November 22, 2017

November 21, 2017

November 20, 2017

Automakers Get Serious About Electric Cars

Volkswagen says it will spend $40 billion on electric cars, autonomous driving and mobility services by 2022. Other major automakers, from Toyota to Ford to Volvo, are also investing heavily in electric vehicle production to keep up with global demand. Reuters describes each company's EV plans.

China on Pace for Record Solar-Power Installations

China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, is on pace to install a record 54 gigawatts of solar power this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports. The new forecast is up significantly from July, and well above last year's 34.5 gigawatts.

November 16, 2017

Electric Trucks Emerging but Still Have a Long Haul

Tesla plans to unveil its electric semitractor-trailer today, and other companies are releasing designs for electric semis and vans. Global electric truck sales are expected to grow from 4,000 last year to 70,000 by 2026, but the cost and lack of highway charging infrastructure are still holding the technology back.

U.S. Biofuels Policy Contributes to Global Warming, Study Says

U.S. renewable fuel mandates are contributing to global warming and leading to carbon-rich areas like wetlands and forests being turned into farmland, according to a new study. The scientists said it could take 50 years for biofuels to reduce carbon emissions. A biofuels trade group questioned the research.

November 15, 2017

November 14, 2017

Who's in Charge of Puerto Rico? A Manhattan Judge Gets to Decide

A U.S. District Court judge in New York City is deciding who has the power to rebuild Puerto Rico's electric grid―the governor or the financial panel created by Congress. The power struggle is occurring as the island remains largely without electricity more than 60 days after Hurricane Maria hit. Read more from ICN about the conditions in Puerto Rico.

The Allure and Perils of Hydropower

Offering the promise of cheap, clean energy, hydroelectric power is popular in low-income countries, where thousands of projects are in the works. But in developed countries like the U.S., dams are being dismantled. New research raises questions about methane emissions and ecosystem impacts.

November 13, 2017

China to Resolve Renewable Energy Waste Problem by 2020

By 2020, China plans to prevent power generated by renewable energy from being wasted, cutting waste in some regions by up to 30 percent, according to the country's National Energy Administration. China also plans to improve its cross-region power transmission to boost renewables and reduce dependence on coal.

100% Electric Bus Fleet for Shenzhen by End of 2017

Shenzhen, China, which has a population of 11.9 million people, plans to shift its entire public bus transportation fleet to electric buses by the end of the year. The city already has 14,000 electric buses, with only a few hundred left to replace. Read more from ICN about how U.S. cities are making the transition to electric buses.

November 9, 2017

Ex-Trump Adviser Icahn Subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Over Biofuels

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has subpoenaed former White House adviser Carl Icahn for information about his push to change the Renewable Fuels Standard, the federal biofuels program. Icahn had resigned in August after drawing criticism that the changes would benefit his oil company.

U.S. House Approves Bill to Expand Hydropower

The U.S. House has approved a bill that would define hydropower as a renewable energy source and streamline the way projects are licensed, giving primary authority over the projects to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Opponents say the bill would give too much power over public waterways to industry.

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