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US Solar Industry Could Be Devastated By Today’s Tariffs Ruling — May Lead To Crushing Tariffs

Are solar cells too cheap? That's what the US International Trade Commission effectively ruled Friday, granting bankrupt US manufacturers SolarWorld and Suniva's petition for relief from cheaper imported solar panels. Next, they'll deliberate a remedy, which would likely mean job-crushing tariffs. The solar industry says that with the price of panels jacked up, hundreds of projects would be canceled and tens of thousands of jobs would be lost

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Chanje V8070 — Another Level Of Electrification

Startup electric truck maker Chanje Energy, Inc. has launched an electric Class 5 van, intent to replace last century's fossil fuels with a zero-emissions Class 5 last-mile delivery option. This is the latest of several recent additions to the electric truck and van market Chanje V8070 — Another Level Of …

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Is the Tesla Model 3 really ‘Car 2.0’? Maybe not: here’s why

Like the company's three previous electric cars, the Tesla Model 3 launched into production with a splashy media event during which owners received the keys to their new cars and the company's fans applauded. Like the Model S and Model X, production is starting at very low rates, with the rate of increase—to 5,000 cars a week by December 31...

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Energy Jobs: National Labs Shed Hundreds of Workers. Plus, Enphase, GE, FERC and Grid4C

Here's an accounting of some top personnel moves from around the energy industry. As many as 525 people could lose their jobs at the Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Officials say the cuts are not due to the Trump administration's proposed budget; rather, they are part of normal cost-cutting measures. Scientists and other career staffers worried about their jobs may yet be safe. Lawmakers are

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Mini E next month, Lunar Rover at 46, Ford Hub visit, Model 3 assessed: Today’s Car News

Today, a baffling visit in NYC, a tiny two-seat electric car for China, whether the Tesla Model 3 should really be dubbed "Car 2.0," and how does the Lunar Rover compare to a modern electric car? All this and more on Green Car Reports. As always, we ran down last week's top green-car news stories on Saturday. How does the all-electric Lunar Rover...

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SolarReserve Inks Deal With South Australia to Supply Solar Thermal Power With Storage for 6 Cents

SolarReserve, the California-based developer that bundles CSP towers, PV and molten-salt storage, won a contract to supply the South Australian government with dispatchable solar for between AUS 7.5 and 7.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. That amounts to USD 6 cents per kilowatt-hour -- a price lower than SolarReserve's planned project in Copiapó, Chile, which was bid at 6.3 cents per kilowatt-hour earlier this year. The …

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We visited NYC’s Ford Hub; we still don’t know what it was

Those who've lived in New York City since 2001 sometimes choose to avoid the World Trade Center site when possible. The area has largely been rebuilt into a combination of offices, shopping, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, with construction on some very tall towers still ongoing. A lunch date with a friend prompted us to wander into the Ford...

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High-quality online video with less rebuffering

We've all experienced two hugely frustrating things on YouTube: our video either suddenly gets pixelated, or it stops entirely to rebuffer. Both happen because of special algorithms that break videos into small chunks that load as you go. If your internet is slow, YouTube might make the next few seconds of video lower resolution to make sure you can still watch uninterrupted — hence, the pixelation. If you try to skip ahead to a part of the video that hasn't loaded yet, your video has to stall in order to buffer that …

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Europe Must Triple Offshore Wind Growth Rate To Bring Paris Goals Within Reach

If Europe is to fall in line with the Paris Climate Agreement intention of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the region must significantly increase its rate of growth for offshore wind development, tripling it at the very least. Europe Must Triple …

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Colorado Co-Op To Develop Country’s Largest Low-Income Community Solar Project

A partnership between the Colorado Energy Office, GRID Alternatives, and the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association will work to develop the United States' largest low-income community solar project aimed at lowering the electricity bills of qualifying low-income residents, affordable housing providers, and nonprofit organizations.

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Baojun E100: GM’s tiny, two-seat electric car for China

Most North Americans and Europeans will likely never have heard of Baojun, but it's one of many brands operated under General Motors' SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China. Its portfolio is mostly made up of small sedans, multi-purpose vehicles (small minivans), hatchbacks, and a crossover utility vehicle, but the brand recently undertook its...

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“We’ve got to place big bets” (Bill Ford, Jr.): OK, Then Launch An Electric (Not Hybrid) Mustang!

One of (among many) disappointing announcements from a major auto executive in recent years was in January 2017, when the CEO of Ford at that time, Mark Fields, promised hybrid versions of the company's iconic Mustang and F-150 pickup — by

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UK Government Spent 2X More On Fossil Fuels Than Renewable Energy Overseas

The UK Government spent more than double in supporting fossil fuels in developing countries than it did supporting renewable energy in developing countries, according to a new report conducted by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development and the Overseas Development Institute. UK Government Spent …

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Senate panel rejects clean-energy cuts, boosts DoE funding instead

The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently exhibited a quality somewhat rare in U.S. politics these days: bipartisanship. The committee released a lengthy report on the 2018 fiscal year budget for the Department of Energy that walks away from the Trump Administration's efforts to defund clean energy. In fact, the committee voted on a...

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Synfuels

What is meant by “externalized costs”? Externalized costs are real costs that are not quantified within the levelized cost calculations presented in the internalized cost articles. These costs are directly or indirectly paid by various sectors of the economy in forms such as pollution-related health costs, grid integration costs of intermittent renewables, and a reduction in the free […] The post Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Synfuels appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Trends in Electricity Prices in Europe: Expect More Volatility

Electricity prices in Europe will become volatile, variable renewable energy will grow but will still be supplemented significantly by conventional power plants. These are of some of the main outcomes of the power price scenario EU Energy Outlook 2050, released by Energy Brainpool. One of the major question marks for the power sector will be […] The post Trends in Electricity Prices in Europe: Expect More Volatility appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Does the U.S. Nuclear Industry Have a Future?

Maybe not, given the the cancellation of the VC Summer Plant and the bankruptcy of Westinghouse. There is a strong likelihood that future plans by U.S. electric utilities to build full size nuclear reactors are now being put on indefinite hold. Even though the NRC has issued licenses, investors may not see a reason to […] The post Does the U.S. Nuclear Industry Have a Future? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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South Carolina Utilities Stop Construction of New Nuclear Reactors

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, and South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) announced on July 31 that they are halting construction of two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant. The reasons cited for this decision include rising costs, decreasing electricity demand, construction delays, and the bankruptcy […] The post South Carolina Utilities Stop Construction of New Nuclear Reactors appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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How Rural Electric Co-ops and Public Power Utilities Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar

In 2015 a farmer walked into the office of a customer-owned electric cooperative in Wisconsin. He pulled out his checkbook and proceeded to write a check to the cooperative for $60,000. That day two other cooperative members followed suit, and the three of them bought up 10% of the brand-new community solar garden on the […] The post How Rural Electric Co-ops and Public Power Utilities Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Energy Efficiency and Industry: The National Trend

The industrial sector is unique among end-use sectors in that its energy intensity has declined consistently in recent decades, decreasing 45% from 1977 through 2016. The decline occurred even though the sector's energy use has fluctuated, its output has almost doubled, and economic activity has risen and fallen with economic cycles. This trend is promising […] The post Energy Efficiency and Industry: The National Trend appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article