Auto sector creating a new future, but Exxon, Chevron, BP and other oil majors yet to plug in – stretching out their old profit model as long as they can

Originally published on Energy Post. By Andreas de Vries and Salman Ghouri The major oil companies greatly underestimate the impact electric vehicles will have on their market, write independent energy advisors Salman Ghouri and Andreas de Vries. According to Ghouri and De Vries, the trends currently underway in the auto industry are likely to have a substantial impact on oil …

Coal plants in India being shut down due to lack of water, and the crisis could get far, far worse – 40% of plants are in water-stressed areas

Drought hits Indian coal plants and expansion plans, by Bob Burton and Ashish Fernandes on 24 March 2016 Shuttershock Despite the Indian Government’s determination to double or even triple domestic coal production, the power sector is now being hit by water scarcity – with a new report warning the crisis could get far, far worse. A little over a week …

China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam – seen as big growth areas by the coal industry – are likely to build far less than half of their planned coal plants

Investment in 1,500 new coal plants around the world  — around $1 trillion could be wasted if building proceeds, according to recent intelligence and industry reports About 1,500 new coal plants are in construction or planning stages around the world but electricity generation from the fossil fuel has fallen in recent years, a new report on the Final Boom and Bust, from the …

Making solar available in low-income areas provides lasting financial relief from high electric bills, expanded employment opportunities and improved health, says new report

Making solar energy available in low-income areas can provide lasting financial relief from high electric bills, as well as expanded employment opportunities and improved environmental health, says a new report released this week. The Low-Income Solar Policy Guide for strategies to achieve that goal comes from three national nonprofit groups: GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar and the Center for Social Inclusion. …

Nation leaking methane in massive quantities, according to geophysical research

“An explosive paper” published last month in Geophysical Research Letters,”concluded that the nation as a whole is leaking methane in massive quantities.”  Bill McKibben comments, below: Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure of certain gases traps …

TPP and TTIP would more than double the number of fossil fuel corporations with the power to challenge U.S policies in unaccountable ISDS tribunals

A new report, “Climate Roadblocks: Looming Trade Deals Threaten Efforts to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground,” explains that the recent free trade deals, TTIP and TPP “would more than double the number of fossil fuel corporations with the power to challenge U.S policies in unaccountable ISDS tribunals,” bestowing them to “100 foreign fossil fuel corporations that own more than …

Young Conservatives for Clean Energy Reform say instead of fighting over climate change, we can all rally around freedom, national security, and clean energy jobs

Angel Garcia, of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, is working to persuade Republicans about the need for renewable energy. In an interview with Diane Toomey at Yale360, he explains why his group avoids mentioning climate change when it makes its pitch to conservatives Young Conservatives for Energy Reform was formed in 2012 to promote a green energy agenda for Republicans. …

Solar panels, distributed energy, resilient microgrids, and blockchain, which allows secure monitoring and for participants to automate their transactions in local energy ecosystem using existing grid infrastructure

Brooklyn Microgrid Solar panels, distributed energy, resilient microgrids, and blockchain. Oh my! A New York startup aims to disrupt local energy markets with the introduction of community microgrids where individuals can buy and sell renewable energy from residential rooftop solar installations. The Brooklyn Microgrid will use an approach called the TransActive Grid, which is comprised of both software ​and hardware, …

Rapid shift to electric in heavy vehicles, as diesel garbage trucks are retrofitted with electric powertrains, and buses, boats, and delivery trucks go electric

The clang of garbage cans will still probably wake people way too early in the morning. But in Santa Rosa, California, at least, the roaring diesel engine will be quiet, replaced by a silent, electric motor. The electric garbage trucks scheduled to begin rolling there this summer may be less alluring than the sporty vehicles that engineer Ian Wright helped …