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#TeslaCities … German Solar Record … Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors … (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories of 2017)

The year just wrapped up here in Europe. Below were the 30 most popular articles of the year here on CleanTechnica. Naturally, despite a slower production ramp than expected and planned, the big cleantech story of the year was the Tesla Model 3. However, no article about that car won the top spot. Surprisingly, the top spot was won by a piece I very quickly put together after almost deciding to go to bed instead. I think there's really something to that article's success, and I think Tesla would be wise to consider it — but …

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The Obscure ‘Poison Pill’ Senate Tax Provision Threatening Renewables

With the Senate tax bill speeding toward a vote, renewable energy trade organizations on Wednesday raised the alarm about an obscure and “extremely problematic” provision they say would pull the investment rug out from underneath renewables projects. “It's a crazy situation -- one that we should not be in at the moment,” said Greg Wetstone, CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy. “We are in an …

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Mexican Solar Sets a Record Low Price for Latin America

Prices for solar in Mexico's latest auction may not have set a new world record, but have raised eyebrows among analysts nevertheless. Average solar prices were in the $20 per megawatt-hour range, said GTM Research Americas solar analyst Manan Parikh. “I was surprised the average cost of solar broke the thirties because I thought the prices would stabilize more, given that the …

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Scientists demonstrate one of largest quantum simulators yet, with 51 atoms

Physicists at MIT and Harvard University have demonstrated a new way to manipulate quantum bits of matter. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, they report using a system of finely tuned lasers to first trap and then tweak the interactions of 51 individual atoms, or quantum bits. The team's results represent one of the largest arrays of quantum bits, known as qubits, that scientists have been able to individually control. In the same issue of Nature, a team from the University of …

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Oxford Economists Warn Of Vanishing Wealth Of Nature

Top economists from Oxford University have this week warned of the danger caused by Ministries of Finance and Treasuries ignoring their dependence on nature, which is in a perilous state of decline, and the potential for businesses and politicians to miss the increasing systemic risks as the natural world around us fails.

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Green Investment Group Launches Energy Solutions To Reduce Energy Costs & Cut Emissions

The Green Investment Group, part of the Macquarie Group, has this week launched a new service called Energy Solutions which will aim to help medium- to large-energy users reduce their energy costs and cut carbon emissions with no upfront costs for the user.

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NIO Capital To Raise $500 Million For Investment To Help China’s Auto Industry

NIO Capital, the investment fund established by the China-based electric vehicle manufacturer NIO, is now working with various prospective investors to create a $500 million fund to complement its first yuan fund, which it's now in the process of completing, according to unnamed sources quoted by Reuters

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LA auto-show cars, Tesla Model 3 tested, electric motorcycles, 2018 Nissan Leaf: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got news from the LA auto show, electric motorcycle updates, test data on the Tesla Model 3, and a preview of the 2018 Nissan Leaf. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We're at the LA auto show this week, and you can follow all the production-car and concept debuts on our Los Angeles auto show news page. The first of a range of...

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Australia Can Meet CO2 Emissions Target By 2030 With Renewables At Zero Net Cost

The Australian National University has published a new study which shows that Australia can meet its 2030 carbon emissions target of reducing emissions by 26-28% by 2030 by replacing all coal-fired power stations with renewables at zero net cost.

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Australia Pursues the Sodium Battery Dream

An Australian team is looking to commercialize a large-scale sodium battery technology, despite the chemistry's long and checkered history. Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW), New South Wales, are developing a 5-kilowatt-hour sodium-ion battery pack that can be used for stationary storage applications, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). A 30-kilowatt-hour battery system is due to be tested alongside solar panels at a Sydney Water sewage pumping station in 2019, said …

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RIP C-Max Energi, EU cuts carbon more, electric-car charging drone, fuel-cell Tesla: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got some far-out stories, from the hydrogen-powered Tesla to the flying drone that recharges your electric car while it's in motion. There's also a death notice for a plug-in hybrid, stiff new rules from the EU, and possible good news from the U.S. Senate. All this and more on Green Car Reports. It's Friday, so today's wacky story...

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It is Time for the UN Climate Process to Tackle Fossil Fuels

The word “fossil fuels” does not appear in the Paris Climate Agreement, write Georgia Piggot and Peter Erickson of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). They call on leaders to start addressing not just greenhouse gas emissions, but coal, oil and gas production as well. Courtesy Climate Home News. This week, negotiators are gathered in Germany for […] The post It is Time for the UN Climate Process to Tackle Fossil Fuels appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Will China Bring an Energy-Debt Crisis?

It is easy for those of us in the West to overlook how important China has become to the world economy, and also the limits it is reaching. The two big areas in which China seems to be reaching limits are energy production and debt. Reaching either of these limits could eventually cause a collapse. […] The post Will China Bring an Energy-Debt Crisis? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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How Clean Energy is Set to Overtake Coal in this Competitive Electricity Market

Look around the U.S. and you'll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid. But in addition to those success stories, markets […] The post How Clean Energy is Set to Overtake Coal in this Competitive Electricity Market appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election

Virginia's top corporate political contributor, Dominion Energy, had a rough night last night, as at least 14 candidates who pledged not to accept money from the monopoly utility won seats in a surprise wave election for Democrats. Depending on official counts that may take days or weeks, Democrats will likely tie Republicans with a 50-50 split in […] The post How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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More U.S. Distillate Is Being Exported

U.S. distillate exports have continued to increase in 2017, both in volume and as a share of total distillate production. Domestic distillate demand has remained relatively stable, increasing slightly from January through July 2017. Distillate exports from the United States reached a record high in July 2017 of 1.7 million barrels per day (b/d). In […] The post More U.S. Distillate Is Being Exported appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article