50 New 100% Electric Car Models By 2025 From Volkswagen Group!

September 12th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan in Clean Technica Volkswagen Group isn’t fooling around any longer, in my opinion. There’s plenty of room to remain cynical, but Volkswagen Group indicated yesterday that it is putting genuine skin in the game — big time.  Before I discuss the announcements further, let’s go through a quick thought exercise: How would we respond if Tesla announced it …

Japan’s “Do it Ourselves” model for community power

By Shota Furuya, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)  After the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster a community group in Tama City took an initiative for a community solar project. Often, community power innovation arises from adversity. Integrating numerous ideas, crafts and networks, a community solar startup in Tokyo leads the megacities’ community roof-top solar with an …

Harvey was a once-in-25,000-years storm and in isolated spots it was a once-in-500,000-years storm

Excerpt from The Guardian, 11 Sep 2017 Harvey was a once-in-25,000-years storm and in isolated spots it was a once-in-500,000-years storm.  Meanwhile, San Francisco not only beat its all-time high temperature record, it crushed it by 3F, which should be pretty much statistically impossible in a place with 150 years (that’s 55,000 days) of record-keeping.  That same hot weather broke records …

Now offshore wind is not only far cheaper than new nuclear but competitive with gas

EnergyDesk, 11 Sep 2017 © Greenpeace / Bas Beentjes Energy from offshore wind just got a lot cheaper. The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved to £57.50 per megawatt hour (MWh) since the last government auction in 2015, after two developers – Denmark’s Dong Energy and Spain’s EDP – bid aggressively for subsidy contracts to build …

Solar Power Does What? 4 Unusual Uses of Photovoltaic Technology

AUGUST 9, 2017 You are here Home » Solar Power Does What? 4 Unusual Uses of Photovoltaic Technology It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing …

Smart Cities: What Do We Need to Know to Plan and Design Them Better?

This essay was written for a workshop sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, held in Brooklyn on June 15, 2017.  Published on Medium.com August 2017 1. The most useful and flexible definition of the term ‘smart city’ is a city that employs digital technology to improve municipal management, governance, or long-range design and planning. This is a multi-stakeholder activity …

Hurricane Damages Will Hit U.S. Taxpayers Hard: Government watchdogs have been warning about the financial risks of climate change, from extreme storms to wildfires, and their impact on the U.S. budget

By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 11 Sep 2017 First Harvey, then Irma, and the hurricane season isn’t over. This is the year that repeated, dire predictions about the fiscal risks of climate change—its increasingly heavy burden on the federal budget—are coming true. The hurricanes’ successive blows may cost taxpayers more than they spent on relief and recovery in any previous …

World’s largest market ending production and sales of combustion vehicles

Bloomberg News, September 10, 2017 China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate the push into the electric car market led by companies including BYD Co. and BAIC Motor Corp. Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said the government …

Citizens’ revolution and the politics of participation in Ecuador

Excerpt from The Next System Project, August 2017 The politics of participation Initial excitement about profound progressive change in Ecuador seemed well-founded since the 2008 Constitution provided the framework for a more democratic, participatory and pluralist government and a more equitable economy. The 2009 Ley Orgánica de Participación Ciudadana (the Fundamental Law for Citizen Participation) codified the inalienable right to …

The data ecosystem of AVs are offering new paths to profit for carmakers

Carmakers have regained some of the upper hand in self-driving: Businesses once thought to be on the path to extinction are calling the shots when it comes to self-driving partnerships. BY JOHANA BHUIYAN@JMBOOYAH  AUG 7, 2017 Johannes Simon / Getty In 2014, Uber and Lyft were the future. Automakers like Ford and GM were under pressure as these fledgling startups threatened to …