The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit categories have just been announced

28 October 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Nonprofit, and Global High Schools categories have just been announced. The next step in the ZFEP evaluation process is that the ZFEP Jury, led by Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, will debate the merits and limitations of …

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy. Also, Highlights from “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” by Sam Pizzigati

When public institutions are governed by private interests. By Ralph Nader, 4 Oct 2017 on Common Dreams A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise …

Pricing cuts traffic. Massachusetts lawmakers have already proposed a tax on driverless vehicles to prevent zombie cars. The bill calls for a per-mile fee of at least $0.025.

By Danielle Muoio, Business Insider, 4 Jun 2017 A fleet of self-driving Ubers in Pittsburgh. Business Insider/Corey Protin Self-driving cars might make your future commute a lot more pleasant, but they won’t eliminate traffic. Execs like Google cofounder Sergey Brin have touted traffic reduction as one of the many benefits of having self-driving cars on the road. The idea is that autonomous cars will eliminate accidents caused by …

Including avoided cost for electricity when valuing local generation by wind and solar

September 11th, 2017 by John Farrell Originally published at ilsr.org. A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed in the rural city of Red Lake Falls. The law, known as PURPA, was designed to promote local renewable generation by requiring utilities — even monopolies — …

It’s time to stop pretending that roads pay for themselves: Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use

By Angie Schmitt, 25 Nov 2015 If nothing else, the current round of federal transportation legislating should end the myth that highways are a uniquely self-sufficient form of infrastructure paid for by “user fees,” a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls. With all the general tax revenue that goes toward roads in America, car infrastructure has benefited from hefty subsidies for many …