Why Automakers Try To Slow & Stifle The EV Revolution, Meanwhile, Tesla Takes Off

November 11th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan This is a repost from two years ago. The story is more or less the same today. The original title was, “What goes on in the minds of auto execs?” I’ve had a lot of fun recently while highlighting 50 “tips” for slowing the electric car revolution and writing about what the end of gasmobiles could look like, but the discussions left some …

Resource Adequacy and California’s transition to 50% renewable among its IOUs by 2020

When California’s lawmakers mandated 60% renewables by 2030 and targeted zero emissions by 2045 in Senate Bill 100, passed in September, they took on never-before-answered questions about reliability. One of those questions is how to keep the lights on without natural gas at the most supply-constrained times and places. Instead of a capacity market, which many systems use to meet these spikes, …

Next Gen Utility directions and business models

In our recent 2017 sector survey, only 5% of utility professionals said their business model does not need to evolve, while 90% said they are exploring new business opportunities around DERs. Though appetite for change is present, a clear menu of options remains elusive. Respondents indicated a variety of preferences for business model reforms, and differences in state regulations mean …

Polls show public supports leftist demands

Excerpt from In These Times, 8 Nov 2018 Alongside the push by social movements and progressive legislators for a more egalitarian politics, Democratic voters are moving decidedly left on issues ranging from immigration to race to economics. Republican policies like massive tax cuts for the rich, repealing Obamacare and cutting Social Security, meanwhile, are fantastically unpopular. A third of Senate Democrats (the most ever) …

Renewables (non-hydro) to power 72% of Germany by 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, 6 Nov 2018 In 2017, onshore wind power capacity accounted for the largest share of installed capacity in Germany with 24.1%, followed by coal with 22.1% and then solar PV with 20.2%. All up, non-hydro renewables contributed over half (51.6%) of Germany’s total installed power capacity in 2017. Looking forward, GlobalData sees Germany focusing on expanding …

Low cost, low speed LSEVs disrupting the market in China

There’s no denying that low-speed electric vehicles are widely sold and used in mostly rural areas of China. They are outstripping traditional EVs by volume. This has been widely reported in multiple outlets, although most EV outlets tend to focus on the much more expensive 3D-printed or GM-affiliated SAIC version. A quick visual primer on disruptive innovation to see what the question is …

Northern Indiana to go from 65% coal today to 0% by 2028 and save $4 billion in the process

Nov 8th, Clean Technica excerpt – full article at link On October 31, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan— the company’s road map to the future. After considering more than 30 different proposals, NIPSCO found a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and demand management — along with a small amount of purchases from Midcontinent ISO — to be …

Just how much more land, water, air and climate saving are Impossible Burgers?

Brown’s vision for Impossible Foods is so much grander than simply making a meat substitute. In the company’s Sustainability Report from 2017 they write: “Americans consume about 10 billion pounds of ground beef per year. The average American eats three hamburgers every week— nearly 50 billion burgers per year and about half of this is consumed in restaurants. In order to supply …

Carbon fiber small car on the road in Singapore

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/09/biomega-introduces-sin-electric-car-designed-for-urban-environments/ Again today’s bicycle makers are trying their hand at making automobiles. The difference is, 100 years ago those early cars all had gasoline engines. Today’s inventors are focused on the electric car revolution. Biomega is a Danish bicycle maker that began operations in 1998. Last year it introduced its first electric bike. This week, it introduced its new SIN 4-passenger …

New green building creates the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production, with beauty

Creating buildings with the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production, while still being aesthetically pleasing, is a challenge bringing together great minds to change the way we think about our living and working spaces. Here are some of our favorite sustainable architectural projects coming out of Shanghai, Paris, Dhaka, and Barcelona. The green hill The green hill Shanghai, …