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Nov 17, 2018

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Drop Your Oil!

Nov 17, 2018: The Beam #7 Editorial was written by Carola Hein, Professor and Head, History of Architecture and Urban Planning Chair, Delft University of Technology.

US Military Bases Using Solar, Wind, & Battery Storage For Energy Security

Nov 17, 2018: Trump says America needs coal for grid security. The military proves otherwise. Military bases are using wind, solar and battery storage to stay resilient in the face of extreme weather or attack…

Ski resorts go green in the face of climate change 

Nov 17, 2018: Get your skis shined up Colorado, there’s snow in the forecast this weekend.  And this year several Colorado ski resorts are using renewable energy to get ready for your arrival.  Arapahoe Basin’s snow-makers are now powered entirely by solar.  Wolf Creek is using solar 100 percent to power their entire resort.  This year Vail’s Blue Sky Basin was..

CA Leaders Must Stand for Clean Energy Amid Big Oil Spending

Nov 17, 2018: Californians sent an unequivocal message to the rest of the nation this election that the state will not waiver in pursuit of our climate goals by electing pro-environment majorities to both houses in the legislature and an energetic environmental leader in Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, who has called climate change "an existential threat." Still, Californians should remain..

Five Ways to Leverage Your Talent Brand to Attract Great Candidates

Nov 17, 2018: Have you ever struggled to hire the right people? Do most of the people you interview seem like a questionable fit at your company? It might be a symptom of not using your employer brand to your best advantage. An employer brand is what employees and candidates say about your company and the work experience when you’re not in the room. It’s not something you can go out and buy, or..

GAS UTILITY NEEDS BETTER CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

Nov 17, 2018: CREDIT: BOSTON GLOBE$800 million, and sure to go higher. That’s the cost, so far, for the gas utility responsible for a series of home explosions that occurred in three suburban Boston communities in September.CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAYBOOKIt doesn’t appear that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts read the crisis communications playbook or learned the lessons of the Tylenol..

Build the Grid for Robots – Your New Customer!

Nov 17, 2018: Build the Grid for Robots – Your New Customer!By:Eamonn McCormick, Chief Architect, Energy Blockchain Consortium, LLCStuart McCafferty, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Management ConsultingThe energy industry is about to be reshaped by a new robotic customer. Look around! The robots are coming and they are here to stay.The growth in robotics and artificial intelligence is quickly..

Tesla, GM, Yamaha, & Ducati All On The Electric Bike Bandwagon

Nov 16, 2018: Electric bicycles are having a moment. Major global companies which make cars and motorcycles are suddenly delivering or talking about delivering electric bicycles. What's going on…

A Look Inside Tesla’s Solar Gigafactory In Buffalo, New York

Nov 16, 2018: A local news affiliate went inside Tesla's 1.2 million square foot Gigafactory 2 in upstate New York for a firsthand look at what the company is doing inside its less celebrated solar Gigafactory…

How to decode confusing labels on common household cleaners

Nov 16, 2018: Have you ever aimed some cleaning spray at your kitchen countertops and wondered what is actually inside the bottle? With all of the confusing chemicals and terms listed on product labels, it can be hard to know what is inside the cleaning products we bring into our homes. “People are surprised to find that dozens of toxic chemicals are in the [conventional] household products we use every day and go almost totally unmonitored and unregulated by our government,” says Alan Greene, MD, clinical...

Vail Resorts Will Be Net Zero By 2020, Thanks To VPPA

Nov 16, 2018: Vail Resorts has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy, a division of Orsted, that will allow it to obtain 100% of all the electricity it needs for its North American operations from wind turbines. Schneider Electric helped facilitate the VPPA.

Volkswagen Converting Zwickau Automotive Plant To Produce Electric Vehicles

Nov 16, 2018: In a move that it believes is the first of its kind in the world for a major car factory, Volkswagen is converting its automotive factory in Zwickau, Germany from the production of internal combustion vehicles to produce electric vehicles. The news this week builds on a higher level announcement that VW issued about the conversion of the Zwickau plant to support electric vehicles late last year…

An old warehouse is remade into a stylish hotel with a copper chevron crown

Nov 16, 2018: An 80-year-old warehouse has been elegantly remade into the chic Paramount House Hotel, a boutique property that champions sustainable practices in more ways than one. Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture, the adaptive reuse project in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia houses 29 rooms, each unique, as well as a sun-soaked lobby that weaves original architectural features together with contemporary elements. In addition to the sensitive renovation of the historic building, the architects...

Rad Power Bikes Rolls Out New eBike Lineup For 2019

Nov 16, 2018: Rad Power Bikes' Rad Rover and Rad Wagon impressed CleanTechnica's Nicolas Zart and now the company is kicking things up a notch with a refresh of its lineup for 2019. The refresh is being led by the introduction of a new folding, step-through ebike called the RadMini Step-Thru that makes its RadMini an easier bike to ride with a step-through design and a more compact frame…

Canadian Solar Reports Middling Third Quarter But Lowers Full-Year Guidance

Nov 16, 2018: Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, announced its third-quarter financial results on Thursday, revealing middling performance which saw the company beat earnings expectations but miss its guidance on revenue, forcing it to lower its full-year 2018 revenue guidance for the second time this year…

5 tips for beautiful, sustainable Thanksgiving decor

Nov 16, 2018: November marks the season of Thanksgiving. With Halloween decor packed up and Christmas trimmings still in totes, it’s time to focus on unveiling the essence of Thanksgiving in your home. Aisles of decor line the store shelves, but many of those options contribute to environmental issues. By making some conscientious decisions you can reduce transport emissions, eliminate plastic consumption and give used items new life while giving your home the holiday flair you invision. While pulling together...

Spain Is Considering 100% Renewable Electricity & 90% Emissions Reduction By 2050

Nov 16, 2018: Recent reports have suggested that the Spanish government is currently preparing a Law on Climatic Change which would seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in 2030 and by 90% in 2050, while targeting 70% renewable electricity generation by 2030 and 100% by 2050. …

We Are So Screwed: Study Warns Of 5 Degree Celsius Warming By 2100

Nov 16, 2018: A new climate research study predicts that if the world's leading countries continue doing what they are doing to rein in carbon emissions, average global temperatures by the end of this century will be 4 to 5 degrees Celsius higher than they were prior to the Industrial Revolution. That amounts to a death sentence for humanity.

A dull, 26-year-old Airstream becomes a bright, cozy home on wheels

Nov 16, 2018: Related: A 1972 Airstream becomes a bright, 198-square-foot home for a family of four + Augustine the Airstream Via Dwell Augustine the Airstream, Augustine Airstream renovation, Nate and Taylor Lavender…

82% Of G20’s Energy Supply Still Comes From Fossil Fuels

Nov 16, 2018: A new report published this week has determined that 82% of the G20's energy supply is still sourced from fossil fuels and none of the countries' climate pledges are on a 1.5˚C-compatible pathway, contributing to a current trend which will see global warming of 3.2˚C unless G20 nations halve their emissions by…

Bifacial Solar Panels On Trackers Help RAI Win 50 Megawatt Solar Auction In Jordan

Nov 16, 2018: The bid that won a 50 megawatt solar plant award in Jordan for RAI Energy International was as low as it was only because the design was based on bifacial panels and on single axis trackers, says Mohammed S. Alrai, CEO of the San Jose-based company. At $0.0250 per kilowatt-hour, RAI secured second place among 30 bidders, edged out of first place by panel manufacturer Jinko, which bid $0.02488/kWh…

Solar Energy Beats Coal On Critical Infrastructure Resilience, Says DOE

Nov 16, 2018: Despite Trump's pro-coal rhetoric, the US Department of Energy promotes solar energy as a key element in grid and critical infrastructure resiliency…

Stem Is Moving Beyond Energy Storage Into Solar+Storage Solutions

Nov 16, 2018: CleanTechnica connected with Stem's SVP of global sales and marketing, Alan Russo, at Solar Power International this year to get the inside scoop on what makes Stem tick today and how that's changing now that it is folding solar into its catalog of turnkey solutions…

Meet 4 Inspirational Women Working In Environmental Science Today

Nov 16, 2018: Women have made major contributions to climate change research and to broader analyses of global environmental issues. Yet, they are generally underrepresented in key disciplines for the study of climate change and many of them have faced various barriers to their success and recognition.

The LA Auto Show Unveils Its Speaker List, & Guess Who We’re Interviewing

Nov 16, 2018: The Los Angeles Auto Show just released the list of its speakers and programs a week before the event. The good news is that we will not only be there to cover the auto show's pre-public media days but also interviewed one of its speakers this week in Santa Clara, California. Here's our LA Auto Show Sneak Peak…

Pearl Homes & sonnen Deliver The Sustainable Home Of The Future, Today

Nov 16, 2018: Residential energy storage leader sonnen is taking another step forward with its sonnenCommunity solution with the announcement of the Hunters Point - Pearl Homes Community and Marina in the small fishing village of Cortez, Florida…

[Updated With Pricing] Tesla Model 3 Configurator Opens In China

Nov 16, 2018: We reported earlier today, based on tweets from Elon Musk, that Tesla plans to start delivering Model 3s to customers in China in March of 2019. Or, more cautiously, in April. Now we have word from our friend Vincent in China that the Tesla Model 3 configurator has just opened for reservation holders in China. More in a moment…

Tesla Reaching Out To US Model 3 Reservation Holders To Ask If They Want A Refund

Nov 16, 2018: Tesla is in an interesting position. Hundreds of thousands of people put down reservations for a Model 3, perhaps 100,000 of them (or not quite) have now gotten their cars, and hundreds of thousands are still waiting. Many of those people are overseas, but plenty are surely still in the United States. Who are they? Are they going to order? If not, are they ever going to ask for a refund…

Tesla Slashes Solar Pricing 10–20% To Make Solar More Affordable

Nov 16, 2018: Tesla is slashing prices on its solar systems 10–20% in recognition of the progress it has made streamlining its solar sales process by integrating Tesla Energy products into its existing high-traffic storefronts…

IHS Increases Its 2018 China Solar PV Outlook To 40 Gigawatts

Nov 16, 2018: IHS Markit has revised its 2018 China solar PV forecast upwards to 40 gigawatts (GW) in the wake of news that the country's National Energy Administration is considering increasing its 2020 PV target to as much as 270 gigawatts…

Austin Energy Brings Its “EVs Are For EVeryone” Campaign To Area Schools

Nov 15, 2018: Austin Energy has an EVs For Schools program that teaches students about electric mobility. What an interesting idea!

Vestas To Install First 4.2 Megawatt Wind Turbines In Australia

Nov 15, 2018: Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas announced this week that it has been selected to supply wind turbines to a wind farm set to be built in Victoria, Australia, the 336 megawatt (MW) Dundonnell Wind Farm, which was the largest successful project out of the state's 928 MW Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. …

Tesla To Deliver First Model 3s To Customers In China In March/April 2019 — Hot!

Nov 15, 2018: Tesla's customers in China could be receiving their Model 3s as early as March or April, according to hot news today from a little blue bird. Tesla is continuing to ramp up its supply chain teams in preparation for the Model 3 launch abroad, and CEO Elon Musk noted that there could be a few deliveries to China in March, but that April was more certain…

Tesla, GM, Nissan, & Rest of the EV Drive Coalition Push Congress to Rethink the EV Tax Credit

Nov 15, 2018: Should the incoming US Congress modify the EV tax credit…

The Nogal House saves energy with smart site-specific design

Nov 15, 2018: Mexican architecture practice BGP Arquitectura recently completed the Nogal House, a contemporary dwelling in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico that’s shaped by its environment in more ways than one. Named Nogal after the existing type of walnut trees on site, the building features a curved and asymmetrical layout informed by the locations of the trees and site preservation goals. The residence also adopts passive solar principles to minimize its energy footprint and uses insulated double glazing...

Tesla Cars Could Deliver Themselves In ~1 Year (If Regulators Approved), Tesla Buys Trucking Companies In The Meantime

Nov 15, 2018: In its relentless pursuit of a brighter future — especially through the design, production, and delivery of mass-market electric vehicles — Tesla has put its vehicle delivery process under the microscope, as revealed in new tweets from CEO Elon Musk…

Spain launches plan for 100% renewable electricity by 2050

Nov 15, 2018: Spain’s social democratic government has launched an ambitious plan to change the country’s electricity system by 2050. In an effort to completely decarbonize their economy, Spain will be switching their entire electricity system to renewable sources over the next thirty years with a goal of slashing their greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent compared to 1990 levels. This is part of Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition law, and the government is committing to installing a...

China’s NEV Cap & Trade Program Begins January 1. Will It Make China The Leader In EV Manufacturing?

Nov 15, 2018: The new Chinese cap and trade program for electric cars takes effect January 1. What happens in China could have a profound impact on the global auto industry and emissions policies in other countries.

US Solar Customers Prefer Solar Loans, Finds WoodMac

Nov 15, 2018: New research from Wood Mackenzie has found that solar loans were the preferred and dominant financing solution for residential solar systems in the United States through the first half of 2018, accounting for 42% and outperforming third-party-owned solar systems for the first time. …

Is your Thanksgiving turkey putting your family's health at risk?

Nov 15, 2018: With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are planning meals centered around a turkey. But, a new report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and their partners at the Food Animal Concerns Trust says that you could be putting your family’s health at risk because of how American meats are produced. Just last week, NBC News reported that there was an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella that is linked to raw turkey, and it is still spreading. So far, the outbreak...

Oil & Gas Companies Boast Few Long-Term, Low-Carbon Ambitions & Minimal Investment

Nov 15, 2018: Two new reports published within days of one another have outlined the difficulties inherent in continuing anything close to "business-as-usual" for oil and gas companies around the world, and the increasing pressure to begin transitioning to low-carbon operations. …

The Growing Fashion Industry Needs More Sustainable Solutions

Nov 15, 2018: The fashion industry has a surprisingly huge carbon budget – and it's only growing. Learn more about why the garment industry is in need of an overhaul and how you can be a more conscious consumer.

12 plant-based recipes for a vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner

Nov 15, 2018: For many people, Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without a turkey on the table. But, with diet trends turning to vegetarian and vegan, people are starting to break away from the traditional turkey dinner because of health, animal welfare, or environmental reasons. Luckily, there are amazing plant-based dishes that you can make to create a mouth-watering Thanksgiving feast, making it easier than ever to skip the turkey. Here are some ideas for main dishes that will replace the turkey on your...

Ho, Hum. A Warmer Planet Means Hurricanes Will Drop More Rain & Have Higher Winds

Nov 15, 2018: A new study suggests that warmer global temperatures could increase the severity of future hurricanes. Another finds cities may slow the passage of mega-storms, causing more rainfall over time. Both have important implications for urban planners, politicians, and humanity in general.

What's next for smart homes: An 'Internet of Ears?'

Nov 15, 2018: A pair of electrical engineering and computer science professors have been experimenting with a new suite of smart-home sensors. Their system would read not only the vibrations, sounds -- and even the specific gait, or other movements -- associated with people and animals in a building, but also any subtle changes in the existing ambient electrical field.

While Yamaha Purrs Ahead With Electric Bikes, Honda, Suzuki & Kawasaki Lag

Nov 15, 2018: Of the four major Japanese two-wheeler manufacturers, only Yamaha appears to be ahead of the game, with Kawasaki at least showing strong signs of understanding the market. Honda and Suzuki have some catching up to do…

Maxem Allows For EV Charging On Europe’s Constrained Grid Connections

Nov 15, 2018: Maxem is an Amsterdam-based company that makes a bolt-on solution for residential customers that gives them control over the large electricity consumers in their home…

The Approach That Takes Crucial Urban Climate Action

Nov 15, 2018: Cities represent 78% of worldwide energy demand and emit 60% of global carbon emissions -- they are the driving forces of anthropogenic climate change.