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New West Coast Oil Refinery Proposed To Meet Clean-Fuel Demand

New West Coast Oil Refinery Proposed To Meet Clean-Fuel Demand

Along the Columbia River in Washington state, developers are planning the first new oil refinery on the West Coast in 25 years. Paradoxically, the goal of the project is to meet new clean-fuel standards. It's certainly not a result local environmental groups expected when they championed those... read more

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Slide from 'The Future of Transport: Challenging Perceptions,' Shell Oil presentations, Apr 2015

How Shell Oil Sees The Future Of Energy And Vehicle Fuels In 2050

It's always good to understand how the huge global energy industry views the worlds of today and tomorrow. At last month's Shell Eco-Marathon fuel-efficiency competition... read more May 6, 2015 by 


 
Vauxhall Ampera

Big Oil To 'Lose Control Of Auto Industry': Energy Conference

It's not uncommon for media commenters to look at electric-car sales numbers, only to conclude that the segment is teetering on the brink of death. Electric cars will never... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for... read more April 28, 2015 by 


 
Student team vehicles at the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon Americas

Shell Eco Marathon: Why Odd Cars Built By Students Matter

Many of the cars are more like enclosed bicycles, and virtually none of them could operate on public roads or highways. But the Shell Eco-Marathon offers some useful lessons... read more April 17, 2015 by 


 
Gas pump

New Metric For Car Efficiency: Miles Per Dollar Spent On Energy?

It's downright confusing trying to calculate how much it costs to run green cars, whether it's a 50-mpg Toyota Prius or a highly efficient electric car like the 124-MPGe BMW... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days. Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the... read more December 16, 2014 by 


 
Jaguar XJR-15 equipped with YGK EER-Hybrid system

Not Just Turbocharging: Exhaust Gases Can Generate Electricity, Too

The exhaust gases shooting out the tailpipes of internal-combustion cars aren't just a form of pollution, they also represent wasted energy. One way to use some of that... read more December 3, 2014 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Which States Have The Most Efficient Cars And Homes? Study Ranks Them

Both state governments and individual consumers are striving for increased energy efficiency, so it's natural to wonder how much progress is being made. WalletHub recently... read more October 9, 2014 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Some Solar, Wind Power Competes With Natural Gas Without Incentives: Study

Fossil fuels have been an integral part of the industrialized world since it began 250 years ago. While renewable, carbon-free energy sources have long been viewed as the... read more September 18, 2014 by 


 
Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Turns Its Back, Thumbs Its Nose At Energy Efficiency

This past Friday the 13th proved to be particularly unlucky for renewable-energy advocates in Ohio. That was the day the state legislature passed SB 310, a bill to halt the... read more June 26, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Elon Musk Takes Solar City From Silicon Valley To...Buffalo ?!?!?

When he's not running electric-car startup Tesla Motors, its CEO Elon Musk has a couple of other jobs on the side. In fact, he's not only involved in CEO of one startup, but... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon... read more June 8, 2014 by 


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

California To Use 1 Billion Gallons Less Gasoline In Six Years?

As various governments draft new emissions and fuel-economy regulations, it's natural to wonder whether they're actually working. In California, at least, the answer appears... read more May 2, 2014 by 


 
First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

As Gas Mileage Rises, Energy To Make Cars Gets More Important

As vehicles all over the world slowly get more fuel-efficient, the energy required to make them--and their thousands of parts--is coming to represent a higher proportion of... read more March 16, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 

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