Embark — New Self-Driving Truck Startup testing on public roads in Nevada

By James Ayre on Clean Technica on 28 Feb 2017 A self-driving truck startup by the name of Embark was granted approval by the State of Nevada earlier this year to begin testing of its technology on Nevada’s public roads. Following that approval, the company has apparently decided to emerge from cover. Presumably, it would get found out before too long anyway. …

Pumped Hydro Storage Could Secure 100% Renewable Electricity For Australia

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica, 28 Feb 2017  A new report has found that pumped hydro storage could help secure a 100% renewable electricity future for the Australian electricity grid. A new study published this week by the Australian National University (ANU) claims that pumped hydro storage could be used to help build a secure and cheap Australian electricity grid …

Huge public savings in store as states move toward “transportation electrification”

Expanded Use Of EVs in CT, MA, MD, NY & PA Could Yield “Multi-Billions” In Savings & Benefits   From Massachusetts and New York to California, state governments are embracing plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and are setting—and achieving—goals to put PEVs on the road and removing petroleum-burning cars and trucks. States are finding that they can realize big benefits from …

Digitalisation and decentralisation are the driving forces in the evolving Energiewende

Excerpt from interview with Andreas Kuhlmann, in The Beam. Kuhlmann is Chief Executive of the German Energy Agency (dena), working on Germany’s Energiewende and dena’s new initiative, the “Start Up Energy Transition” that, in his words, aims to “bring pioneers and enablers of global energy transition together, and to establish an international network of companies, start-ups and sustainability-conscious organisation What is …

Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, with “Smoke and Fumes Committee” and Funding of Researchers at Institute

Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal A trove of newly uncovered documents shows that fossil fuel companies were explicitly warned of the risks of climate change decades earlier than previously suspected.  And while it’s no secret—anymore—that the companies knew about those dangers long ago, the documents, published by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), …

How a climate-friendly flour company built a flourishing market

Shutterstock By Patrick Mazza on Feb 20, 2017 Shepherd’s Grain sells not only high-quality flour made from wheat grown with no-till practices, it also sells the story of no-till, a farming method that eliminates the significant climate-warming carbon releases caused by plowing. Based in Portland, Oregon, the company sources wheat directly from family farmers around the interior Pacific Northwest and …

Outside bubbles, to say ‘America is already great’ rings hollow

By Chris Arnade in Youngstown, Ohio, The Guardian, 22 Feb 2017. Parts of America have been on a downward trajectory for decades say residents  Anthony Rice on the election: ‘We didn’t have a dog in this fight’. Photograph: Chris Arnade Anthony Rice’s house in Youngstown, Ohio is a mile away from a river valley once filled with factories offering jobs. Many of …

Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The Guardian, 17 Feb 2017:  Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report  By 2035, electric vehicles could make up 35% of the road transport market, and two-thirds by 2050. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images for Go Ultra Low Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide …

Distributed Energy Resources 101: Required Reading for a Modern Grid

February 13, 2017 | By Jamie Mandel, Tanuj Deora, Lisa Frantzis in SEPA Power.org Keeping up with the influx of new information on distributed energy resources (DERs) can be daunting. DERs are physical and virtual assets that are deployed across the distribution grid, typically close to load, and usually behind the meter, which can be used individually or in aggregate …