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Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected demand for coal, and increased production of cheap natural gas obtained through "fracking" in the U.S. Peabody is also saddled... read more

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2012 Nissan Leaf winter test

Electric-Car Battery Energy: Why Waste It On Cabin Heating? (Video)

Among the drawbacks of cars that run on battery power is the energy required to heat their cabins. As electric-car drivers in less temperate climes know, heating the cabin to... read more January 28, 2016 by


 
2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

ACEEE Names 'Greenest' And 'Meanest' 2016 Cars

Measuring the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of different vehicles is easy if they're powered by gasoline, less so when the energy comes from grid... read more January 27, 2016 by


 
Beijing smog

China Alone Now Burns Half The World's Coal, New Data Reveals

China now burns half of the world's coal, according to newly-released data that appears to correct previous government estimates. This latest data shows that China has been... read more November 10, 2015 by


 
Honda's Marysville Auto Plant Manager Rob May announces the plant's new paint line.

Wringing Out Car-Making Efficiencies: Honda's 'Green Path' Detailed

It's well established by now that the energy required to extract raw materials and turn them into a finished car is considerably less than the energy that car will consume... read more October 22, 2015 by


 
Carbon nanitube optical rectenna [Image: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech]

From Sunlight To Electricity: First Optical Rectenna Created In Lab

It's been the dream of visionaries for decades: Sunlight converted into direct current to use for recharging emission-free electric cars. Photovoltaic cells offer that... read more October 12, 2015 by


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far... read more August 11, 2015 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S... read more July 24, 2015 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

State With Dirtiest Power Grid Had Highest Electric-Car Incentive, But Now Only For Natural-Gas, LPG Cars (UPDATED)

Life is full of little ironies. And life in the 50 states that make up the United States of America is full of inconsistencies, including those among electric-car incentives... read more July 16, 2015 by


 
Gas pump

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... read more July 2, 2015 by


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes Follows Tesla, Will Offer Home Energy Storage Batteries Too

As the newest carmaker on the block, it's perhaps not surprising that Tesla Motors likes to do things differently. That includes reaching beyond the automotive sector with... read more June 2, 2015 by


 
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, by Flickr user MJM Photographie (Used under CC License)

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which... read more May 27, 2015 by


 
Neradlize eRadiator

Computers To Heat Your Home? Startup Nerdalize Distributes Server Farms To Dutch Residences

Most discussions of alternative energy tend to focus on natural sources, such as wind and solar. Perhaps it's fitting that we tend to look to nature as an antidote for the... read more May 25, 2015 by


 
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


 

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