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100 Major Companies Have Officially Pledged To Switch To 100% Renewable Electricity

Originally published on The Climate Reality Project. This week, we're launching Take a Number, a new series where we pick a number or statistic from the world of climate science, social science, or policy and look at what it means for us out in the world. We're kicking off with everyone's favorite whole number: 100. [&hellip

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Fiat 500e autocrossing, Model 3 update, Canada EV news, charging at gas stations: Today’s Car News

Today, we've two two Tesla stories covering its entire model lineup, an electric car that went racing, a news roundup from Canada, and a distracted-pedestrian idea. All this and more on Green Car Reports. A piece we published on the net number of Tesla Model 3 reservations may have contributed to CEO Elon Musk's response: Tesla has 455,000 net...

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Tesla Model S, Model X electric cars updated with new features

Before the Tesla Model 3 officially entered production, the electric-car maker shuffled features on its Model S to provide a clear distinction between the two sedans. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has often said those looking for luxury will be happiest in a Model S, while the Model 3 remains a much more straightforward piece of transportation. The updates...

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IKEA Teams With LG Chem As Storage Battery Prices Plunge

IKEA has teamed up with LG Chem to offer customers solar panel and storage battery packages. Meanwhile, a new study says government support of storage battery research is essential to driving down prices in the future. IKEA Teams With LG Chem As Storage Battery Prices Plunge was originally published on

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Internal Monsanto Emails Show Scientist Stating: “If Somebody Came To Me & Said They Wanted To Test Roundup I Know How I Would React — With Serious Concern”

A number of interesting documents were released on Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit against Monsanto. Not our typical beat, this seemed worth drawing attention to here on CleanTechnica anyway. Overall, these documents seem to paint a pretty clear picture of a company working to bend the rules to suit its best interests, and also one where there was clear internal "debate" about the actual safety of its best-selling product, Roundup

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Grey Area Between “Assisted” & “Automated” Driving Systems A Concern For UK Insurers

Progress, change, transition, well-being — from plastic to automation, the world keeps evolving, shifting through good and bad choices, including some grey areas. Remember when you took glass milk bottles and glass coke bottles back to a store for 5 cents. No one had to call it green in those days. It just made sense. Maybe you don't remember. Now we call ourselves green because we are trying to make the plastic waste in our oceans go away …

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Autocrossing a Fiat 500e electric car for first, maybe last, time

When we published an article on one owner's experience using his Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car to compete in a local autocross, it contained a comment that riled up our reader Doug Kerr. That comment—"Outside of one high-performance electric vehicle, casual electric cars are hardly the racer's choice"—prompted Kerr to take the...

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Monopoly Un-Managed? Utility Tries to Dodge Oversight of Spendy Proposed Gas Plant

Circumventing a decades-old pact providing a market monopoly in exchange for public oversight, an investor-owned utility has proposed legislation to allow it to build a new natural gas plant criticized for its financial and environmental impact, and then stick customers with the tab. Monopoly …

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Tesla Model 3’s First Reviewers Are In Love

It's here. It's official. The Tesla Model 3 has arrived. In style. Elon Musk took the stage last week to introduce the world to the next wave of automotive disruption. This car is going to make waves. Make no mistake, Tesla has delivered something that will shake the auto industry to its core. ArsTechnica asked Musk about the reservation count and reports: "The CEO then went on to say the net reservation number was …

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SolarEdge Posts 18% Growth In Q2, But Investors Are Not Impressed

Israel-based provider of power optimizer, solar inverter, and monitoring solutions SolarEdge, reported its second quarter earnings this week, revealing record revenues and strong overall growth, that seems to have nevertheless left investors unimpressed. SolarEdge Posts 18% Growth In Q2, But Investors Are Not …

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Canada electric-car news: EV Discovery Centre, more charging sites, ZEV mandates debated

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, the plug-in electric vehicle sector has charged forward, with developments on the national, provincial and even municipal levels. Here's our take on six of the most salient stories. Federal ZEV committee On May 26, the Canadian government announced its intent to develop a national Zero Emission...

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BP follows other gas-station brands, adds electric-car charging

Major oil companies are beginning to take the threat of electric cars seriously, and the latest evidence comes from British Petroleum. BP has begun discussions with electric-vehicle makers to partner on a network of charging stations. The move comes as many European countries announce plans to ban the sale of fossil-fuel powered cars in coming...

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The Carbon-Capture Dream is Dying

The collapse of a Dutch “clean coal” power project has ended near-term prospects for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in European power generation. That leaves proponents of the technology having to turn instead to smaller, industrial applications, writes energy analyst and consultant Gerard Wynn. But while CCS may make sense on a more limited scale, […] The post The Carbon-Capture Dream is Dying appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Did The Arab Spring Disarm OPEC?

OPEC is struggling with a floundering oil market, few prospects of higher oil prices, competition from U.S. shale, and dissension within its own ranks. The supply/demand situation is improving, but at a painfully slow pace. OPEC will meet again in a few days to try to figure out how to boost compliance with the collective […] The post Did The Arab Spring Disarm OPEC? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Who Invests in Energy Efficiency and Why?

This blog post is the second in a three-post series on understanding and increasing investments by businesses and individuals in energy efficiency. In the first post, we discussed current energy efficiency investments in the United States, which we estimate total about $60-115 billion per year. This number includes investments driven by policy, private market investments, […] The post Who Invests in Energy Efficiency and Why? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Pro-Nuclear Movement Can Appear Confused to Left and Right

Last week Ketan Joshi (@KetanJO) published a piece titled “Nuclear power's tense contradiction.” Ketan is a thoughtful science and technology writer who earned a science degree (neuroscience and psychology) from Sydney University and has worked in the renewable energy industry. He is also deeply interested in politics and identifies with the left. His article is […] The post The Pro-Nuclear Movement Can Appear Confused to Left and Right appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation So Far this Summer is Below Last Year’s Level

The amount of natural gas used for electricity generation, also known as power burn, reached its highest daily level so far in 2017 during the past week, exceeding 41 billion cubic feet (Bcf) on July 20, according to data from PointLogic Energy. Natural gas-fired electricity generation typically peaks at the end of July or the […] The post Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation So Far this Summer is Below Last Year's Level appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article