France is paving more than 600 miles of road with solar panels:  In 5 years, France hopes the panels will supply power to 5 million people

(COLAS/Joachim Bertrand) France’s minister of Ecology and Energy announced that the country will pave 621 miles of road with solar panels over the next five years, with the goal of providing cheap, renewable energy to five million people. Called “the Wattway,” the roads will be built in collaboration with the French road-building company Colas and the National Institute of Solar Energy. The …

The U.S. could make a fast, cheap switch to clean energy

The U.S. Could Make a Fast, Cheap Switch to Clean EnergyMore Coal-fired power plants are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the United States, but new research finds that existing technology could cheaply slash the nation’s carbon spew nearly 80 percent by 2030. How? By transporting renewable energy from where the sun is shining and the wind is blowing to …

Nearly half of the states in the U.S. are examining or planning to examine at least some element of the value of distributed generation. Also, more states enact community solar legislation

Excerpt from http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/46-states-took-policy-action-on-solar-in-2015 Nearly half of the states in the U.S. are examining or planning to examine at least some element of the value of distributed generation. Maine is far from a leading solar state, yet its Public Utilities Commission already conducted a value-of-solar study that found the value was $0.33 cents per kilowatt-hour, far higher than the average retail rate. …

Winter tires for electric cars can reduce rolling resistance by as much as 30%

Nokian is making the first winter tire optimized for electric cars such as the BMW i3. It combines extremely low rolling resistance, excellent grip, and exceptional driving comfort, the company says. It is the first winter tire with an A energy rating and can reduce rolling resistance as much as 30%. In the good old days of motoring, if a car needed more …

GM fuel cell EV progress

“Half of the 8,600 designers and engineers who work on the products and controls that make GM cars and trucks move—literally—are involved with alternative and electric propulsion systems.” – Forbes GM seems particularly interested in making sure that people know about its fuel cell EV efforts. The release kicks off with this statement from executive VP for Global Product Development …

NY headed for 40% GHG reduction over 2030, 50% of electricity from renewables, and 23% reduction in energy use by buildings by 2030

New York is gambling big on the idea that its electric utilities can transform the grid into a decentralized 21st-century energy system.  The state Public Service Commission has approved demonstration projects by New York’s six investor-owned utilities that would test the waters for a more consumer-driven power market. Under New York’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan, the utilities …

200 mile plus range EVs for mass market prices

Two of the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) producers say that they will soon deliver 200+ mile range EVs at a game-changing price of $30,000 or less — including tax incentives. Until now, EVs have not been considered a mass-market consumer vehicle in the United States, but with battery prices continuing their unexpectedly rapid price drop, both General Motors and …