NREL’s Sustainable Mobility Initiative, focus areas and publications

Cross-posted from NREL: http://www.nrel.gov/transportation/sustainable-mobility-initiative.html NREL’s Sustainable Mobility Initiative approaches sustainable transportation as a network of travelers, services, and environments—rather than just vehicles and roads—using connectivity and automation to optimize mobility and significantly reduce related energy consumption. This concept of an intelligent, integrated, and dynamic mobility system represents a meaningful change from today’s vantage point of linear trips and single-occupancy vehicles. Working …

5 key principles for guiding the rules of the 21st century electricity system: Changing legacy systems and choices within the monopoly grid model present in 35 states, EVs paid for grid regulation services

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff Written by John Farrell | Updated on Jul 28, 2016, originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-choices-within-monopoly-a-grid-of-the-future-conversation-with-jon-wellinghoff/ In November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, …

6 key water quality threats; meanwhile, water treatment costs have risen by 50% in a third of large cities around the world

By Natasha Geiling, 27 July 2016, Cross-posted from Climate Progress CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening to seriously undermine the availability of clean drinking water in many of the world’s major cities. According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

A different form of mobility

Excerpted and Cross-posted from Future Crunch More people got connected to the internet than ever before Globally, there are now 3.2 billion people online, and 2 billion of them are from developing countries. In 2000 those numbers were 300 million and 100 million respectively. It means the number of people with internet access has seen an eight fold increase in …

Transport agency making side areas available for vegetable gardening

By Jonathan Prynn, cross-posted from the London Evening Standard 22 September 2015 After Transport for London made the spot available, charity workers transformed a windswept station platform into a thriving fruit, vegetable and flower garden to brighten up commuters’ lives.  They plan to create dozens more across London. The “Energy Garden” at Brondesbury Park Overground station in Kilburn has been so successful …

Vancouver proceeds toward 100% renewable energy – including transport and heating – by 2050. Here’s how they are doing it!

Cross-posted from the redoubtable David Roberts at Vox.com and highlighting thoughts from Vancouver’s City Manager (and Chicago’s former environmental director) Sadhu Johnston. Last year, Vancouver, British Columbia, officially adopted the goal of powering itself entirely with clean energy by 2050.  That’s a bigger deal than it might sound. Plenty of North American cities have committed to getting all their electricity from …

Super-charging real-time status and availability updates desirable to EV users on long trips

Supercharging status being added to the in-car display will alleviate some of these communication issue and provide a much-needed channel for real-time status and availability updates directly to customers. Kyle Field shares his story about Living Through A Tesla Supercharger System Failure, on Clean Technica: One of the strengths of Tesla that we share over and over again is the Supercharging …

Sea level rise could be limited to 5-6 ft this century if we keep temp increases below 2°C – transition needed in next decade or two to save east coast cities

From Joe Romm/Climate Progress, 31 Mar 2016 — We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to new analysis. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise by 2100 — which would generate hundreds of millions of refugees. That isn’t even the worst-case scenario.  This latest …