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May 27, 2015

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Nissan Offers Current LEAF Leaseholders $5000 Buyout Credit

May 27, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. Three years ago, thousands of Americans leased a Nissan LEAF as part of the first wave of electric car early adopters. This summer, many of those leases expire, and some Nissan dealers have expressed concern that their lots will be filled with high-mileage LEAFs coming off lease. In fact, some Nissan Offers Current LEAF Leaseholders $5000 Buyout Credit was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Connecticut Offers Rebates For EVs, PHEVs, And Fuel Cell Vehicles

May 27, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. While a few states have offered buyers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids thousands of dollars in tax rebates, Connecticut offered that cash to dealerships instead. That plan apparently hasn’t turned out so well, as Connecticut ranks far back in electric vehicle adoption. To fix that, the state will begin Connecticut Offers Rebates For EVs, PHEVs, And Fuel Cell Vehicles was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Four-Person EV Concept Is Designed To Be Able To Float

May 27, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. One of the biggest concerns surrounding climate change is rising ocean levels and increasingly catastrophic storm events that lead to major flooding. Flooded disaster areas can be all but unreachable via conventional vehicles, even if they happen to have access to hard-to-find fuel. While one may not think electric cars and Four-Person EV Concept Is Designed To Be Able To Float was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

“Lower Cost Solar” A Utility-Scale Fig Leaf For An Outdated Monopoly Model

May 26, 2015: Originally posted at ilsr.org In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that rooftop solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility’s view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: “Lower Cost Solar” A Utility-Scale Fig Leaf For An Outdated Monopoly Model was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

There Are 6,000 2015 Chevy Volts Left On Dealer Lots

May 26, 2015: Production of the first-generation Chevy Volt has already ceased, as GM retools its factories to begin building the all-new 2016 Volt. Yet even though first-gen production ceased just a month ago, there are actually about 6,000 factory-fresh 2015 Chevy Volts sitting unsold on dealer lots across the country, reports the Detroit Free Press. That means There Are 6,000 2015 Chevy Volts Left On Dealer Lots was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Intel Moves To Top HQ With Renewable Energy

May 26, 2015: One of the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturers, Intel is used to being on the top. Now, the American company is swapping things around, by making a bold move on top of their own headquarters in Santa Clara, with the installation of one of the world’s largest arrays of micro-wind turbines. Intel has installed 58 Intel Moves To Top HQ With Renewable Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Axa To Divest €500 Million In Coal Assets By End Of 2015

May 26, 2015: French insurance megalith Axa has announced that it intends to divest from €500 million worth of coal assets by the end of 2015. Speaking at the Paris 2015 Climate Finance Day on May 22, Axa CEO Henri de Castries made the announcement as he spoke about the danger of climate change, and the responsibility of companies Axa To Divest €500 Million In Coal Assets By End Of 2015 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

My Yieldco Raised Its Dividend With This Weird Trick

May 26, 2015: Tom Konrad CFA Clean energy yieldcos buck the general trend by paying out a large proportion of cash flow to investors, and rapidly increasing their dividends at the same time.  The key to this trick has been their rapidly appreciating stock prices. High yield companies generally grow slowly, while high growth companies have low dividend yields. Normal companies grow by investing some profits in new business opportunities.  Early stage growth companies typically retain all their earnings to invest in new business.  More mature companies have fewer opportunities, and so share a larger proportion of profits with their shareholders.  Mature companies tend to grow more slowly: they return more of their earnings to sharehol…

Internalized Costs of Storage Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

May 26, 2015: This article summarizes the findings on the internalized costs of various energy storage technologies. The selected technologies include such things as pumped hydro, compressed air, synfuels, and various battery technologies (lead-acid, Li-ion and flow).read more…

ISIS Victories and Oil

May 26, 2015: Right now, oil prices seem under pressure from any number of forces: Saudi market share strategies, Iran’s quiet sales from floating stocks, historically high U.S. and Chinese inventory levels. But over the longer term, the situation on the ground with ISIS could render some of that surplus necessary.read more…

Tesla Model S Toys Now Hitting The Market — Hot Wheels & Matchbox Leading The Way

May 26, 2015: Many would no doubt argue that fancy cars are, in a ways, toys — just expensive, high-quality ones for rich grown people, rather than relatively cheap ones for children. Regardless of which type of toy you have a preference for, however — the cheap children’s kind, or the expensive grown people kind — you can Tesla Model S Toys Now Hitting The Market — Hot Wheels & Matchbox Leading The Way was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Over 84% of New U.S. Generating Capacity YTD is From Renewables

May 26, 2015: In what is becoming a frequent occurrence, if not predictable pattern, renewable energy sources once again dominate in the latest federal monthly update on new electrical generating capacity brought into service in the United States. According to the recently-released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind [...]…

Clean Energy Markets: Looking for Leapfrogs

May 26, 2015: The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report on energy demand in emerging markets. The report offers encouraging data on supplies and investments. But by cherry-picking their case studies and making strange analytical conclusions, Pew paints a selective and flawed picture of electrification in poor countries.read more…

EU biofuels regime failing to meet its objectives under current regulatory framework, experts say

May 26, 2015: The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented. The current regulatory framework for biofuels is failing to meet these underlying objectives.

Keeping cell phone charged by recycling wasted energy back to battery

May 26, 2015: New technology makes cell phone batteries last up to 30 percent longer on a single charge. The patented circuitry converts some of the radio signals emanating from a phone into direct current (DC) power, which then charges the phone's battery.

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

May 26, 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014.read more…

Decarbonizing Development to Secure a Sustainable Future

May 26, 2015: In the past few years, the World Bank has redoubled its efforts to promote sustainable economic development by identifying two goals that can help measure progress towards this objective: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity.read more…

Zero Motorcycles Slashing Prices Due To Dropping Battery Costs

May 26, 2015: Thanks to falling batter costs (and increasing battery energy density), the electric motorcycle provider Zero Motorcycles recently slashed the prices of all of its offerings by as much as $1,350. The company’s (previously already affordable) FX ZF2.8 is now listed for just $8,495 — while the “top of the line” offering, the SR sports bike, Zero Motorcycles Slashing Prices Due To Dropping Battery Costs was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Elon Musk Has Us On “Hello” In This Video Of His Funniest Moments

May 26, 2015: Musk has us on “hello” in this video with his admission of impulse verbalization: “My issue is that I don’t have a filter, not that I have too much of a filter.” No wonder we love listening to him with that unfiltered charisma. Right before that line, in regards to a commentary about him being Elon Musk Has Us On “Hello” In This Video Of His Funniest Moments was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

BC LNG Lost Its Window of Opportunity, Study Finds

May 26, 2015: The window of opportunity to capture Asian gas markets has eluded proposed liquefied natural gas projects in British Columbia, and as a consequence it is unlikely that any LNG projects will likely be commissioned or economic for another decade.

Peak Oil Review - May 26

May 26, 2015: A weekly review including Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, Russia/Ukraine, Greece, The Briefs.

Concrete That Heals Itself

May 26, 2015: Concrete and bacteria are not often seen as sharing the same construction armchair, that is, unless you happen to be discussing concrete that heals itself. Henk Jonkers from Netherlands-based Delft University of Technology has created bioconcrete, a product that can heal its own cracks and faults. Jonkers says he originally began work on the bioconcrete when he Concrete That Heals Itself was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Wind Turbine Capacity Factor Could Increase From 40% To 60%

May 26, 2015: The engineer and economist Bernard Chabot has written an article explaining how wind power capacity factors for new wind turbines could increase from about 40% to 60%. The article is titled, “The fast shift towards the « silent wind power revolution » in USA and the related huge energy and economic benefits.” You can read New Wind Turbine Capacity Factor Could Increase From 40% To 60% was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Top 3 Industrial Barriers To Energy Efficiency, & How To Overcome Them

May 26, 2015: By: Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand We all think we know about energy efficiency. We make an effort to turn off the lights when we leave the room and close the refrigerator door after removing food. It has become clear that it’s important for consumers to be Top 3 Industrial Barriers To Energy Efficiency, & How To Overcome Them was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar PV Costs To Fall Another 25% In Three Years

May 26, 2015: Originally published on RenewEconomy The big fall in solar PV costs over the last five years is helping redefine the future of energy generation across the world, with grid parity in the retail market achieved in dozens of countries, and even beating wholesale prices in markets such as Chile and the Middle East. And it Solar PV Costs To Fall Another 25% In Three Years was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Graph Of The Day: How Utilities See Themselves In 2030

May 26, 2015: Originally published on RenewEconomy by Sophie Vorrath Power utility businesses around the world are finally, and rapidly, waking up to the enormous changes taking place in the global energy market. That is what we have been noticing here in Australia, and that is the major message from the latest PwC global power & utilities report. Graph Of The Day: How Utilities See Themselves In 2030 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

JinkoSolar Bags 1 GW Module Supply Deal

May 26, 2015: One of China’s leading solar photovoltaic module manufacturers, JinkoSolar, has bagged a major order from a Chinese solar power projects developer. China Minsheng New Energy (CMNE) has entered a strategic cooperation agreement with JinkoSolar. As per the agreement, JinkoSolar will supply CMNE with 1 GW solar PV modules over a period of two years — JinkoSolar Bags 1 GW Module Supply Deal was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Free Book: How To Choose The Best Solar System & Financing Offer For You

May 26, 2015: By Michał Bacia There is nothing more important for our lifestyle, for our quality of living, than energy. With enough energy, we can fulfill all of our basic needs; provide enough fresh water, and produce enough food. We can manufacture enough goods to fulfill any and all other needs. Interestingly, nothing has a greater impact Free Book: How To Choose The Best Solar System & Financing Offer For You was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Edinburgh’s Big Plans For Community-Owned Rooftop Solar

May 26, 2015: Click Green Staff, Click Green via The ECOreport. Edinburgh Council has revealed plans to install community-owned solar panels on buildings across the Scottish capital. The Council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative (ECSC) – supported by Energy4All – to deliver the initiative, which is believed to be the largest community-owned urban Edinburgh’s Big Plans For Community-Owned Rooftop Solar was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Technology Transfer: FIA Formula E Coming Soon To A Street Near You

May 26, 2015: The FIA Formula E all-electric global racing series is designed to showcase tomorrow's EV innovations, today, as aptly demonstrated at the Berlin venue Technology Transfer: FIA Formula E Coming Soon To A Street Near You was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Clouds Got In The Way Of Solar Impulse’s Historic Pacific Ocean Crossing

May 25, 2015: Originally published on 1Sun4All. On the tarmac, batteries fully charged — and no go! André Borschberg was scheduled to take off in Solar Impulse, from Nanjing, China, to Honolulu, Hawaii. But the mission team has decided against a takeoff on UTC May 25. After a final flight briefing, a managerial decision was made to cancel this flight. Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) updated the watching Clouds Got In The Way Of Solar Impulse’s Historic Pacific Ocean Crossing was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

May 25, 2015:   It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires…

One step closer to a single-molecule device

May 25, 2015: A new technique to create a single-molecule diode has been developed by scientists, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. This research group is the first to develop a single-molecule diode that may have real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices.

Continuing to Serve Their Country: How Veterans Grow the Wind Industry

May 25, 2015: We recognize that hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line. Military veterans have acquired extensive technical training and experience through their service, which makes them uniquely qualified for many positions – particularly in the wind industry.read more…

Take a first look at the gigantic Gigafactory Tesla is building in Nevada

May 25, 2015: https://youtu.be/YSyE2RorjRI If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, where a…

Is the slowdown in productivity growth a result of energy costs?

May 24, 2015: The high energy prices of the last decade or so may be, in part, responsible for low productivity growth. And yet, in a sampling of recent coverage of the productivity issue, not one piece mentioned energy.

Warren Buffett: Closet Tree-Hugging Billionaire

May 24, 2015: By Jeff Siegel Is Warren Buffett sending mixed messages on green energy? That's what the folks over at Bloomberg Business have suggested. But nothing could be further from the truth. After all, Buffett's making a fortune in the alternative energy space. Yet here's what was reported in Bloomberg this week: Warren Buffett highlights how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. utilities make massive investments in renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the company is fighting a plan that would encourage more residents to use green power. Berkshire’s NV Energy, the state’s dominant utility, opposes the proposal to increase a cap on the amount of energy that can be generated with solar panels by residents who sell power back to the grid in a p…

Yingli is Tanking, but the Solar Industry Remains Vibrant

May 23, 2015: By Jeff SiegelSolar stocks are getting a thrashing today after Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE) came clean about a possible bankruptcy. The stock tanked at the open and is still trading below $1.00 – down from yesterday's closing price of $1.70. Of course, the writing was on the wall with this one. Yingli's been struggling for a long time. And while I'm extremely bullish on solar, I've kept a safe distance from Yingli, as well as a lot of other China solar stocks. That being said, even the solid, revenue-generating companies not operating out of China are in the red today, including SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR), First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) and SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY). Interestingly, I thought those particular stocks…

Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

May 22, 2015: At least that’s the headline circulating around frenzied eco news outlets and in social media. But watch the video from the Financial Times to understand the more complete picture behind the headline.

Eminent Domain + Gas Pipelines = Bad Business

May 22, 2015: Here is an idea. Let’s give solar companies the use of eminent domain to appropriate all the south-facing rooftops around the country because it’s in the ‘best interest of the public’. No way, not even for solar, you say? I didn’t think so. You’re right of course. Eminent domain (derived from the term dominium eminens – [...]…

Darling Ingredients: At the Margin

May 22, 2015: by Debra Fiakas CFA This week Darling Ingredients (DAR:  NYSE) reported earnings of $100,000 on net sales of $874.7 million in the first quarter ending March 2015.  Darling is a recycler of sorts, collecting by-products of the food production industry and recycling the left-overs and waste into proteins, fats and leathers.  Nothing goes to waste.  Every last chicken feather, hide, gallon of used cooking grease and cake crumb gets up-cycled to a usable material for feed, food, fuel or clothing.  Its customers include pet food producers, personal care manufacturers and textile users, among others. Darling used to sell its non-edible oils to the biofuel industry until it entered into a joint venture called Diamond Gre…

"Greens" fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

May 22, 2015: On February 28, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a preemptive veto of the Pebble project, citing its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. That action was initiated even though the developers had not yet filed a permit requestread more…

Rather than Divest, Advocate for Carbon Balancing

May 22, 2015: Divestment campaigns that seek to halt fossil fuel use are ill-premised because they confuse a means with the end. The end goal is to re-balance the carbon cycle; reducing fossil fuel use is an important way but the not the only way to accomplish that goal.read more…

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

May 22, 2015: This spill in Santa Barbara uncovers the gap between industry's rhetoric and reality, revealing risks associated with oil transportation infrastructure, the poor record of leak detection technology, and the inadequacy of spill responseread more…

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows

May 22, 2015: Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study suggests.

The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?

May 22, 2015: After a decade or more of false starts and unrealistic expectations, “connected home” technology is finally gaining enough market share for vendors to start bragging about the numbers.read more…

Progress Toward a True-Cost Economy Now Comes From Developments in Renewable Energy

May 22, 2015: A renewable energy revolution is sweeping the planet. This revolution has profound implications because it signals that the global economy is moving to stop the growth of our human carbon footprint.

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

May 22, 2015: Washington DC's water and sewer utility will use green infrastructure to catch rainfall and prevent sewage overflows into the Potomac River and Rock Creek instead of building the underground tunnels it had originally planned.read more…

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015: Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?read more…

Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015: One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.read more…