If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …

Leading countries re: decarbonization

HSBC 2019 C-7 (Climate Seven Group of Countries) + top 3 EM countries 1st Germany 36% emissions decline since 1979 peak 1st place for policy outlook and 2nd for potential to respond 2nd place for green opportunities 2nd Sweden Over 60% of primary energy mix ‘clean’ Targeting zero net emissions by 2045 Lowest emissions per capita of C7 Group 3rd …

San José’s proposed reach code aims to make zero-emission electric buildings—where all equipment such as heaters and water heaters are powered by clean renewable electricity—the default in San José

San José’s Proposed Building “Reach Code,” Explained September 04, 2019 Pierre Delforge and Maria Stamas The nation’s tenth largest city, San José is reaching for a modern, more sustainable building energy code this September with an important opportunity before its City Council members: to adopt requirements for builders that will provide residents with clean, affordable energy in new buildings and make …

Nuclear power just doesn’t stack up against firmed renewables – already at price parity with new-build coal and gas and “well and truly” on track to becoming the lowest cost generation form. France halts plans to build costly sodium-cooled nuclear reactor

“Unfirmed renewables are effectively the cheapest form of energy production today,” said Alex Wonhas, the chief system design and engineering officer at the Australian Energy Market Operator. Nuclear power, meanwhile, was around four times more expensive – $16,000/kW for the still mainly conceptual Small Modular Reactor technology – and not fit for purpose on a rapidly changing Australian grid. RenewEconomy, …

Sierra Club: Shuttering coal plants could save ratepayers $138M a year

Wisconsin’s largest utility, WEC, had sought to deny the Sierra Club’s request for financial projections and other data on its coal-fired plants, arguing it fell outside the bounds of a rate case. “We believe the Sierra Club will either try to prevent full recovery or ask the Commission to directly shut down those plants,” attorney Joe Wilson argued at a July hearing. …

Ford Survey Finds Most People Have No Idea What An Electric Car Is Or What It Can Do

September 6th, 2019 by Steve Hanley  Ford insists it will introduce its Mustang-inspired electric SUV next year, which suggests it could be revealed as early as the LA auto show this December or the Detroit auto show next January. While the research and development is going on, the company decided it needed to get a handle on the attitudes about electric cars …

 the package of policies, called the “Climate Mission Agenda,” is close to 170 pages. Here are the five parts, all together: “100 percent Clean Energy for America” — a plan to get to 100 percent clean energy in electricity, new cars, and new buildings. (I covered it here.) “Evergreen Economy” — a 10-year, $9 trillion investment plan. (I covered it here.) “Global …

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Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 “The high ozone levels we observed on days when oil and gas activity was a primary contributor underscore the importance of better quantifying the contribution from oil and gas operations,” Cheadle said. “That understanding could support strategies …