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Tesla Sued Over New Mexico Model S Factory That Never Was

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Tesla Motors’ decision to purchase the former NUMMI automotive manufacturing facility in Fremont, California might have been one of its shrewdest business decisions to date. Not only did Tesla Motors [NASAQ:TSLA] obtain a pre-built facility --complete with the essential machinery it needed to build its 2012 Model S Sedan -- at the

New Mexico Adopts Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program

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The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) adopted by a vote of four to three greenhouse gas reduction regulations—called the most stringent in the US—that will reduce global warming pollutants through a regional cap on greenhouse gas emissions. New Mexico Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Regulation.

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Tesla to build new EV plant in New Mexico!

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to be site for electric car production "New Mexico's biggest city will be home to an automobile assembly facility for Tesla Motors' all-electric, four-door, five-passenger sedan that will sell for at least $50,000." "The The $35 million facility on Albuquerque's west side will mean 400 new jobs, Gov. Bill Richardson said." "The

Where Should Tesla Put Its Battery Gigafactory? Reader Poll

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They are Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, all of which are shown as candidate locations in the presentation Tesla put online When electric-car maker Tesla Motors released more information about its planned "gigafactory" to produce lithium-ion battery cells in the U.S.,

Tesla Gigafactory: CA Could Waive Environmental Rules To Get It: Report

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But it chose Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas as the finalists for the Gigafactory site When Tesla Motors announced the short list of possible locations for its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," California wasn''t on it.

PHEV Day 144, Saturday, 28 February 2009, Holds a Two Variety of Folks Meeting at Flying Star plus Run to 41st State Capital, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Saturday morning holds first a get-together of two variety of folks in Albuquerque -- EVnthusiasts, especially from the EAA (Electric Auto Association) and testy New Mexico Mensans. Some may be one and the same! Electrick Car Conversion is George's operation!

PHEV Day 146 - Monday, 2 March 2009 - Las Vegas EVents. That's New Mexico's LV plus Run to Tucumcari. and Then, Amarillo, TX - 42nd State

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Stopping over at Mesalands Community College with CJ with automotive students plus Roscoe from the new wind turbine organization with immense wind turbine there as well. More to follow! Later, more details about the KFUN radio interview, right there in Las Vegas with Joe, along with wife Loretta and Mike, son. Stand by. Spirit & EVJerry

Boeing truck-mounted laser demonstrator destroys targets through wind and fog; “photons on target”, only diesel required

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wind and fog), successfully targeting a variety of aerial targets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. HEL MD at Eglin. Click to enlarge. Brief

US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “ Traffic Volume Trends ” report—a monthly estimate of US road travel—show that more than 265.5

More states follow California’s clean car standards

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A new Environmental Defence Fund report shows that 13 states have adopted California’s clean car standards that aim to save hundreds of dollars annually at the pump and reduce heat trapping greenhouse gases. The decision follows President Obama’s landmark agreement to adopt federal emission standards for the model years 2012-2016.

ConocoPhillips converting 30 trucks to LPG this year, 300 more over next 5

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ConocoPhillips has been testing ROUSH CleanTech propane vehicles in the field since 2011, logging thousands of miles in northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado. Each propane autogas truck emits about 67,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime than a gasoline powered vehicle. Brief

Solar fuels company Joule looks to partner with Scatec Solar to bring photovoltaic power to Joule production plants

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The company is now scaling its process for Joule Sunflow-E (sustainable ethanol) at its demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico. In the MoU the parties have agreed to initiate a process to reach specific terms for a partnership, to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring photovoltaic power. Earlier post.).

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USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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Sapphire Energy has paid off its USDA loan for a plant now operating in New Mexico. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge. C to 600 ?C)

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Kinder Morgan to invest ~$1B on new CO2 system for EOR

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will build and operate a new, 213-mile (343 km), 16-inch diameter pipeline to transport carbon dioxide from the company’s St. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. Johns source field in Apache County, Arizona, to the Kinder Morgan-operated Cortez Pipeline in Torrance County, NM. Johns field. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. Brief

Coalition of 11 states sues US EPA over soot rules

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Led by the State of New York, the coalition also includes California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. The EPA had failed to meet an October 2011 deadline for revising the existing standards. EPA last revised the standards in 2006. Brief

Global Bioenergies to collaborate with Audi on development of drop-in bio-isooctane

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Under the agreement, GBE will supply Audi with isooctane derived from isobutene produced at its new pre-commercial pilot system at the Fraunhofer CBP in Leuna. Audi is already operating a research facility for the production of e-ethanol and e-diesel with its partner Joule in Hobbs, New Mexico. Earlier post.). Earlier post.)

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ExxonMobil doubles Permian Basin resources to 6B barrels via acquisitions

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billion barrels of oil equivalent in New Mexico’s Delaware Basin, a highly prolific, oil-prone section of the Permian Basin. ExxonMobil will make an upfront payment of $5.6 Darren W. This acquisition strengthens ExxonMobil’s significant presence in the dominant U.S. growth area for onshore oil production. —Darren W. Woods. Brie

Sapphire Energy’s commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility now operational; 81 million tons of algal biomass harvested

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Aerial photo of Green Crude Farm in November 2011. Click to enlarge. Sapphire Energy, Inc. When completed, the facility will produce 1.5 acre and 2.2

13 governors send letter to automakers encouraging natural gas vehicle development

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The states participating in the letter with Colorado and Oklahoma are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Colorado Gov. This letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov. —Governors’ letter. Brief

USDA closes on $105M loan guarantee to Fulcrum for biorefinery converting municipal waste to renewable jet fuel; first USDA loan for biojet

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USDA awarded the first loan guarantee in 2009 to Sapphire Energy in New Mexico. INEOS New Plant Bioenergy, located in Vero Beach, Fla., The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has closed on a $105-million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee through Bank of America, N.A. Earlier post.). Earlier post.).

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DOE-sponsored study concludes billions of barrels of oil potentially recoverable from residual oil zones in US

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The UTPB study focused on understanding and modeling fluid flow within ROZs in the Artesia Fairway—a dolomitized trend in the San Andres formation containing oil-producing fields—of eastern New Mexico and west Texas. Residual oil zones (ROZs), are areas of immobile oil found below the oil-water contact of a reservoir.

Crumb rubber from old tires can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance

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Other states that are using asphalt rubber, or are studying its potential, include Texas, Nebraska, South Carolina, New York and New Mexico, according to the agency. It’s very durable. We mix it with different materials and in different percentages, and in different conditions, to find the best ways to add rubber to asphalt.

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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35 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities signing on to DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and committing to provide electric vehicle charging access for their workforce. New York State. Binghamton University (State University of New York). The 35 new partners include: Bates College. ChargePoint. Nissan.

Alon USA receives go ahead for Bakersfield, CA rail terminal and refinery project; Bakken light crude

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has received the necessary approval from the Kern County Board of Supervisors to construct a new rail facility at the Bakersfield refinery and to make modifications to the refinery that will allow it to process light crude—e.g., Alon USA Energy, Inc. Bakken Crude. Background. the routes over which the crude oil will be transported.

Tesla Model S Road Trip Ends Without A Hitch In NYC

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Tesla Model S-driving trio Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd successfully arrived in New York City after almost five thousand miles of driving coast-to-coast. After starting in Portland, Oregon on December 26, the team drove down the West Coast, before cutting across Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama

Richardson Highlights Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

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Governor of New Mexico and candidate for the Democratic nomination Bill Richardson Richardson has released his "Energy and Climate Policy Plan." Plug-in hybrids and electric cars are part of Goal 1: Get low and zero petroleum plug-in cars into the marketplace, while sharply reducing the carbon emissions from our electric sector.

Sandia researchers can offer consulting to companies that license Sandia inventions

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The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program lets for-profit companies team with Sandia researchers free of charge to solve technical challenges. million in assistance to 197 New Mexico small businesses in 27 counties. There is a need for this. Work would be done on the researcher’s own time. Brief

New one-pot method for recharging ammonia borane opens up potential for viable on-board hydrogen storage

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the University of Alabama (UA) researchers working within the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence have demonstrated a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane (H 3 N-BH 3 , AB). Sutton et al. 1428 Click to enlarge.

Polymer-graphene nanocomposites as high-rate “green” electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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In this new study, Song et al. Credit: ACS, Song et al. Click to enlarge. A paper on their work appears in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

USDA approves $99M, 80% loan guarantee to Chemtex to support development of cellulosic ethanol from energy grasses

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The new USDA loan guarantee is part of a larger effort to produce advanced biofuels in every region of the country. Source: Beta Renewables.

Joule Unlimited awards EPCM contract to Fluor for solar fuels demo plant

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to design and build a biofuels demonstration facility in New Mexico. Fluor Corporation was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Joule Unlimited, Inc., Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fluor’s Greenville, S.C. Brief

ACS launches International Year of Chemistry calendar

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Jackson is with the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. Called 365: Chemistry for Life , the calendar links almost 250 days of the year to events triumphal and trivial in chemistry, health, medicine, energy, the environment and related fields. Jackson, Ph.D., who serves as ACS President during the IYC. Brief

Geothermal energy in US grew 5% in 2012; California the leader

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MW of new gross online geothermal capacity—is due in part to pioneering developments in geothermal technology, GEA said. In 2012, seven new geothermal projects and additions came online in three different states. Projects and new additions that came online in 2012 include: John L. McGinness Hills (NV): Ormat, 30 MW. Brie

BMW and Nissan partner to deploy dual fast chargers across the US

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Each of these new locations will offer a dual 50 kW DC Fast-charging station with both CHAdeMO and CCS (Combo) connectors, serving owners of both Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 electric cars, as well as all EV drivers in the US whose vehicles are equipped with quick-charge ports. Brief

Audi opens power-to-gas facility in Werlte/Emsland; e-gas from water, green electricity and CO2

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Audi’s e-gas plant. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.). Components of the e-gas plant. Click to enlarge. Water and oxygen are the only by-products.

NOAA Predicts Drought Conditions in Southwest US to Worsen

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Projected drought conditions through October. Source: NOAA. Click to enlarge. The monsoon typically peaks during the month of August. C (0.20°F).

“Energiewende” in a tank; Audi e-fuels targeting carbon-neutral driving with synthetic fuels from renewables, H2O and CO2; Swiss policy test case

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Audi operates a research facility in Hobbs, New Mexico for the production of e-ethanol and e-diesel in partnership with Joule.

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Sapphire Energy demonstrates external assembly and modification of the chloroplast genome from algae; a pathway to commercially viable algal biofuel

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The algae cultivated in the company’s outdoor ponds in New Mexico are not genetically modified. The chloroplast—the site of photosynthesis—is responsible for producing organic molecules from atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) and is thus a crucial metabolic engineering target. —O’Neill et al. Resources.

Joule issued patent on production of medium chain-length alkanes from sunlight and CO2; diesel, jet fuel and gasoline

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The company operates from Bedford, Massachusetts and The Hague, The Netherlands with production operations in Hobbs, New Mexico.

DOE launches wave energy competition

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) opened the registration period for the new Wave Energy Prize competition that aims to double the state-of-the-art performance of wave energy conversion (WEC) devices over the next two years. The Wave Energy Prize provides an opportunity for participants to: Win a monetary prize. Van Buren Township, Michigan.