a single routine is …

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Study reveals molecular mechanisms of memory formation

MIT neuroscientists have uncovered a cellular pathway that allows specific synapses to become stronger during memory formation. The findings provide the first glimpse of the molecular mechanism by which long-term memories are encoded in a region of the hippocampus called CA3. The researchers found that a protein called Npas4, previously identified as a master controller of gene expression triggered by neuronal activity, controls the strength of connections between neurons in the CA3 and those in another part of the …

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Tesla Plans to Triple Battery Deployments in 2018

While Tesla is struggling to ramp up production of its Model 3 car in the coming months, it's got another aggressive growth target in front of it: a big jump for its energy storage products. In Tesla's fourth quarter and 2017 full year earnings report released Wednesday afternoon, the company said that it plans to at least triple the amount of energy storage capacity it deploys in 2018 compared to 2017. “[T]he production ramp of our storage products is just as steep as with Model 3,” the company wrote in …

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Hyundai Kona Electric, new diesel Ford, Lexus RX 450hL price, 2018 Sonata Hybrid: Today’s Car News

Today, we're at the Chicago auto show media day—meaning today—and we've got news about updated hybrid and plug-in hybrid Hyundai Sonatas, a new diesel Ford, some Lexus pricing, and a look ahead to an all-new electric car in Geneva next month. All this and more on Green Car Reports. A battery-powered version of the Hyundai Kona Electric...

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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid released at Chicago auto show

What the auto industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh" can range from indistinguishable to very evident. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid falls into the latter category, with new front and rear styling, changes to the interior and dashboard, and numerous added safety and connectivity features. The hybrid Sonata follows the updated conventional gasoline...

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Modeling the universe

A supercomputer simulation of the universe has produced new insights into how black holes influence the distribution of dark matter, how heavy elements are produced and distributed throughout the cosmos, and where magnetic fields originate. Astrophysicists from MIT, Harvard University, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, the Max-Planck Institutes for Astrophysics and for Astronomy, and the Center for Computational Astrophysics gained new insights into the formation and evolution of galaxies by developing …

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Tesla Model 3 User Experience Rated Poorly By Strategy Analytics

The market/product analysts at Strategy Analytics have given the Tesla Model 3 a fairly low appraisal with regard to the "user experience" — with the notation being that there's a drop in quality as compared to the Tesla Model S or Tesla Model X. Well, no kidding

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Tesla Supercharger Network 2018 — Plans Call For Rapid Expansion Throughout North America, Asia, Europe, & Oceania

It's been a while since we provided an update on the state of Tesla's Supercharger network, so it seemed worth giving readers an idea of just how rapidly the company is aiming to grow its network of proprietary electric vehicle superfast-charging stations over the coming months. Of course, this is all the more important and interesting as Tesla Model 3 production ramps up and the total fleet of Tesla vehicles on roads around the world grows at a quicker and quicker pace

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Jaguar I-Pace European Pricing Revealed — €82,000 Starting Price

Initial pricing for the Jaguar I-Pace in the European market has now been revealed (via Autoblog.nl), showing numbers roughly in line with what most observers were expecting. The model is expensive but "affordable" for those who shop in the luxury SUV segment, in other words

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Volkswagen e-Golf Production Capacity To Double Next Year

Volkswagen will begin increasing the production capacity of the e-Golf at its facilities in Europe starting in March 2018, company spokespersons recently revealed. The plan is reportedly for the daily production capacity to be increased from 35 to 70 cars a day. Assuming that's an average with no days off, that's 25,550 Volkswagen e-Golfs per year — a bit more than the planned weekly production of the Tesla Model