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Santa Monica to require net-zero homes from 2017, first in the world to do so

Santa Monica to require net-zero homes from 2017, first in the world to do so

Among U.S. states, California continues to lead the way in policies that aim to cut carbon emissions. The Golden State has ambitious emission-reduction targets, and has implemented policies for both transportation and energy to achieve them. But the city of Santa Monica has just done something... read more

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

Carbon emissions from U.S. power generation fall to 25-year low

While automakers work to meet stricter carbon-emissions standards, another sector of the U.S. economy has already made notable progress in reducing ts emissions... read more October 14, 2016 by


 
Hoover Dam by Flickr user Airwolfhound (Used under CC License)

Hydro-power reservoirs emit methane, a greenhouse gas: no free lunch?

The energy sources used to generate grid electricity can be a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions, and thus they affect the environmental impact of electric cars. The... read more October 7, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Ending $4 billion U.S. oil, gas drilling subsidies would have low impact: study

U.S. subsidies to the oil and gas industries are often a flashpoint among electric-car advocates and environmentalists. They see a conflict in the government providing... read more August 10, 2016 by


 
Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station coal power plant

Half of North American power from renewable sources by 2025: plan

The leaders of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico plan to announce a major renewable-energy goal when they meet in the Canadian capital of Ottawa this week. At the Three Amigos... read more June 29, 2016 by


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

Bankruptcy shows scope of Peabody Coal's climate denial lobbying

These are tough times for the coal industry. Coal plants are being retired at an increasing rate in North America and Europe, replaced by a combination of natural-gas and... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Net-zero-energy homes underscore evolution of electric utilities

Electric-car owners can cut their ownership costs significantly by avoiding the gas pump and charging up at home. But they can also save money by making the homes where they... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Rendering of solar installations at Toyota North America headquarters, Plano, Texas

Solar panels at Toyota's new Texas HQ to provide 25 percent of its electricity

Texas may be known as an oil state, but it's also a sprawling and sunny state, making it a good place to set up solar panels. Toyota hopes to take advantage of that when it... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
Santiago, Chile, by Flickr user alobos Life (Used under CC License)

Chile is giving away solar energy, for free, because it has so much

Chile has a problem with its solar industry. It's not that the industry can't meet electricity demand for the South American country—quite the opposite, in fact. There... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett: how two titans see carbon-free electricity

There's an energy battle brewing in Nevada. The Silver State is witnessing a fight between two energy companies promoting different visions of energy policy, led by two very... read more May 25, 2016 by


 
Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Electric-car energy density to approach gasoline by 2045: report

The lithium-ion battery packs that power modern electric cars are far less energy-dense than the liquid hydrocarbon fuels that power internal-combustion cars. They can't hold... read more May 24, 2016 by


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

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... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
Tires, by Flickr user Jayme del Rosario (Used under CC License)

How California's Recycled Tires Turn Into Smog Over State

California drivers generate 40 million used tires every year, and everyone from sellers to policymakers has struggled to figure out what to do with them. Old tires can be... read more February 18, 2016 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Cheap Oil Will Last A Decade, Says Huge Oil Trader

The low oil prices that boosted new-car sales and caused average fuel-economy gains to sputter last year may be here to stay, for a while at least. With fuel prices low... read more February 9, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

The cost of a barrel of oil is now just a fraction of what it was several years ago, and fuel prices have mostly fallen across the globe as a result. Oil prices rise and... read more February 8, 2016 by


 
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


 

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