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Opel to swap Ampera-e (aka Bolt EV) for all-electric Corsa model in 2020

It's been six months since General Motors completed the sale of its Opel division in Europe to PSA Group, the French parent of the Citroën, DS, and Peugeot brands. With the sale came licenses to run out the model life of GM-designed vehicles sold as Opels (and Vauxhalls in the U.K.) while PSA developed successors on its own underpinnings. Now...

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There Should Be Few Reservations About Auction Reserve Prices

The auction reserve price in California has proved successful in maintaining a minimum carbon price. However it shows the importance for an emissions trading system of political commitment and stability. This is the second of two posts looking at experience of carbon price floors. My previous post looked at UK carbon price support, which guarantees […] The post There Should Be Few Reservations About Auction Reserve Prices appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy: Donald Trump Enlists Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance

As the recently published National Security Strategy shows, Donald Trump has turned the expansion of the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its exports into a major component of American foreign and security policy, writes energy expert and author Michael T. Klare. In the view of the Trump administration, anyone that stands in the way of […] The post The Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy: Donald Trump Enlists Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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About That Tesla Roadster Flying Through Space: What Kind of Gas Mileage Is It Getting?

Elon Musk and his SpaceX team made huge news last week when they successfully completed the maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy on the afternoon of February 6, 2018. This launch was such a monumental accomplishment because the private company venture (the heaviest commercial rocket ever launched) could one day be used to take astronauts […] The post About That Tesla Roadster Flying Through Space: What Kind of Gas Mileage Is It Getting? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Clean Energy, Not Natural Gas, Drove Decarbonization in 2017

Despite attempts by the Trump administration and the coal industry to limit clean energy in favor of fossil fuels – including a tariff on solar energy, a thinly-disguised bailout for coal and nuclear power plants (that was rightly rejected), and a dramatic proposed cut to energy research – we are accelerating the transition to a […] The post Clean Energy, Not Natural Gas, Drove Decarbonization in 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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After Losing a Vote on the Double Dip, Is Dominion Losing Power?

An earthquake shook Richmond, Virginia on the afternoon of Monday, February 12, rocking the House of Delegates just as it was supposed to be passing HB 1558, Dominion Energy's Ratepayer Rip-Off Act of 2018. The bill was intended to help the utility lock in stupendous unearned profits for its parent company, courtesy of the monopoly's […] The post After Losing a Vote on the Double Dip, Is Dominion Losing Power? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The U.S. Added 38 Percent More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year

The number of oil and gas rigs in the United States has increased an astonishing 38 percent over the past year. That's according to S&P Global Platts Analytics, which reported this week that the country had 1,070 rigs at the end of January, up from just 773 a year earlier. Experts expressed fear that all of this new development […] The post The U.S. Added 38 Percent More Oil and Gas Rigs Last Year appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Coal Production, Exports, and Prices Increased in 2017

EIA expects total 2017 U.S. coal production to be 773 million short tons (MMst), 45 MMst higher than in 2016 and the largest year-over-year tonnage increase since 2001. Coal prices across the United States rose as well, especially for Central Appalachian coal. An increase in demand for U.S. coal exports more than offset a slight […] The post U.S. Coal Production, Exports, and Prices Increased in 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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For Elon Musk, Dreams > Risk. Should We All Dream & Risk More?

Much has been written about Elon Musk's use of the scientific method and first principles thinking. Oftentimes, Musk is pigeon-holed as a hyper-logical, robotic decision maker. Not true. It's a misperception that doesn't align with Musk's real-world experience at his companies, SpaceX and Tesla. In contrast, Elon Musk displays a boldly wild imagination and high tolerance for risk

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MLK luncheon: “What matters is what you’re doing”

When former NFL player Wade Davis, as a teenager, first told his mother that he was gay, he wasn't prepared for the response he got: “You're already black!” she told him, adding that she wished he would die of cancer rather than tell her he was gay. Their relationship remained uncomfortable for years, Davis says, but eventually, after many difficult conversations, they came to better understand each other's perspectives. Now, years later, he says his mom and his fiancé happily talk and text each other. That long and …

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Debunking Trump’s Claim of “War on Beautiful, Clean Coal” Using Graphs

In President Trump's first State of the Union Address last week, a wide range of topics in the Administration's agenda were covered extensively while energy was largely pushed to the side. Trump did include two sentences on his self-described push for “American Energy Dominance,” and these two sentences sent wonks in the energy industry into […] The post Debunking Trump's Claim of “War on Beautiful, Clean Coal” Using Graphs appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Charging Electric Vehicles: The Challenges Ahead

Forget the latest Tesla announcement, writes John Massey. What is more important for the future of electric cars is how we will solve the challenge of charging them. Massey, an independent energy analyst and trainer, discusses the four main challenges of EV charging and concludes that the outcome of the process will depend on the […] The post Charging Electric Vehicles: The Challenges Ahead appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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As ESG Goes Mainstream, Methane Disclosure Divide Looms Large on Investor Agenda

The demand for corporate transparency is here to stay. Just last year, 390 investors representing more than $22 trillion in assets signed a letter in support of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, advocating for a unified set of recommendations for corporate climate disclosure. So as financial markets increasingly recognize Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) […] The post As ESG Goes Mainstream, Methane Disclosure Divide Looms Large on Investor Agenda appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Virginia General Assembly Chews On Spits Out Healthy Energy Legislation, While Still Trying to Digest a Huge Hunk of Pork

If you were bewildered by the sheer volume of bills addressing solar, efficiency, storage, and other energy topics that I outlined last month, take heart: clean energy advocates don't have nearly as many bills to keep track of now. So few bills survived the Finance and Commerce and Labor Committees that it will be easier […] The post Virginia General Assembly Chews On Spits Out Healthy Energy Legislation, While Still Trying to Digest a Huge Hunk of Pork appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full …

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China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Meet its Powerful Backers

Over the past year, oil and gas industry plans to build a petrochemical refining and storage hub along the Ohio River have steadily gained traction. Proponents hope this potential hub, which would straddle Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, could someday rival the industrial corridor found along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. Those plans center around creating what is known […] The post China Is Financing a Petrochemical Hub in Appalachia. Meet its Powerful Backers appeared first on The Energy …

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Reminder to DoE and Congress: U.S. Has a World Beating Fast Flux Test Facility Sitting Idle in Eastern Washington

There is a known gap in fast spectrum testing facilities in the US. Several entities have suggested that the solution to the gap is to create a new project to build a world-class fast spectrum test reactor. In my opinion, and that of many experts to whom I've talked to in the past several years, […] The post Reminder to DoE and Congress: U.S. Has a World Beating Fast Flux Test Facility Sitting Idle in Eastern Washington appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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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 …