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Pickup-truck politics, green-car deals, faster Model 3, grim climate-change report: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got an intriguing analysis of which makers would win big from rolling back fuel-economy rules, news on the future Tesla Model 3 "P" performance version of the electric car, a grim climate-change update, and great deals on green cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Following our U.S. plug-in electric car sales report, we've...

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For pickup trucks, more than half all fuel savings come in 2022-2025 CAFE rules

Sometimes, when science and technology issues have economic or political consequences, incorrect or misleading information and analyses can be propagated through the media, leading both decision makers and the public astray. A piece published in April by Forbes, covering the effects of the 2022 through 2025 corporate average fuel economy...

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US Solar Industry Hits Out At “Preposterous” Claims By Suniva & SolarWorld In Section 201 Trade Case

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion "preposterous" and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves.

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Global Infrastructure Partners Acquires 50% Stake From DONG Energy In 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Wind Farm

One of the world's leading infrastructure investors, Global Infrastructure Partners, this week announced that it has acquired a 50% stake in the German 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore Wind Farm from Danish wind energy developer DONG Energy. Global …

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Financing & Turbines Secured For 424 Megawatt Mexican Reynosa III Wind Park, The Largest In Latin America

Two parallel announcements have given shape to the planned 424 MW Reynosa III Wind Park set to be developed in Mexico, with wind turbines supplied by Vestas and financing from Mexico's state-owned development banks. Financing & Turbines Secured For 424 …

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Climate change worse, faster than projected, scientists tell Trump in leaked report

It is abundantly clear that the Trump Administration does not believe in science. In its six months to date, it chose a climate-science denier to lead the Environmental Protection agency; rolled back two dozen regulations limiting air, water, and land pollution; and announced a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to limit carbon...

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Tesla Model 3 Performance version coming, after ‘production hell’ ends

Now that the Tesla Model 3 has officially entered production, the electric-car maker's main goal will be to ensure the manufacturing process ramps up smoothly. With 1,800 new reservations reportedly placed each day for the affordable electric sedan, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to confirm the company needs to get through six months of...

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for August 2017

As North America rounds out the final weeks of summer, plenty of discounts and deals remain on fuel-efficient, hybrid, and electric cars. The month of August sees a number of familiar nameplates remain as best buys, while a few newcomers arrive to represent excellent new values. Below are August's best deals on hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient...

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Can We Make Nuclear Power Great Again?

That nuclear revival that many people hoped for? It's not looking so good. The latest blow came last week, when two South Carolina utilities backed away from a half-completed nuclear project in the state, after already spending $9 billion. Nuclear is struggling, particularly in the U.S. In the second half of the show, we'll talk with Jessica Lovering, the director of energy at the Breakthrough Institute, about how to rethink nuclear. What can we learn from other industries in order to foster innovation, …

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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, July 2017: Golf season

The Volkswagen e-Golf launched in Canada in late June, tallying 39 sales before the month's end, and followed that with 84 units in its first full month of availability. Aided by the e-Golf, the Toyota Prius Prime and the soon-to-arrive second-generation Nissan Leaf, plug-in electric vehicles may push above 1 percent of the market for...

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The Renewable Energy Auction Revolution

What's up with record low renewable energy prices? Policy innovation is key to harnessing renewable energy potential. There's a revolution happening in the world of renewable energy policy. At last count, 48 countries had adopted auction-based approaches to subsidizing renewables, with an additional 27 countries seriously considering the idea. Source: Trends to Watch in 2017 The […] The post The Renewable Energy Auction Revolution appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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With Sinking Storage Costs, Big-Box Solar Could Really Take Off

We know that Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Ikea, Kohl's, and other big-box retailers have installed a lot of rooftop solar. They've mostly been doing so under net metering rules, and paying the demand charges for their net load on utilities when their individual peak demands occur. Utilities may think that they are protected in this sector […] The post With Sinking Storage Costs, Big-Box Solar Could Really Take Off appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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If We Keep Subsidizing Wind, Will the Cost of Wind Energy Go Down?

There are high hopes for renewable energy to help society by providing a more stable climate, better energy security and less pollution. Government actions reflect these hopes through policies to promote renewable energy. In the U.S. since 1992 there's been a federal subsidy to promote wind energy, and many states require electricity utilities to use some renewable energy. But when […] The post If We Keep Subsidizing Wind, Will the Cost of Wind Energy Go Down? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline …

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Legal Challenge to Spain’s Capacity Market Payments Well-Founded

Two Spanish NGO's have started a court case against Spain's capacity market scheme, which they say unnecessarily subsidizes operators of large power plants for billions of euros. Gerard Wynn, independent energy consultant, explains why their arguments are well-founded. According to Wynn, Spain's capacity mechanism violates EU rules and should be scrapped as soon as possible. […] The post Legal Challenge to Spain's Capacity Market Payments Well-Founded appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Ohio Wind Turbine Setback Fix Suffers a Setback

Three years ago, the Ohio General Assembly enacted the most restrictive wind turbine siting requirements in the nation, bringing most new wind development in the state to a standstill. Although industry leaders warned of the potential consequences, the new setback language was inserted into a budget bill – with no testimony or debate – and […] The post Ohio Wind Turbine Setback Fix Suffers a Setback appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Solar Eclipse on August 21st Will Affect Photovoltaic Generators Across the Country

On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) […] The post Solar Eclipse on August 21st Will Affect Photovoltaic Generators Across the Country appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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USA’s Largest & World’s Second-Largest Onshore Wind Farm (2 Gigawatt Farm) To Be Built In Oklahoma

North America's largest independent renewable energy company, Invenergy, is partnering with GE Renewable Energy to build the 2 GW Wind Catcher onshore wind farm, which will be the world's second largest and the United States' largest wind farm once completed. USA's Largest & World's …

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Propaganda video debunked, diesel worries from Europe, electric-car battery evolution, BYD expansion: Today’s Car News

Today, discussion of diesel bans in Europe, updates on Toyota solid-state cells, context of the pace of electric-car battery advances, and some BYD news to boot. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We added some additional details to yesterday's story on Toyota plans for solid-state batteries in a 2022 electric car. No sooner did Audi and...