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Germany votes against the internal combustion engine

Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundesrat, voted in October to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. It is a resolution with no binding implications, but it did garner cross-party support. It is certainly a powerful statement of intent. Show More Summary

'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows

10 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Peak Energy

The Guardian has an update on the "great pacific garbage patch" - 'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows. The vast patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean is far worse than previously thought,...Show More Summary

The Search for Dark Matter

From deep underground to outer space, researchers supported by the DOE’s Office of Science are working to understand this mysterious type of matter.

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Standards Published in Federal Register

The second phase of greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles were published in the Federal Register yesterday, officially setting the schedule for fuel efficiency and emissions reductions.

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Beyond Net Metering To The Value Of Location

Beyond net metering: How location can help put a value on DERs; A new report outlines an algorithm that could help streamline value-of-solar processes Herman K. Trabish, February 18, 2016 (Utility Dive) Editor’s note: Since this story...Show More Summary

CDP Climate A List Revealed: Which Firms Lead in Reducing GHG Emissions?

General Motors, Johnson Controls, Apple and Microsoft are among the 193 companies on CDP’s Climate A List 2016, meaning they receive an “A” grade for their actions to mitigate climate change.

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Is A National Transmission System The Way To Cut Emissions?

Is a national high voltage transmission system the cheapest way to cut emissions?; Scientists call for HVDC lines connecting the nation’s wind, solar, and power markets Herman K. Trabish, February 19, 2016 (Utility Dive) Editor’s note:...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: How Utilities Can Partner With Vendors At The Grid Edge

Partnering for success: Utilities leverage innovative vendor relationships at the grid edge; A new study reports on opportunities utilities could seize to expand distribution system technologies Herman K. Trabish, February 23, 2016 (Utility...Show More Summary

Finding Private Sector Opportunities in the ‘New Carbon Economy’

Cashing in on climate change projects offers a huge financial opportunity for companies. Addressing the annual global environmental damage estimate, projected to reach $28 trillion by 2050, can be a profitable endeavor, Mark Ward, general manager of UL EHS Sustainability, said at the UL EHS Sustainability-hosted user forum last week. Show More Summary

Here’s How to Build 100% Clean Renewable Energy in the U.S. Before 2040

There really is a feasible way to build our way out of the climate crisis in time to avoid the worst effects of global warming, writes Tom Solomon of 350 New Mexico. We do it by rapidly replacing all fossil fuel-based energy with renewable energy built with current technology, installed in a smart grid.

Short Positions in U.S. Crude Oil Futures Held by Producers, Merchants at Nine-Year High

Short positions in West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures contracts held by producers or merchants totaled more than 540,000 contracts as of October 11, 2016, the most since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Working Smarter, Not Harder: How Companies Are Setting New Energy Goals

It’s no secret that companies use goals to push their businesses in a positive direction. Whether it’s about creating more value or reducing impacts, goals provide focus, direction, and a sense of urgency. Recently, a wave corporate, climate-related goals, such as renewable energy and emissions-reductions targets, have grabbed the public’s attention.

Dream Big: Decarbonization Key to Utilities’ Future

Utilities are undergoing a fundamental transformation as they wrestle with the challenges of climate change. The earth is warming and that can cause large, potentially hazardous changes in the climate and weather and have a widespread impact on human and natural systems. Show More Summary

“Clean Coal,” Explained

Perhaps, amid the nail-biting drama of the second presidential debate, you caught Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump make a quick and passing reference to “clean coal”, offhandedly stating that coal “could last a thousand years in this country.”

How Habitat III Will Kickstart a Revolution in Cities

Habitat III – the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which took place in Ecuador's capital, Quito, last week – solved the question of how cities can meet the needs of their expanding populations while at the same time being inclusive and sustainable.

Government Cooperation and the New Urban Agenda

It has been an exciting, action-packed first few days of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, where discussion ranges from resilience in informal settlements to data metrics for the world’s megacities. Much of the discourse so far has touched on the link between the Paris Agreement and the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which have not yet been explored.

Is It Possible for Electric Vehicles to Displace the Internal Combustion Engine?

As electric vehicles would make "dramatic" inroads into the car market, they could have noticeable effect on traditional cars that run on petroleum and the internal combustion engine.

Australia In Danger Of Missing Out On Solar Thermal

22 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Peak Energy

The latest IEA renewable market report conspicuously failed to mention Australia in it's list of desert-rich countries in developing solar thermal power - Australia In Danger Of Missing Out On Solar Thermal And Storage. The latest mid-term...Show More Summary

IEA: Renewables largest source of installed power capacity in the world

The IEA has released their Medium-Term Renewable Market Report - IEA raises its five-year renewable growth forecast as 2015 marks record year. The International Energy Agency said today that it was significantly increasing its five-year growth forecast for renewables thanks to strong policy support in key countries and sharp cost reductions. Show More Summary

India continues to baffle with rising steel output and lagging consumption

The steel industry in India continues to be a baffling box of contradictions. While Indian steelmakers are ramping up newly installed capacities and increasing output, Indian consumers remain stubbornly unmoved about consuming all that local steelmakers are making. Show More Summary

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