Pursuing grid modernization in a monopoly model

June 13th, 2016 by John Farrell  Originally published on ilsr.org How can a state modernize its electric system when it’s in the hands of vertically integrated monopolies? We offer some thoughts via recent comments on a grid modernization docket being reviewed by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Background: the grid modernization docket is a relatively new requirement, asking the state’s largest investor-owned …

Arctic sea ice fell to record low for May. Greenland temperatures break record

Greenland has been abnormally warm this spring. (NASA) Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, soared to 75 degrees (24 Celsius) Thursday, marking the warmest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic country during June. Nuuk sits on Greenland’s southwest coast, where the country’s warmest weather typically occurs. It was warmer in Nuuk than it was in New York City, where the high was only 71 degrees. …

Beijing’s electric bikes and buses – in pictures

Vehicles are the source of a third of the air pollution in the Chinese capital, which restricts their use during episodes of heavy smog. Electric cars, buses, scooters and bicycles offer an alternative, cleaner form of transport.  The Guardian shares this pictoral overview.  http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/gallery/2016/jun/11/beijing-pollution-smog-electric-bikes-buses-china Heavy traffic passes along Beijing’s 3rd Ring Road, in the centre of the Chinese capital. Although …

Cummins/Paccar new Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% compared with conventional Class 6 vehicles

Cummins is teaming with Paccar to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% compared with conventional Class 6 vehicles. The project is backed by a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.  “When fully loaded, Class 6 vehicles weigh between approximately 19,000 and 26,000 pounds and typical examples …

“The cost savings for the electric trucks are staggering = stemming mostly from fuel costs and maintenance costs” say fleet operators

It is quickly becoming a common notion that the future of utility trucks will be zero-emission, battery-electric [1]. It is hard to dispute, especially when considering fixed-route urban services such as waste management trucks and street sweepers. Even low mileage utility trucks such as cement mixers and yard trucks are all presently integrated with truck chassis that have horrible fuel …

Class 8 heavy duty electric trucks, manufactured in US, going into service, “providing a model for truck electrification that can be scaled anywhere”

Fully electric trucks addresses air pollution in low-income, disadvantaged communities that have breathed diesel fumes for years SAN BERNADINO – The State of California is awarding $9 million to the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for 27 zero-emission trucks to replace diesel-powered heavy-duty tractors used in rail yards and large-scale freight distribution centers. The funds come from the California Climate …

LA, second largest city in the US, considering shift to 100% renewable

It takes a lot of energy to run all those lights. But could it all be green? Los Angeles is a city born of Thomas Edison’s inventions. The movie camera, obviously, helped propel it to become the second-largest city in the United States, but the light bulb, too, is integral to the city’s heritage. Unlike many of the country’s older …

10 degrees above average, Alaska is having its hottest year since records began

After a spring that was a full ten degrees hotter than normal, Alaska is on track for the most sweltering year on record Symphony Lake, near Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: mcav0y/flickr/cc) Like the rest of the world, Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it’s about to get hotter.  That’s according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic …

Wave energy project begins exporting power to Gibraltar’s power grid

June 7, 2016 Cross-posted from Renewable Energy World Wave energy developer Eco Wave Power on June 1 said that its Gibraltarian project officially began exporting power to Gibraltar’s power grid. The company said that the project is the first grid-connect Eco Wave Power plant and the first array of wave powergenerators to connect to the grid in Europe. Gibraltar Electric Authority …