Blockchain Is Reimagining the Rules of the Game in the Energy Sector

August 28, 2017  |  By Douglas Miller and Claire Henly at RMI.org Through the Energy Web Foundation, RMI is supporting the commercial implementation of blockchain applications that promote investments in clean, secure, and reliable electricity systems worldwide. Blockchain technology has the potential to accelerate the transition to the clean energy future that Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has been focused on since the organization’s inception. Specifically, …

Debt or Democracy: Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice

Local initiatives can lead to modest gains in sustainability, but not the large-scale transformation we need. Meeting that challenge will require, among other critical factors, substantial changes in how we create and use money. As its history demonstrates, money is a social and political construct. It is the privatization of money—and not money itself—that has fueled social exploitation and environmental …

700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking

August 7th, 2017, By Chris McCahill, SSTI, 700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking A new study finds that garage parking costs the average renter an additional $1,700 per year (17 percent) nationwide. For the average carless renter, the extra cost of unused parking is $621 per year (13 percent). That amounts to $440 million in losses across …

Using big data from from cellphones, mobile apps, and in-vehicle GPS devices to understand travel patterns

Here is a new resource for decision-makers interested in using big data to understand travel patterns, but who are not sure how to get started. This new brief provides an overview of trip-making data from cellphones, mobile apps, and in-vehicle GPS devices. It shows example applications and offers lessons learned from our recent Connecting Sacramento study and from past studies in Colorado and Virginia. With …

Class 7 all-electric truck from Cummins has a 145 kWh battery and can haul a 22 ton trailer for up to 100 miles, version with a diesel range extender

August 30th, 2017, by Steve Hanley  This story about the Cummins Class 7 electric truck was first published on Gas2. With Tesla ready to roll out its Tesla Semi in September, Cummins stole a bit of the Silicon Valley company’s thunder by unveiling its own all electric Class 7 electric truck on August 29. Cummins does not make trucks, it makes the powertrains that make …

Governments face ‘wave of legal action’ over climate change inaction as natural disasters worsen, activists warn

Companies could also find themselves in legal trouble, environmental lawyers say By Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent, The Independent, UK   Coastal communities in California are suing fossil fuel firms over sea level rise caused by global warming Bruce Bennett/Getty Images A “wave of legal action” over climate change has already begun and cases will become more likely to succeed as the scientists get better …

Uber-transit partnership: Uber app used to summon city on-demand transit

By Robbie Webber, SSTI, 28 Aug 2017, Colorado city teams with Uber app to summon on-demand transit In a first-of-its-kind partnership in the U.S., a city has partnered with Uber to use existing transit vehicles to provide on-demand service. Resident of Lone Tree, Colorado, can now use the Uber app to request a 12-passenger vehicle and driver provided by the city’s …

Renault, Nissan, & Dongfeng To Build $8,000 Electric Car In China

August 29th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Renault and Nissan have signed a cooperative agreement with Dongfeng Motor Group. Nissan and Renault will each own 25% of the new company, with Dongfeng owning the remaining 50%. The new business venture, known as eGT New Energy Automotive Company, will focus on building an electric car for the Chinese market that sells for …