WIth the right policies, passenger vehicles could shift to power by electricity and renewables

By Patricia Monahan and Dan Adler in Utility Dive. Patricia is the director of the transportation program at the Energy Foundation, and was previously a senior analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team lead at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dan is vice president of power strategies at the Energy Foundation and was formerly a managing director at the California Clean Energy Fund and senior …

Colorado wind (2 GW) can economically and reliably replace 6000 GWh of Coal

 Today’s changing economic realities are significantly boosting renewable energy’s potential to lower utility costs for consumers. In Colorado, Ron Lehr and a team of financial analysts revealed the stunning results of a two-year study of clean energy generation potential. Grover, Colorado wind farm. Credit: Carlye Calvin, UCAR.edu, Colorado Renewable Energy Realities in Colorado At the end of 2013, following a …

VW electric van and delivery vehicle will re-charge to 80% in 45 minutes

Cross-posted from Clean Technica Another day, another new Volkswagen electric vehicle concept. This time, the concept is somewhat compelling — an electric van with a 100 kilowatt (kW) motor and a 43 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, accompanied by a single-charge range of over 200 kilometers (~125 miles) on the NEDC testing cycle. “Somewhat compelling” ignores the fact that Nissan has been offering …

US to Fail Paris Emissions Pledge Without ‘Fundamental Change’: Report

‘This is a call to action to ensure we close the remaining gap’ By Nadia Prupis, staff writer on Common Dreams The country is so far behind in emissions slashing that even if it implemented a slew of new clean energy programs now, it could still miss its 2025 target by nearly 1 billion tons. (Photo: Ian Britton/flickr/cc) The U.S. is on …

New e-bus gets 350 miles on a charge

 PROTERRA IN THE WORLD of electric vehicles, Tesla gets most of the love. Over 100,000 of Elon Musk’s big, bad autos are zooming around the world, gasoline-free. But how many of those can claim to take an additional 40-odd cars off the road—each? That’s the promise of the Catalyst E2 Series, a new electricbus debuting today that’s aimed squarely at city …

Losing health and labor due to air pollution – more than we knew

A new report from the World Bank has concluded that air pollution is the deadliest form of pollution, and the fourth leading cause of premature deaths worldwide, while costing the global economy about $225 billion in lost labor income in 2013. The new study published by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) this week, The …

Aviation is largest source of lead emissions in the air and causes over a billion dollars in lost wages due to IQ effects annually, in addition to other damages

Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions Philip J. Wolfe*†, Amanda Giang‡, Akshay Ashok†, Noelle E. Selin‡§, and Steven R. H. Barrett† † Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States ‡ Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States …

200 mile range EV for about $30K due out in new few months

August 19th, 2016 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica An official Chevy photo from CES captured the author (in the Tesla jacket and glasses) snagging close-up photos of the big reveal. At the ACT Conference in Long Beach, California, in April, Chevrolet shared that the Bolt would be available for pre-orders in August 2016, with deliveries starting around October 2016. Being …

Coal causing 366,000 deaths a year and transportation 137,000 deaths per year from air pollution in China

An August 2016 report by the Health Effects Institute provides the first comprehensive assessment of the current and predicted burdens of disease attributable to coal-burning and other major sources of air pollution in China at the national and provincial levels.  Top findings: Coal-burning was the most important contributor to ambient PM2.5, responsible for 40% of population-weighted PM2.5 in China. Given the large …