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May 03, 2016

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Climate Change Deniers Are Getting Angrier, & Here’s Why

May 2, 2016: Climate change deniers are getting angrier and angrier because there is less and less ground that they can even moderately stand upon. They are being forced off of multiple positions and the world is ignoring their opinions en masse. People used to be able to believe that warming wasn’t an occurring scenario without much cognitive dissonance. In psychology, [&hellip Climate Change Deniers Are Getting Angrier, & Here’s Why was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Manitoba Hydro Goes Solar With New Program

May 2, 2016: Sunny days are ahead, as Manitoba Hydro is now helping customers go solar. The crown corporation recently announced the details of the new Power Smart Solar Energy PV Program. The plan allows goodies for businesses and home owners to go solar, while selling surplus solar energy back to Manitoba Hydro. Besides its renowned Power Smart [&hellip Manitoba Hydro Goes Solar With New Program was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

World's tiniest engine small enough to enter living cells

May 2, 2016: Researchers have built a nano-engine that could form the basis for future applications in nano-robotics, including robots small enough to enter living cells.

Electric Mini Rocketman (mini Mini) Could Be On The Way From BMW

May 2, 2016: This is a story that I’m sure will get my mom to perk up — she (like many) is a huge fan of the BMW Mini Cooper styling, which seems to bring us back to another era while still fitting in nicely with a modern life and especially the cities of today. Once upon a time, [&hellip Electric Mini Rocketman (mini Mini) Could Be On The Way From BMW was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Instead of Lobbying, Top 25 Utilities Could Have Doubled US Solar Capacity

May 2, 2016: Originally published at ilsr.org. The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute just released a report analyzing the top 25 US investor-owned electric utilities, and one of the highlights is that these 25 largest utilities collectively spent over $400 million of money (from their ratepayers) lobbying in the past four years. In many cases, this involved lobbying against [&hellip Instead of Lobbying, Top 25 Utilities Could Have Doubled US Solar Capacity was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

BMW i3 Gets Up To 114 Miles Of Range In USA (In Depth)

May 2, 2016: I guess the UK is more than 5 hours ahead of the USA. Days after the UK BMW announcement to boost the range of the 2017 i3 to 124 miles, BMW has announced that the US version will be rated at 114 miles of range (combined city/highway) — I’m surprised it’s just a 10-mile difference, [&hellip BMW i3 Gets Up To 114 Miles Of Range In USA (In Depth) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Large-Scale Solar Costs In Australia Could Drop To $80/MWh This Year

May 2, 2016: Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath Large-scale solar project costs could – and should – fall to around $80/MWh in Australia by the end of the year, an industry expert has suggested, as the price of the technology continues to fall. Speaking at RenewEconomy’s Local Energy and Microgrids Conference in Sydney on Thursday, Norton [&hellip Large-Scale Solar Costs In Australia Could Drop To $80/MWh This Year was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Battery Storage Is Close To Parity, With Certain Tariffs

May 2, 2016: Originally published on RenewEconomy. A new survey from energy consultancy Energeia says the point of mass uptake of battery storage on economic grounds may be closer than most people think, although it would require a different tariff structure for electricity prices. The survey, the second in recent months by Energeia analyst Melanie Koerner, says that [&hellip Battery Storage Is Close To Parity, With Certain Tariffs was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

More Indian States Look To Set Up Canal-Top Solar Projects

May 2, 2016: Originally published on CleanTechies. Following Gujarat’s lead in the implementation of innovative canal-top solar power projects, other Indian states are also looking to set up similar projects. According to recent media reports, the states of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have announced the commissioning of canal-top solar power projects. The Punjab government commissioned two projects with [&hellip More Indian States Look To Set Up Canal-Top Solar Projects was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Int’l Consortium Begins Construction Of 2 GW Solar Capacity In Egypt

May 2, 2016: Originally published on CleanTechies. International companies are making swift progress on their plans to significantly boost renewable energy capacity additions in Egypt. An international consortium led by Terra Sola recently announced that it started construction of a 2 GW solar power project in Egypt. The project is expected to require a total investment of $3.5 [&hellip Int’l Consortium Begins Construction Of 2 GW Solar Capacity In Egypt was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Italian Companies Genesis & Dynkun Announce 1 GW Solar Capacity Plans For Iran

May 2, 2016: Originally published on CleanTechies. After Germany and Spain, companies from Italy have also expressed interest in developing renewable energy projects in Iran. According to media reports, officials of Italian companies Genesis and Dynkun met with government officials in Iran’s province of Qazvin. An agreement was signed between the parties wherein the Italian companies will set [&hellip Italian Companies Genesis & Dynkun Announce 1 GW Solar Capacity Plans For Iran was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

China’s EV Sales Leaders, & The Ongoing Challenge Of Selling EVs In China

May 2, 2016: Originally published on Gas2. The electric car market in China is heating up, thanks to generous government incentives and favorable regulations. China calls all plug-in hybrid and electric cars “new energy vehicles.” Government subsidies can range all the way up to $8,475 per vehicle. With incentives like that, sales of NEVs quadrupled to 331,092 last [&hellip China’s EV Sales Leaders, & The Ongoing Challenge Of Selling EVs In China was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

SolSmart Program Aims To Help Communities Reduce Solar Costs

May 2, 2016: Originally published on Green Building Elements. By Dawn Killough The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) recently announced the launch of the SolSmart designation program, a program to help communities advertise their solar energy-friendliness. SolSmart will also provide cities and counties with no-cost technical assistance to help them streamline and reduce solar energy [&hellip SolSmart Program Aims To Help Communities Reduce Solar Costs was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

350 MW Abu Dhabi Solar Project Draws Interested Bidders From Around The Globe

May 2, 2016: Originally published on CleanTechies. Companies from the US, Europe, India, China, and Japan have expressed interest in bidding, and eventually developing, 350 MW solar power projects in Abu Dhabi. A total of 34 companies or consortiums have qualified as bidders for the 350 MW solar PV project planned by the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity [&hellip 350 MW Abu Dhabi Solar Project Draws Interested Bidders From Around The Globe was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

India Approves 200 MW Solar Park In Rajasthan

May 2, 2016: Originally published on CleanTechies. The Indian government has approved a large solar power park in the western state of Rajasthan in a bid to push public sector companies to invest in renewable energy infrastructure. According to media reports, the central government gave approval to a 200 M W solar power park at Jetsar, Rajasthan. The [&hellip India Approves 200 MW Solar Park In Rajasthan was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Hillary Clinton Could Adopt A 7-Year-Old Prodigy (#thanksobama)

May 2, 2016: Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton supports ARPA-E and connects the dots between clean power and land conservation Hillary Clinton Could Adopt A 7-Year-Old Prodigy (#thanksobama) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2016 Spring Forward

May 2, 2016: Tom Konrad CFA March and April were months of recovery for the broad market and for clean energy income stocks, but most clean energy stocks failed to participate in the rally.  By design, my Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2016 model portfolio is heavily weighted towards income, recovering 9% in March and 6% in April so that it is now back in the black, up 0.8% year to date.  This puts it ahead of its benchmark, which is down 0.8% through the end of April. I want to thank Aurelien Windenberger for stepping in with an interim update, now that I've switched to only writing these every other month.  While he does not follow all 10 stocks closely himself, he does follow many of them, and his comments on Terraform Global were p…

Dubai Gets Record-Low Bid Of 2.99¢/kWh For 800 MW Solar PV Project

May 2, 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has received yet another record-breaking bid for expansion of the iconic Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the lowest solar price bid in history, for an 800 MW solar PV project that expands on 213 MW. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) had floated tenders for expansion of the [&hellip Dubai Gets Record-Low Bid Of 2.99¢/kWh For 800 MW Solar PV Project was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Can the Climate Movement Break Free from the ‘Jobs vs. Environment’ Debate?

May 2, 2016: Where unions and greens coalesced around confronting rampant workplace safety issues in refineries — the kind that caused disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010 — the former see cutting off fossil fuel supplies as an existential threat.

Ghana Solar Feed-In Tariff Contracts To Shift From 10 To 20 Years

May 2, 2016: Originally published on Planetsave. Solar incentives are getting a long-sought-after boost in Ghana. According to PVTech, if all goes as planned, Ghana will soon update its solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) program with payment contracts which last for 20 years as opposed to the current 10-year length. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, director of renewables and alternative energy at the [&hellip Ghana Solar Feed-In Tariff Contracts To Shift From 10 To 20 Years was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Protonic Blue BMW i3 (h/t Photoshop & BMW) & Midnight Blue i3

May 2, 2016: As I noted the other day, I’m excited to see the 2017 BMW i3 is coming in “protonic blue,” which the BMW i8 is known to flash around and I absolutely love. In my haste to get the news covered, I apparently didn’t dig far enough to see that BMW actually released 10 images of the i3 in that [&hellip Protonic Blue BMW i3 (h/t Photoshop & BMW) & Midnight Blue i3 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Impulse Pilot Bertrand Piccard’s Interview With UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon (Video)

May 2, 2016: We’ve covered the pioneering around-the-world-in-a-solar-airplane flight currently underway by the team at Solar Impulse quite a lot here at CleanTechnica. I suppose more than a few observers of the Solar Impulse flight have wondered what exactly the pilots spend all of that time up there doing. While most of that time is no doubt spent [&hellip Solar Impulse Pilot Bertrand Piccard’s Interview With UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon (Video) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Volvo Aims To Sell 1 Million Electrified Car By 2025 (~Twice The Tesla Model 3 Reservation Backlog)

May 2, 2016: Originally published on EV Obsession. Volvo Cars will be working towards the goal of selling up to 1 million “electrified” cars by the year 2025, according to a new press release from the Swedish company. “Electrified” cars in this case apparently refers to hybrids as well plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s [&hellip Volvo Aims To Sell 1 Million Electrified Car By 2025 (~Twice The Tesla Model 3 Reservation Backlog) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Out of Reach Without Nuclear and Shale

May 2, 2016: In its lead editorial recently, the Washington Post took presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to task for his attacks on nuclear power and natural gas. The Post focused its critique on greenhouse gas emissions and the emissions trade-offs involved in substituting one form of energy for another. That speaks directly to one of the main reasons that Mr. Sanders' argument resonates with his supporters, but it ignores an even more basic problem.

New Paradigms Emerge for Innovation and Investment in Advanced Nuclear Energy Reactor Designs

May 2, 2016: Designers of advanced nuclear reactors seek to bridge the gap between concept and prototype. While it is early for investors and potential customers to easily pick winners from an increasingly crowded field of advanced reactor projects, new patterns of investment, including public/private partnerships, are creating opportunities for entrepreneurial developers.

Peak Oil Review - May 2

May 2, 2016:  A weekly roundup of peak oil news including: -Quotes of the Week -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -Venezuela -The Briefs…

Why EU Renewable Energy Figures are Misleading: Europe Requires 150% Renewable Energy to Become Fossil-Free

May 2, 2016: The EU is confident it will reach its target of 20% renewable energy by 2020. But according to Martien Visser, professor at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (The Netherlands), this 20% is in reality more like 14%. This is because a large part of our energy consumption is simply ignored in the calculations for renewable energy. “Even with 100% renewables, we would still need a lot of fossil fuels”, Visser notes.

Sustainable Electricity for All: How Viable Are Mini-Grids in Senegal?

May 2, 2016: Makasaar is a small remote village in Senegal, about two hours’ drive from the nearest city Theis and another one and half hours’ drive from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Until two years back, it had around 700 residents who depended on paraffin candles and small torches for their lighting needs. There were some diesel generators to meet the few productive loads in the village.

House Energy and Commerce Seeks to Enable Advanced Nuclear Energy [VIDEOS]

May 2, 2016: On Friday, April 29, 2016, the Energy and Power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss H.R. 4979 and a draft discussion bill with the unfortunate acronym of NUKEPA (Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Policies Act). Though at different stages of the legislative process, both documents are efforts to improve the ability of the US to design, license and deploy improved technology that takes advantage of the incredible capabilities of actinide–uranium, thorium, and plutonium–fuels.

Carolyn Coyle: Engineering CRUD for Better Nuclear Reactors

May 2, 2016: Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering doctoral student Carolyn Coyle ’13 SM ’16 specializes in the corrosive particle buildup found on primary components of nuclear reactors, known by its apt acronym, CRUD (for chalk river unidentified seposits). The substance is a common byproduct of reactor operation, yet its impacts on reactor function have not yet been carefully elucidated.

The True Cost of Electricity: What We’re Not Paying for Through our Utility Bills

May 2, 2016: The price we all pay for electricity generally does not reflect the “true costs” of producing it. As described in a recent blog post, generating electricity creates harmful pollution, damaging the environment and public health. This comes with a cost, but it is not necessarily paid for by those generating the pollution or purchasing the electricity. These types of costs are known as “external costs.”…

First Solar's Surprising Strategy Switch

May 2, 2016: by Paula Mints CdTe and crystalline manufacturer and project developer First Solar (FSLR) announced positive results for Q1 as well as a switch in strategy emphasis from deployment to module sales. Honestly, revenues, positive net income and other financial metrics matter less in this case than the company’s strategy switch to module sales. Downward price pressure and margin compression along with continued aggressive pricing from China makes this move confusing. Cost leadership is mutable in the PV industry and it is difficult to imagine that First Solar will have an advantage in this regard for long. First Solar has a history of abrupt strategy changes, typically with successful results. In the mid to late 2000s, when demand in Eur…

One Million Points of Light: Top Five Reasons We Love Solar

May 2, 2016: Today, the future of solar energy is looking especially bright. That’s because the US reached a renewable energy milestone recently when the one-millionth solar installation came online. To help celebrate this new record, The Climate Reality Project has joined the #MillionSolarStrong campaign with our friends at the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Making Sense of Commercial-Sector Energy Use Data

May 2, 2016: Commercial-sector energy use in the US increased by 63% from 1979 to 2012, rising from total source energy use of 10.6 quads in 1979 to a peak of 18.4 quads in 2008 before declining to 17.4 quads in 2012. This growth can largely be attributed to a corresponding increase in commercial building floor area, which grew by 70% over the same period. But that is only part of the story. As the graph below illustrates, as floor area has trended upward over time, energy use per square foot has gone up and down, peaking in the 1999-2003 period but declining since then. As of 2012, energy use per square foot was 4% lower than 1979.

Power Sector Coal Demand Has Fallen in Nearly Every State Since 2007

May 2, 2016: Consumption of steam coal used for electricity generation in the U.S. electric power sector fell 29% from its peak of 1,045 million short tons (MMst) in 2007 to an estimated 739 MMst in 2015. Consumption fell in nearly every state, rising only in Nebraska and Alaska over that period. States with the largest declines were concentrated in the Midwest and Southeast, with six states in these regions accounting for nearly half of the national decline. Smaller declines in power sector coal consumption occurred in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, all in the Rocky Mountain region.

NuScale Announces Roadmap for SMR Operation at Idaho Site by 2024

May 1, 2016: NuScale, which is developing a 50 MW small modular reactor, provided new details this week on the timeline to having a first-of-kind commercial unit in operation. A company spokesman presented a detailed roadmap for the deployment and a roadmap during a keynote address to the International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit which took place this week in Atlanta.

SunEdison: Giving Optimism A Bad Name

Apr 30, 2016: by Paula Mints Potentially stranding a significant number of solar development plans as well as some assets, SunEdison (SUNE) finally took the step that many expected and filed for bankruptcy. Pondering where things went wrong for the troubled firm leads to a winding road of overexpansion, debt and the traditional sidekick of highly visible companies and people, hubris. Hubris, of course, happens quite often in the corporate world and there is a long list of companies that were swayed by it – who knows, one is probably being swayed at this very minute. In the solar industry, hubris and desperation are often intertwined. Solar companies operate in a reality that includes aggressive pricing, push-pull incentives and subsidies and end us…

West Africa Slated For 2 GW “Clean Energy Corridor”

Apr 30, 2016: New plans from the ECOWAS Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) will see a “clean energy corridor” featuring a combined capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) developed in West Africa. In an interview at the Solar and Off-grid Renewables West Africa event in Accra, Ghana, with PV Tech, the executive director of ECREEE, [...]…

Italian Companies Announce 1 GW Solar Power Plans For Iran

Apr 30, 2016: After Germany and Spain, companies from Italy have also expressed interest in developing renewable energy projects in Iran. According to media reports, officials of Italian companies Genesis and Dynkun met with government officials in Iran’s province of Qazvin. An agreement was signed between the parties wherein the Italian companies shall set up a large number [...]…

International Consortium Initiates Construction Of 2 GW Solar Power Capacity In Egypt

Apr 30, 2016: International companies are making swift progress on their plans to significantly boost renewable energy capacity addition in Egypt. An international consortium led by Terra Sola recently announced that it started construction of a 2 GW solar power project in Egypt. The project is expected to require a total investment of $3.5 billion. The consortium includes [...]…

India’s NTPC Invites Bids For 100 MW Wind Energy Projects

Apr 30, 2016: India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Limited, has ventured into wind energy sector in an attempt to significant boost its renewable energy assets. The public sector company recently floated two tenders for wind energy projects with 50 MW capacity each. As per tender conditions, selected project developers will be free to choose the project location. [...]…

More Indian States Plan Canal-top Solar Power Projects

Apr 30, 2016: Following Gujarat’s lead in implementation of innovative canal-top solar power projects other Indian states are also looking to set up similar projects. According to recent media reports, states of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have announced commissioning of canal-top solar power projects. The Punjab government commissioned two projects with total installed capacity of 5 MW. Andhra [...]…

Higher Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets Likely to Boost Wind Power

Apr 30, 2016: U.S. wind generation grew by 5.1% in 2015, the smallest annual increase since at least 1999, as weather patterns in the Western half of the United States lowered wind speeds and dampened wind generation during the first half of the year. The same weather patterns resulted in stronger winds in the central part of the country, where wind generation growth in 2015 was most pronounced.

Q & A with Nuclear Asia Forum

Apr 30, 2016: About two months ago Nuclear Asia Forum had one of its interns ask me some questions about nuclear energy in Asia. None of it ever appeared in print or on the web. In the interest of not losing the ideas I shared with them, here are their questions and my answers.

Reports Of A Unicorn Sighting: Is Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol A Reality?

Apr 29, 2016: A million gallons of cellulosic ethanol were produced in Q1 of this year. Has cellulosic ethanol finally reached commercial status?

Amyris Inks $100M+ Biofene Supply Pact

Apr 29, 2016: Jim Lane In California, the Eco-Emirs of Emeryville, Amyris (AMRS) executed a five year Biofene supply agreement with a global nutraceuticals company. Upping the ante from January This new, long-term agreement replaces the parties’ one-year purchase agreement, which was previously announced on January 4, 2016. More on that deal here. Under the new supply agreement, the mystery customer has agreed to a larger Biofene purchase in 2016 with an expected revenue contribution of approximately $9 million and to minimum annual purchase commitments in each of the remaining years of the agreement. In addition, under the new agreement, Amyris is entitled to a quarterly value-share arrangement on the sales of the customer’s product made fro…

Glucose as a new energy source for pacemakers

Apr 29, 2016: Researchers are working on the creation of a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

The Debacle at Doha

Apr 29, 2016: Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment. The world’s leading oil producers were expected to bring fresh discipline to the chaotic petroleum market and spark a return to high prices.

Resilience Roundup - Apr 29

Apr 29, 2016: A roundup of news, views and ideas including Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study | This Could Be One of the Greatest Hurdles for Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the US | How less stuff could make us happier – and fix stagnation...

Net Zero Energy Rental Home Is Seattle’s First Ever

Apr 29, 2016: SEATTLE — This weekend’s Northwest Green Home Tour will feature Seattle’s first “net zero” rental home. The weekend of April 30-May 1, 2016, you can see a Greenwood house that its builders say is the first rental home in Seattle to generate more energy than it uses. The example shows that NZE homes don’t have to be…