January 29, 2018

January 25, 2018

Plug Wars: The Battle for Electric Car Supremacy

German automakers are rolling out a network of high-power charging stations with Ford in hopes of setting an industry standard for plugs and protocols. To keep pace with electric vehicle sales, analysts say billions of dollars will have to be spent on standardizing global charging infrastructure.

January 24, 2018

Puerto Rico to Sell Off Crippled Power Utility PREPA

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced he intends to sell off the island's troubled power utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), to the private sector because it "has become a heavy burden on our people, who are now hostage to its poor service and high cost." Fewer than 64 percent of homes and businesses have power months after the storm.

January 23, 2018

Trump Issues 30% Tariff on Solar Panel Imports

The Trump administration issued its long-awaited decision on the U.S. International Trade Commission solar case, imposing a 30 percent tariff on imported solar modules and cells. The first 2.5 gigawatts of cell imports each year are excluded, and the tariffs will decline by 5 percent each year, ending at 15 percent by 2022.

UK Power Networks Aims to Unlock Hidden Grid Capacity

UK Power Networks, a British distribution network operator, launched a project to help the grid handle the growing number of electric vehicles while avoiding $378 million in upgrades. The company is using devices and software to balance loads, avoid constraints and reduce losses while freeing up some space on the grid.

Nissan Energy Solar Plugs Into Home Green Energy Business

Nissan has announced its new Nissan Energy Solar initiative, a battery pack solution that combines home solar panels with energy storage and can store excess energy or power electric vehicles. The company said the home installations start at $5,400 for a six-panel solar system.

January 22, 2018

January 18, 2018

January 17, 2018

In Colorado, a Glimpse of Renewable Energy’s Insanely Cheap Future

The bids Colorado's biggest utility is receiving for renewable energy and energy storage are breaking records. Based on the bids, wind energy in Colorado would be cheaper than energy from the state's existing coal plants, and solar would be cheaper than 75 percent of the state's coal energy.

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

The Renewable Fuel Standard requires the use of biodiesel made from soybean oil, which costs about $1.80 per gallon. Some economists argue that it is a wasteful misuse of resources and that the law is costing Americans about $5.4 billion a year.

Ferrari Has Plans to Make an Electric Supercar

Ferrari plans to make a battery-powered supercar to challenge Tesla's high-end electric cars. The company's CEO says Ferrari will build hybrid cars before electric, and "if there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first."

January 16, 2018

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