9 Awesome Urban Commons Projects in Ghent

P2P Foundation, August 28, 2017   Mai Sutton: Urban commons initiatives are booming in the Belgian city of Ghent, according to a new report. One of the researchers behind the study, Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation, says that “the ecosystem of commons-based initiatives in Ghent is quite exemplary precisely because it covers an ecosystem in an area that requires a lot of …

The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking: “Picking winners” doesn’t look so bad when you’re losing.

Updated by David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Aug 26, 2017 “Welcome to the small-government party. What kind of subsidies would you like?” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The US coal industry is dying — but not with any dignity. As the end approaches, its sense of aggrieved entitlement is increasingly naked, its demands for government handouts increasingly frantic. As dread builds, shame has left the building. The story …

UK Electric Cars 2x Greener Than In 2012

Aug 28th, 2017, by Jo Borrás, Originally published on Gas2. Remember that BS news story from around 2005 about a Hummer being greener to own than a Toyota Prius over the life of the car? That story got debunked less than a year later, as — even by 2006 standards — the Prius is a pretty clean car. As we head into the 2018 …

30 reasons your next car should be electric

From Zach Shahan at Clean Technica – 2016 but still relevant 1. It’ll save you time. Yes, despite the hype about charging times, there’s a good chance that driving electric will save you time. Imagine it like this: You have a gas station at your house. When you get home, you stick the nozzle in the car and go inside to …

NREL confirms wind and solar are cheapest generation

Clean Technica, 25 Aug 2017 The United States Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has updated its analysis of electricity generation technology costs, and it’s good news again for wind and solar, which come out cheapest alongside natural gas. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its 2017 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), the third edition of its highly respected analysis of …

Largest Container Shipping Line In Japan To Test Remote-Controlled Vessel, Working Towards Fully Autonomous Shipping

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 27 August 2017 In pursuit of its goal to achieve fully autonomous shipping, the largest container shipping firm in Japan, Nippon Yusen, will begin testing a remote-controlled vessel in the Pacific Ocean by 2019, according to recent reports. The testing will reportedly feature a crew on standby, in case safety needs call for intervention. Presuming that …

NREL: There are many ways to achieve high renewable penetration levels, 80% is not a problem

Overview from Clean Technica There are many ways to achieve high renewable penetration levels. According to an NREL study examining high renewable energy integration in the US, 80% of US electricity could be coming from renewables by 2050. Feel free to copy the above paragraph & link and use in response to incorrect claims that renewable energy can’t provide most of our electricity needs. For responses …

Ford could go ‘all-in’ on all-electric vehicles under new leadership

By Fred Lambert , Elektrek, 21 Aug 2017  76 Comments Ford’s electrification plan has been disappointing to EV enthusiasts. They focused on hybrid vehicles and the company’s first all-electric vehicle built from the ground up to be electric is not expected to arrive until 2020. But now an analyst sees an opportunity for Ford to go ‘all-in’ on EVs following the ousting of CEO Mark Fields …

Denmark Just Generated 140% of Its Electricity Demand From Wind Power, sold the excess to Germany, Norway and Sweden

Eugene Suslo/Shutterstock.com Science Alert, 15 July 2017 On a particularly windy day last week, Denmark’s wind farms produced between 116 and 140 percent of the national electricity requirements, and they weren’t even operating at their full 4.8GW capacity at the time. Eighty percent of the excess was shared by Germany and Norway, and Sweden got 20 percent of the spoils, …