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Scana Corporation Will Abandon Construction Of Two Nuclear Power Plants In South Carolina

SCANA Corporation, parent of SCG&E, has announced it will not complete construction of two nuclear power plants in South Carolina due to spiraling costs. Local legislators and rate payers are not pleased. Scana Corporation Will …

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GreenLots Grows Into Thailand & Beyond With New BMW ChargeNow Deal

GreenLots, an open standard charging network operator, has big plans to bring together public EV charging stations and battery storage with the power of its network and cloud technologies in order to level up EV charging infrastructure in Southeast Asia and North America. Greenlots was originally founded in Singapore in 2008 and has since scaled up into a global EV charging network operator, with operations in 13 countries and offices in …

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Hybrid drones carry heavier payloads for greater distances

MIT alumnus Long Phan SM '99, PhD '12 is a technology innovator and entrepreneur with several engineering “firsts” under his belt. In the mid-1990s, Phan helped build the Draper Small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the world's first fully autonomous helicopter. While working on Wall Street in the early 2000s, he became an early pioneer of the high-frequency trading system, which consists of powerful computers that rapidly complete tons of trading transactions. As co-founder, CEO, and chief technology officer of …

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Three MIT scientists honored with John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research

Three members of MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) High-Energy-Density Physics Division have been honored with the American Physical Society's John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. Division head and Senior Research Scientist Richard Petrasso, Senior Research Scientist Chikang Li, and Research Scientist Fredrick Seguin were selected, along with three colleagues from other laboratories, to share the award for “the pioneering use of proton radiography to reveal new aspects of flows, …

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Electric-car sales, Mazda loves engines, self-driving Dutch cars, oil demand decline? Today’s Car News

Today, we put two criticisms of electric cars into context, look at plug-in vehicle sales for the U.S. last month, fill you in on self-driving cars in The Netherlands, and consider when peak demand for oil could arrive. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We published the first cut at our monthly plug-in electric car sales report for July...

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Mazda exec: engines can get cleaner, EVs will die without subsidies

Small Japanese automaker Mazda is in a tough spot. It's been on its own for most of a decade now, after Ford sold its shares in the company, and now Mazda must fund numerous new models all by itself. With global sales of just 1.5 million vehicles, it's one-seventh the size of Toyota or Volkswagen. DON'T MISS: Mazda to launch homogeneous-charge...

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GreenPower Aims to Solve City Emissions with Full Suite of Electric Buses

City dwellers have long suffered the negative effects of the exhaust emissions pouring out of the tailpipes of large diesel transit buses, school buses, and the like. Having ridden the bus to school in elementary school, I have very early memories of the thick columns of black exhaust being piped out the back of the bus after being dropped off. It was never pleasant but recent studies revealing just how harmful and carcinogenic that very …

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Automakers Urge Hitting the Brakes on Fuel Regs, While Investing More Than Ever in EVs

When President Trump ordered a review of Obama-era vehicle fuel-efficiency standards earlier this year, climate and clean air advocates were quick to label it a “cynical ploy” to roll back the ambitious targets. And as critics feared, the regulations may soon be put on hold. The Department of Transportation issued a notice last week that it is looking to revise the fuel economy requirements starting with the 2021 vehicle model year, and may lower the existing standards through 2025. Trump's order from March …

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Energy Jobs: Tesla Loses Its Director of Battery Technology. Plus, Microsoft, National Grid, and DOE

Tesla is experiencing a bit of executive whiplash. Less than a week after Elon Musk delivered the first Model 3 vehicles to customers, Tesla's director of battery technology, Kurt Kelty, stepped down. He'd been at the company since 2006. Before Tesla, Kelty worked in Panasonic's battery R&D lab. He was instrumental in developing battery manufacturing plans for the …

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Decline of oil: Bloomberg suggests what it could look like

Predictions on the future of global energy vary greatly, but many analysts largely believe that peak demand for the oil industry is coming relatively soon. The world's largest oil companies, however, see it differently: they say their business will only continue to grow through the year 2040. Exxon and OPEC each believe more than 100 million...

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New propaganda video on electric-car tax credits: time to debunk!

The U.S. federal income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car has seen its share of attacks over the years. Now a new video seeks to twist the facts to paint those subsidies in a bad light. While facts don't lie, it's easy to create a new narrative by taking carefully chosen facts out of context and presenting only a small part of a broader...

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Startup Amber’s self-driving cars to hit Dutch streets in 2018?

While Uber, Tesla, and Google are fighting over who will be first to deploy self-driving cars on a large scale, the Dutch underdogs at mobility startup Amber are planning a surprise move to overtake them all. If all goes according to plan, Amber's self-driving cars will hit the streets of Dutch cities by mid-2018. Amber CEO Steven Nelemans...

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Plug-in electric car sales for July: Bolt EV, Prime, Volt, Teslas, Leaf lead the pack

In a U.S. car market that's coming off record numbers over the last couple of years, plug-in electric car sales continued strong last month. The Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM's 238-mile battery electric hatchback, set a new monthly sales record of 1,937 deliveries in its eighth month on sale—the highest number for any electric car in July. It was...

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Old Coal & Nuclear Costs Don’t Compete With Wind & Solar Costs (+ Interview With GE Vice Chairman John G. Rice)

Years ago, I wrote that many people don't realize solar energy and wind energy are so cheap because they have a price or talking point stuck in their head from 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or even just 3 years ago. As much as we at CleanTechnica repeat the fact that wind and solar are often the cheapest option for new electricity capacity, people in the general public and even in highly related fields don't realize that …

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Making Policy in an Uncertain World

In one of the best commencement speeches ever, the Australian composer, lyricist, and comedian, Tim Minchin told students at University of Western Australia, “We must think critically and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the veranda and hit them with a cricket bat.” Source I was reminded of […] The post Making Policy in an Uncertain World appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article