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A Universal Grid

February 10, 2016 by Jim Baird

Grid Infrastructure Development

Right of ways are required to ensure providers can build, operate and maintain systems that bring energy from its points of production to its points of consumption. In view of the difficulty in obtaining them, the fewer we can get by with the better.[read more]

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How Trucking is Becoming a Greener Industry in 2016

February 9, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Greening Trucking

 

Trucking isn't exactly known as a very green industry. Every day, huge tractor trailers put thousands of miles on the road and consume huge amounts of fuel and oil. They also dump tons of carbon dioxide and other dangerous emissions into the air.[read more]

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Renewable Jet fuels: The Current State of Affairs

February 8, 2016 by Kapil Lokare

Renewable Jet Fuels

Jet fuel conventionally is produced from petroleum crude refining. Its composition depends on the raw crude oil, but the composition is typically around 20% paraffins, 40% isoparaffins, 20% naphthenes and 20% aromatics. Each of these components has a very specific role.[read more]

Keystone Redux: TransCanada is Now Seeking An Ocean Route for its Dirty Tar Sands

February 5, 2016 by Danielle Droitsch

Tar Sands Risks

The company that eventually lost a bid to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (and has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for $15 billion for lost profits) is eyeing to get its tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast another way: by sea.[read more]

SEVMORPUT Completes Trials After Overhaul; Signs for the Future

December 31, 2015 by Will Davis

Nuclear Powered Ships

ROSATOMFLOT, operator of Russia's nuclear powered icebreaker fleet, recently announced that the unique nuclear powered, icebreaking cargo ship SEVMORPUT (which means "Northern Sea Route") has completed its shakedown cruise after undergoing a heavy overhaul.[read more]

The Top 10 Energy Stories Of 2015

December 28, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Making the 2015 list was challenging, because so many of the stories are interrelated. Commodity prices continued to plummet, but oil, natural gas, and coal prices fell for somewhat different reasons. This of course resulted in the lowest gasoline prices in years, which was itself a big story.[read more]

The Year in Clean Vehicles: Saving Money and Cleaning the Air

December 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Transportation

In signing the Paris Agreement, nations across the world are taking a much-needed step toward cutting carbon pollution from fossil fuel use and fortunately, the United States has a strong start--particularly in the traditionally oil-dependent transportation sector.[read more]

The Future of Mobility: Are Automakers Prepared for the Threat From Silicon Valley? [PODCAST]

December 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

The world’s biggest automakers are suddenly under threat from consumer technology companies in Silicon Valley. Are they up to the challenge? This week, we talk with Anand Shah, the leader of the autonomous mobility unit at Albright Stonebridge Group.[read more]

At COP21, Thirteen Jurisdictions Go All-In to Create World's Largest Market for Zero Emission Vehicles

December 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Today at the Paris Climate talks (COP21), leaders from 13 jurisdictions across North American and Europe announced commitments that all new passenger vehicles will use zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technologies, and that these technologies will be adopted no later than 2050.[read more]

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5 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Commute

December 3, 2015 by Ryan Kh
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With all the talk about making the home a more eco-friendly environment, it is easy to forget about the far worse eco-disaster that is vehicle emissions. It turns out - even in today's age - that many of the cars we thought were environmentally friendly, actually aren't.[read more]

Giving Thanks for Cheap Oil and xEV Resilience

November 27, 2015 by James Greenberger
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The week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. is a time to recount the things for which we should give thanks. From the standpoint of the world economy certainly close to the top of the thanks list this year is the price of crude oil, which closed last Wednesday at $43.04 per barrel, down from a high of $108.[read more]

While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

November 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Earlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many angles, including by me, for his long-running failure to make a decision.[read more]

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Sharing the Road to Zero Emissions, Part 1: More ZEVs Provide Customer Choice

November 6, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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With carmakers bringing new technologies to the marketplace, it’s time to end the confusion about electric vehicles. Debates have raged about the merits of battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, with strong arguments for one option over the other, as if the market was a zero-sum game.[read more]

Dyson-Sakti3 Deal Provides a Window on the Emerging Battery Technology World

October 26, 2015 by James Greenberger

In another decade or two we may know more certainly whether the Western or Asian approach to developing new advanced battery technologies has been the most successful. With respect to this question, the new investments by Dyson, Bosch and Volkswagen should bear close scrutiny.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October [VIDEO]

October 19, 2015 by David Thual

October Energy News

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview of the latest EU environment and climate policy developments, including information on the upcoming COP 21 conference in Paris.[read more]