Tag: Energy

Shell buys Sonnen, Tesla’s competitor in the home battery business

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village Wildpoldsried, southern Germany, is pictured on July 5, 2016. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 3 with 3 posters participating Share this story On Friday, oil major Royal Dutch Shell and German energy storage company Sonnen announced that Shell […]

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Startup will build compressed air energy storage in an Australian zinc mine

reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story The future site of the Angas A-CAES Project. Angas A-CAES project: above-ground infrastructure 3D model. An underground rendering of what the Angas A-CAES project will look like. An energy storage startup called Hydrostor is planning to build an Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) project […]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Cancels High-speed Rail: ‘Would Cost Too Much and Take Too Long’

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday in his “State of the State” address at the California State Capitol in Sacramento that he would abandon the state’s high-speed rail system because it was too expensive. The plan to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too […]

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Major utility implicated in more than a dozen wildfires files for bankruptcy

Enlarge / Fire burns around PG&E transmission towers on Monday, November 12, 2018, east of Pulga, Calif. The first report of the deadly Camp Fire was made near here. reader comments 9 with 9 posters participating Share this story On Tuesday morning, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (PDF), citing […]

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Coal will remain part of the US grid until 2050, federal energy projections say

Enlarge / GILLETTE, Wyo.: A truck loaded with coal is viewed from the Eagle Butte Coal Mine Overlook which is operated by Alpha Coal. The area is a large producer of coal. Gillette uses the moniker of “The Energy Capital of the Nation.” reader comments 3 with 3 posters participating Share this story On Thursday, […]

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US appeals court says California can set its own Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Enlarge / Ethanol Plant, Milton, Wisconsin. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story Late last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit published an opinion (PDF) stating that California’s regulation of fuel sales based on a lifecycle analysis of carbon emissions did not violate federal commerce rules. Since 2011, California […]

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Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

Enlarge / Glasswort bush (Salicornia europaea), Chenopodiaceae. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil pressed out […]

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After a boom year for new natural gas plants, renewables set to retake the lead

Enlarge / Wind turbines at the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project in Limon, Colorado. Getty Images reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story In 2019, more renewable energy will be added to the grid than fossil fuel-based energy, according to estimates from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That had been the trend […]

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Offshore, Act Two: New owner repowers 20-year-old wind farm off Swedish coast

Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story In November, a Danish asset management group called Momentum Gruppen recommissioned five turbines at a 20-year-old offshore wind farm located 4km (2.5 mi) off the coast of […]

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Using molten salt to “store” electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants

reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story Enlarge / How can we make wind a more versatile energy source? By adding storage. An energy storage startup that found its footing at Alphabet’s X “moonshot” division announced last week that it will receive $26 million in funding from a group of investors led by […]

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As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants

Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. reader comments 4 with 4 posters participating Share this story The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to roll back Obama-era rules that effectively prevented new coal plants from opening in the US. The rules required new coal plants […]

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Trump OKs seismic tests in Atlantic that can harm thousands of dolphins & whales

Trump’s about to make a bunch of whales, turtles, and dolphins go deaf. The Trump administration is about to take a preliminary step toward oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic shore, by approving requests from energy companies to conduct “deafening seismic tests that could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other […]

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South Australia is fueling energy storage investment

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July 5, 2016. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story In September, South Australia confirmed a plan to set up an AU$100 million (USD $72 million) fund […]

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Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement

Enlarge / V C Summer Nuclear Station Unit 1. reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story Today, South Carolina energy company SCANA and its potential purchaser Dominion Energy reached a settlement with class-action litigants to offer a significant energy bill rate cut in exchange for the litigants dropping a lawsuit over $2 […]

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New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas

reader comments 3 Share this story It’s that time of the year again: time for asset management company Lazard to release its annual Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) study. (We know, you’ve been waiting all year.) The numbers in the report offer economic insight into how energy choices were made in the previous year and […]

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California’s cap-and-trade dollars are building a hydrogen fuel cell boat

Enlarge / A mock-up of what the Water-Go-Round may look like. Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine reader comments 2 Share this story All aboard: construction of a hydrogen fuel cell boat, with aims to be the first of its kind to run commercially, was announced on Thursday in San Francisco. A startup called Golden Gate […]

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Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Enlarge / A general view of Laguna Colorada located near the border with Chile, in the Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia. The Uyuni salt flats are estimated to contain 100 million tons of lithium, making it one of the largest global reserves of this mineral, according to state officials at the Bolivian Mining Corporation. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty […]

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