Tony Seba RethinkX findings on rapid electricity decarbonization and ramp-up of renewables

» It is both physically possible and economically affordable to meet 100% of electricity demand with the combination of solar, wind, and batteries (SWB) by 2030 across the entire continental United States as well as the overwhelming majority of other populated regions of the world. » The Clean Energy U-Curve captures the tradeoff relationship between electricity generation and energy storage …

Start-up bets on new model for putting electric school buses on the road

Sarah Shemkus November 2, 2020, US Energy News Duncan McIntyre, left, CEO Highland Electric Transportation, stands by as Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill speaks during a ceremony unveiling the first electric school bus for the Beverly school district, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020. © David Sokol / USA TODAY NETWORK Highland Electric Transportation has partnered with a Massachusetts city to provide electric …

Urban Noise Increases Risk of Alzheimers

Study finds that long-term exposure is linked to dementia By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, October 28, 2020 With the pandemic raging, many cities around the world have introduced “quiet streets” to reduce traffic and make safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. However, there may be other benefits and other reasons to make them permanent; a recent study has found a correlation between long-term exposure …

How the future will be better when combustion vehicles are phased out — this reality is coming to pass in CA, NJ and multiple countries

“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse — and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.” – …

What Is the Carbon Footprint of Transportation? Driving big cars and flying short distances are the worst.

Lloyd Alter https://www.treehugger.com/what-is-the-carbon-footprint-of-transportation-5081940 October 13, 2020 The statistician and engineer W. Edwards Deming once said “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” Some of the best data come from the Our World in Data team at Oxford University. Their latest looks at what form of transport has the smallest carbon footprint. Probably to no one’s surprise, driving a big car …

Elon Musk downplays V2G usefulness

Eventually, Musk has said he hopes Tesla will produce 20 million vehicles a year as the demand for electric vehicles increases. Higher adoption of EVs is expected to drive electric grid demand, but Musk seemed to downplay the ability of plug-in vehicles to provide some services to the grid or to power homes. Questions about V2G usefulness  “Vehicle-to-grid sounds good …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Nearly half of Californians live in multi-family housing, but only 18% of chargers are located there

Sep 28, 2020, Forbes, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, Amanda Myers Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring the exclusive sale of zero-emission passenger vehicles (ZEVs) starting in 2035. This executive order raises the state’s ambition to reduce transportation emissions and other harmful pollutants, but the state will likely miss this goal unless all Californians can gain access to electric …

It’s Official — Consumer Reports Confirms EV Owners Spend Half As Much On Maintenance

September 26th, 2020 by Steve Hanley  Data is king and when it comes to information on the frequency of repairs on automobiles, Consumer Reports has more data than anyone. For its latest report, it did a deep dive into the data from its 2019 and 2020 reliability surveys of electric and gasoline powered vehicles. After crunching all the numbers, Consumer Reports says “drivers of electric …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …