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 …

Otto big rig self-driving truck is real, says NYTimes, after a ride amid other vehicles

Excerpt from a Sept 2016 NY Times article… “The self-driving truck is real, and it’s spectacular. Two months ago, I rode in a prototype autonomous big-rig developed by Otto, a trucking company” from the NYTimes.  After self-driving was flipped on, the rig handled most conditions fairly well — it steered itself around bends and maintained a consistent distance from other vehicles. …

“Our most important infrastructure hasn’t been built yet”

By Theo Anderson, cross-posted from In These Times …Clinton is calling for $275 billionin new spending over five years and Trump is mocking her plan as too small. He told Fox Business Network in August that Clinton’s number was “a fraction of what we’re talking about.” Trump offered few specifics of his own but did say that he would double Clinton’s proposal, …

Incumbent utility monopolies try to change wording to turn public opinion against rooftop solar

Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy, by Nick Stumo-Langer Aug 18, 2016 What happens when utility companies lose ground as their customers cut consumption and seek innovative technologies like rooftop solar? New business ventures to capture customer interest? Other new technologies? Instead, investor-owned utilities (through the Edison Electric Institute trade organization) poured money into communications consultants, and the …

Ford announces plans for commercial operation AVs in 2021, specifically for ride hailing and ride sharing — No steering wheel. No gas pedals. No brake pedals. Driver not required.

https://shift.newco.co/fords-road-to-full-autonomy-36cb9cca330#.21rsd29pl We’re announcing our intent to have fully autonomous vehicles in commercial operation for a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service beginning in 2021. This is significant. Ford will be mass producing vehicles capable of driving fully autonomously within five years. No steering wheel. No gas pedals. No brake pedals. A driver will not be required. If someone had told you 10 …

Livable arterials help produce livable residential areas: low levels of design, high levels of traffic on arterials detract

Ed:  Quiet EVs and shared AVs may raise the desirability and residential property value of living on or very near arterials. When controlling for income, high levels of traffic as well as low levels of urban design on the arterial both detract from the livability of those living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Some results even suggest that residential streets with …

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, …

Enterprise software injected with machine learning for asset management, predicting traffic jams, redirecting deliveries and more

By Adit Singh, Cross-posted from ReCode.net Diego Schtutman / Shutterstock Born of the innovations of Big Data and possessed of a new net intelligence layer, self-learning software will have huge impacts on productivity across all departments of an enterprise.Imagine a set of smart sensors placed throughout a city that feed data to deep-learning systems. The systems then predict where traffic …

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 …