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CDP Helps Cities, States, and Companies Report and Manage Climate Change Data

CDP (formally the Carbon Disclosure Project) is the world's largest environmental disclosure platform for cities, states, regions, and companies that want to track and manage their carbon and climate change data. I sat down with Katie Walsh, the Senior Manager of the Cities North America, to discuss the disclosure movement, and how cities around the world are taking a stand against climate change.

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New Nissan LEAF e-Pedal Premieres September 6 — Simple Things Can Be Amazing

Nissan LEAF, the electric car that has made possible smooth, torquey, zero-emissions driving for hundreds of thousands of early adopters is premiering another innovative first on Sept. 6. Nissan just announced that the new Nissan LEAF will come with e-Pedal, another pioneering technology that puts Nissan at #1. In actuality, e-Pedal is one step forward in regenerative braking and one-pedal driving, benefits of …

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Aliso Canyon Should Close Permanently, Says California Governor Jerry Brown

Aliso Canyon, the leaking natural gas storage site that's been shut down for the past year and a half, has driven utilities Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas to invest millions in demand response, batteries, and other distributed energy resources. Now California Governor Jerry Brown wants it to be closed permanently, forcing utilities and state regulators to come up with a plan to replace a major part of the region's energy infrastructure with a lot more of the same. So says a letter …

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Leaked DOE Grid Report Puts Rick Perry in an Awkward Position. What Will the Final Draft Look Like?

In April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested an analysis on whether renewable energy poses a threat to baseload power plants and the broader health of the grid. Last week, an early draft of that highly-anticipated report was leaked. It concluded that renewables are not destabilizing the power sector. The leaked version pointed to a natural gas glut, aging power plant fleets and flattening demand as the cause of baseload retirement -- not wind and solar. Now the question becomes: how will the …

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Former US Chief Sustainability Officer: The Military Is Leading the March Toward Energy Independence

The U.S. is at a transformative moment in electricity. And the military is helping us move toward a new era of independence. The U.S. electrical grid was ranked by the National Academy of Engineering as the greatest achievement of the 20th Century, and it was this vast infrastructure that helped to power our economy, enhance our communities and light up our lives. But the centralized power grid is not …

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German Utility EWE Plans a Flow Battery Big Enough to Power Berlin for an Hour

A German gas storage firm is planning a battery big enough to power a city the size of Berlin for an hour, using redox flow technology. The planned project, which Oldenburg-based EWE Gasspeicher is billing as the world's largest battery, will involve filling two salt caverns, each of around 100,000 cubic meters in volume, with brine to create a redox flow battery that has capacity of up to 120 megawatts and 700 megawatt-hours. EWE Gasspeicher currently uses caverns for natural gas storage and is looking …

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U.S. Coal Exports Have Increased Over the Past Six Months

Coal exports for the first quarter of 2017 were 58% higher than in the same quarter last year, with steam coal exports increasing by 6 million short tons (MMst) and metallurgical coal exports increasing by 2 MMst. Most of these exports were shipped from Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico ports. In EIA's most […] The post U.S. Coal Exports Have Increased Over the Past Six Months appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Don’t Drop the Low-Hanging Fruit of Truck Fuel Efficiency

A key element of the “Phase 2” heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards adopted last fall was the program's inclusion of trailers for the first time. That addition alone will deliver a cost-effective 7% improvement in tractor-trailer fuel efficiency. So it was disappointing to see the introduction of a bill in Congress […] The post Don't Drop the Low-Hanging Fruit of Truck Fuel Efficiency appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Three Top Trends Driving Green Lease Leaders

This summer, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance announced the new class of Green Lease Leaders, a designation to recognize companies that have successfully modernized their lease language to include energy efficiency, and encourage landlord-tenant collaboration around sustainability goals. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was among those awarded for its net-zero […] The post Three Top Trends Driving Green Lease Leaders appeared first on The Energy …

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Man of Steel? How Trump Could Give us a Look into Suniva Sooner than We’d Think

It is needless to say that the Section 201 trade case has cast a dark, uncertain cloud since Suniva's filing in April. Given the use of Section 201 has historically been scarce (only a handful of safeguards have been implemented under this clause since its inception), it can be challenging to read the tea leaves […] The post Man of Steel? How Trump Could Give us a Look into Suniva Sooner than We'd Think appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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‘Clean Coal’ Officially Dead in Mississippi as Southern Company Battered by Kemper Fallout

Clean coal officially died in Mississippi today as state regulators voted unanimously to issue an official order denying further money for the Kemper coal plant and beginning a settlement process with its builder, Southern Company. The order provides a legal framework for the state Public Service Commission's June 21st vote proposing the plant continue to operate on natural gas, as […] The post ‘Clean Coal' Officially Dead in Mississippi as Southern Company Battered by Kemper Fallout appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Study suggests route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries

Most of today's lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from cars to phones, use a liquid as the electrolyte between two electrodes. Using a solid electrolyte instead could offer major advantages for both safety and energy storage capacity, but attempts to do this have faced unexpected challenges. Researchers now report that the problem may be an incorrect interpretation of how such batteries fail. The new findings, which could open new avenues for developing lithium batteries with solid electrolytes, are …