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This Is the Drilling Method for Most US Oil But Regulators Offer Almost No Oversight

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and offshore drilling garner a lot of news headlines when it comes to oil and gas issues in America, but they're far from the only game in town, with those two drilling techniques not even constituting the majority of U.S. oil and gas production. For that, look to enhanced oil recovery (EOR), an under-regulated drilling method that has […] The post This Is the Drilling Method for Most US Oil But Regulators Offer Almost No Oversight appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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Tesla semi truck to test self-driving, capable of ‘platooning’: report

With Tesla, there's always something new coming up to keep owners, buyers, and fans excited. The company's main task over the next year is to get its lower-priced Model 3 electric car into volume assembly at high quality, a process CEO Elon Musk has called "production hell." But there's more to come, one of the new products being Tesla's promised...

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7 Countries That May Ban Gas & Diesel Cars

“We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040,” Nicolas Hulot, France's new ecology minister, said last month, adding that the move was a “veritable revolution.” It looks like England may follow suit. Jesse Norman, from England's Department for Transport has announced, "a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050. We believe this …

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Christiane Averbeck: “We work to put climate change on the political agenda”

Christiane Averbeck is the Executive Director of the Climate Alliance Germany, the broad civil society alliance for climate protection in Germany. Christiane Averbeck: “We work to put climate change on the political agenda” was originally published on

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk: “At a systemic level we are substantially more efficient than other carmakers.”

Coming off a landmark Tesla Model 3 launch event, Elon Musk sounded upbeat, positive and somewhat relieved on Tesla's recent conference call discussing the company's second quarter financial results*. He explained that this was: "maybe the best I've ever felt about Tesla. Last week stressed the hell out of me but I really think this is probably the best I've ever felt about the company." At one point, Elon said bluntly: "At a systemic level …

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2° Celsius Rise In Global Temperature Is Climate Change “Best Case Scenario”

A new study from the University of Washington finds the odds of global warming remaining at 1.5 degrees C or less is only 1%. More likely, the increase will be between 2 and 4.9 degrees C. 2° Celsius Rise In Global Temperature Is Climate Change “Best Case …

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How One Solar Developer Navigated the Crowded Inverter Market

When GCL Solar Energy began searching for an inverter company to supply its 83-megawatt solar farm in Wilson, North Carolina a couple of years ago, it had plenty of choices. Solar has spawned lots of startups, including a small army of inverter manufacturers. But when Frank Wang, supply chain director for GCL Solar Energy, evaluated potential inverter suppliers, he knew the company couldn't take any chances. “As the final project owner, we are focused on the project's power production and inverter …

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CarbonTracker Declares Renewable Power As Today’s Cheapest Option

According to a new report from the independent financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative, renewable power generation costs are already lower on average worldwide than fossil fuels. The new sensitivity analysis published by Carbon Tracker this week, End of the load for coal and gas? makes the bold claim that renewable power generation costs are already lower [&hellip

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Scotland Outpacing UK Emissions Reductions

New figures have shown that Scotland met its 2014 emissions reduction target, outpacing the United Kingdom as a whole in both 2014 and overall since 1990 — but experts believe there is still a lot of work to be done. According to figures published in a new report this week for the Scottish Government by [&hellip Scotland Outpacing UK Emissions Reductions was originally published on

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Global Energy Investment Drops 8% In 2015 Despite Strong Interest In Renewables

A new “first-ever” analysis report published by the International Energy Agency found that investment in the global energy system dropped 8% despite continued and strong investment in renewable energy, electricity networks, and energy efficiency. The new report, World Energy Investment 2016, was published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this week and represents what it calls [&hellip

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Tesla Autopilot 8.0, 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, V-6 TDI settlement progress: Today’s Car News

Today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims recently-unveiled changes to Tesla Autopilot could have prevented the fatal crash that occurred in May, the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid crossover debuts at the 2016 Miami Auto Show, and an Audi executive claims significant progress is being made toward a settlement for V-6 TDI diesel vehicles with illegal "defeat...

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Vattenfall Bid For Danish Offshore Wind Project Is Cheapest On Record

Swedish power company Vattenfall has turned the offshore wind industry on its head, by placing the lowest bid on the Danish Near Shore Wind Tender for two offshore wind projects located in the Danish North Sea. Vattenfall announced this week that it had won the Danish Near Shore Wind Tender (DNS), submitting its final bid [&hellip Vattenfall Bid For Danish Offshore Wind Project Is …

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: better prospects than Pathfinder, Murano for small hybrid SUV?

As predicted several years ago by a now-departed member of the Nissan product team, the third of three hybrid SUVs has rolled out. The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is the smallest of the three, and the company seems to be somewhat more optimistic about its prospects. Last year's 2016 Murano Hybrid rolled into the market almost unnoticed, and Nissan...

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India Wants to Install 40GW of Rooftop Solar by 2022—Here’s What It Will Take to Hit That Goal

The Indian government has rightly made rooftop solar power one of its top clean energy priorities -- here's how they can jumpstart the nascent market. With a bold goal of delivering 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022, India is helping to create one of the world's fastest growing solar markets. Impressive progress has been made toward building out the 60 gigawatts of utility-scale solar necessary to make good on the goal. However, the remaining 40 gigawatts of …

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Plug In America: 500,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles Have Been Sold In The US To Date

More than 500,000 plug-in electric vehicles have now been sold in the US, according to the nonprofit Plug In America. The announcement, which was made ahead of the ongoing (through the 18th), 6th-annual National Drive Electric Week, means that in “just” 6 or so years, the half-million mark has been reached. Not bad, but I [&hellip Plug In America: 500,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles …

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Top Volkswagen Engineer Pleads Guilty To Diesel Emissions Cheating Scandal Charges — Conspiracy To Defraud US Government, Commit Wire Fraud, & Violate Clean Air Act

The head of diesel competence at Volkswagen AG from 2008 until June 2016, James Robert Liang, has entered a guilty plea to a grand jury indictment of conspiracy to defraud the US government, to commit wire fraud, and to violate the Clean Air Act, according to recent reports. The maximum penalty for the charges is [&hellip

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Proterra Unveils New Electric Buses With 350-Mile Range — Catalyst E2 Series

The American electric bus company Proterra has unveiled a new series of long-range buses — the Catalyst E2 series — possessing a nominal range of 194–350 miles per full-charge. The electric buses, outfitted with battery pack capacities of between 440–660 kilowatt-hours (kWh), are of course able to go much further than that in the right conditions. Last month, at [&hellip

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Permitting Info For Hyperloop One Test Track In Las Vegas — What Does It Reveal?

An overview of the permitting to date in relation to the Hyperloop One test track in North Las Vegas, and to the nearby Metalworks manufacturing facility, was recently put together by Jack Cookson over at BuildZoom, providing a number of interesting new data points. In particular, it's been revealed that total estimated job value on [&hellip Permitting Info For Hyperloop One Test …

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for September 2016

It's once again time to survey the best deals on hybrid, electric, diesel, and fuel-efficient gasoline cars. With 2017 models arriving in larger numbers, carmakers and dealers are eager to move inventory of leftover 2016 vehicles. We have several 2016 models this month that are about to be displaced, and are consequently heavily incentivized...