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US shift toward wind and solar will cut coal, make EVs cleaner

Green Car Reports

Increased use of renewable energy will help reduce electricity generation from coal and natural gas power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in turn making EVs cleaner.

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As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro. This brief study analyzes, for each individual state, the changes from 2018 to 2020 in the use of coal (one of the two most polluting energy sources) to generate electricity. from coal. from coal.

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As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro.

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New wind farm and Tesla Megapack projects may reduce Australian coal use

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An upcoming Tesla Megapack project and a new wind farm may help Australia reduce its use of coal power. Australia has long used coal as a power source, mainly because of its abundance. billion) wind power project and a $150 million (USD 97.4

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Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

Green Car Reports

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 electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future. Coal's share of. natural gas electric utilities plug-in cars solar clean energy energy wind energy

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Harvard team finds large-scale US wind power would cause warming that would take roughly a century to offset

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All large-scale energy systems have environmental impacts, and the ability to compare the impacts of renewable energy sources is an important step in planning a future without coal or gas power. Extracting energy from the wind causes climatic impacts that are small compared to current projections of 21 st century warming, but large compared to the effect of reducing US electricity emissions to zero with solar. The work should not be seen as a fundamental critique of wind power.

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BloombergNEF: clean energy investment in developing nations slumps as financing in China slows; coal burn surges to record high

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New investment in wind, solar, and other clean energy projects in developing nations dropped sharply in 2018, largely due to a slowdown in China. The findings suggest that developing nations are moving toward cleaner power but not nearly fast enough to limit global CO 2 emissions.

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How to Hasten India’s Transition Away From Coal

Cars That Think

Greenhouse gas emissions will certainly grow too, because India’s energy generation is dominated by fossil fuels—coal-fired power plants for electricity, coal- and gas-fired furnaces for industrial heating, liquid petroleum gas for cooking, and gasoline and diesel for transportation.

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CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. However, the anticipated—albeit now possibly delayed, per the recent Supreme Court decision—retirement of coal-fired power plants will make electric vehicles more competitive on an air emissions basis, the researchers found.

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Ignite Energy Resources and TRUenergy Plan Direct Coal-to-Liquids and Coal Drying Demo Project for Supercritical Water Technology

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Ignite Energy Resources (IER), developer of a supercritical water technology, and TRUenergy have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a commercial demonstration plant that will apply IER’s direct coal-to-oil and upgraded dry coal process to the brown coal at TRUenergy’s Yallourn mine in Australia. tonnes of high-ranked coal. TRUenergy’s generation portfolio spans coal, gas and renewable energy. Tags: Coal-to-Liquids (CTL

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Coal Power Plant That Can Capture Carbon To Open In Mid-2016

Green Car Reports

The most straightforward way to get cleaner electricity is to switch to a less-polluting source like natural gas--or better yet, renewable sources like wind and solar. DON''T MISS: EPA''s Coal-Plant Emissions Rules As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

Green Car Congress

In terms of investment in innovation for cleaner energy, the plan calls for: Investment in advanced fossil energy projects. In addition, the President has directed his Administration to purchase cleaner alternatives to HFCs whenever feasible and transition over time to equipment that uses safer and more sustainable alternatives. Going forward, the Administration will continue to use these bilateral and multilateral efforts to promote advanced coal technologies.

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Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Plugs and Cars

The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. But not all use of coal is alike. The Good About half our electricity comes from coal, and that will change, at best, slowly as we move to renewables. But we need to keep in mind that when we're talking about cars, even coal-generated electricity results in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum. That includes the worst, most coal dependent areas.

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Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

Green Car Reports

The overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. Last year saw record growth in renewable energy, according to the IEA, which surpassed coal to become the. China energy policy plug-in cars renewable energy solar wind energyAnd the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) will be good news indeed for electric-car drivers.

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BCG report finds advanced biofuels, concentrated solar power, and solar photovoltaic tracking to make significant market impact sooner than commonly assumed

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” also sees steady adoption of on-shore wind and electric vehicle technologies, but suggests that off-shore wind and carbon capture and sequestration look likely to fade or decline. For some alternative-energy industries—CCS and off shore wind, for example—real competitiveness is still a distant probability. Off-shore wind will struggle to move beyond purely subsidy-driven growth or to reach economic viability on its own before 2020.

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KPMG survey finds majority of energy execs see oil over $121/barrel this year; shale expected to have transformative impact, investment in alternatives increasing

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Executives also cited solar (31%), wind (25%), advanced, cleaner coal technologies (17%), biodiesel (10%), and chemically stored electricity (batteries and fuel cells) (8%) as alternative energy sources that would see increased R&D investment. Previously, the executives have pointed to wind and solar as the main investment choices, but this year we have seen a shift. Biomass Natural Gas Oil Oil Shale Solar Wind

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DOE: US average EV CO2e/year is 4,815 lbs, vs. 11,435 lbs for average gasoline car

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of the electricity sources in the state while cleaner sources such as nuclear, hydro, biomass, wind, and solar make up the rest. from coal, making it the state with the most well-to-wheel CO 2 -equivalent emissions. Although all-electric vehicles (EVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions, there are upstream emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production.

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IEA: global energy investment stabilized above $1.8T in 2018; security and sustainability concerns growing

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Global energy investment stabilized in 2018, ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment stalled for energy efficiency and renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual review. But the bottom line is that the world is not investing enough in traditional elements of supply to maintain today’s consumption patterns, nor is it investing enough in cleaner energy technologies to change course.

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IEA: COVID-19 crisis causing the biggest fall in global energy investment in history

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These networks have to be resilient and smart to ward against future shocks but also to accommodate rising shares of wind and solar power. Although decisions to go ahead with new coal-fired plants have come down by more than 80% since 2015, the global coal fleet continues to grow.

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ICCT LCA study finds only battery and hydrogen fuel-cell EVs have potential to be very low-GHG passenger vehicle pathways

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For battery EVs, the GHG emissions for “fuel/electricity” production are dominated by the coal and natural gas used in electricity generation.

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The Solangelist’s Vision Shines Brighter

Creative Greenius

And just like Woody, I’d like to sing you a song about a better way… My friends, with greenhouse gas emissions already in the danger zone, we needed to stop burning Killer Coal yesterday. Maybe where you live it’s about quickly switching to wind power, or geothermal, or tidal wave energy or some other form of clean energy, but here in Greeniusland, PV solar is the high-speed ticket to carbon freedom.

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Dominion Energy sets new goal of net zero emissions by 2050 for both power generation, natural gas operations

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The company is moving to extend licenses for its zero-carbon nuclear generation fleet, promoting customer energy efficiency programs, and investing in wind and solar power, lower-carbon natural gas, and carbon-beneficial RNG. Significant progress can be made by converting oil and coal-powered manufacturing facilities to lower-carbon natural gas.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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It also solves our plastics and waste problems by turning them into green hydrogen, and does it cleaner and at costs far lower than any other green hydrogen producer. It does not depend on particular weather conditions, and does not require as much land as solar- and wind-based projects.

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Australian Government establishes A$300M fund to support hydrogen projects

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Support the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy including its aims to create jobs, especially in regional areas, contribute to a cleaner environment, increase prosperity and enhance Australia’s fuel security.

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U-M study: When, where, how electric delivery vehicles are charged has big impact on GHGs

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Therefore, charging from a cleaner energy source—such as an electrical grid with lots of renewables—is one of the most impactful ways to lower the emissions of an electric vehicle. A vehicle charged from solar or wind energy and a vehicle charged from a coal- or natural gas-fired power plant will have very different environmental impacts. Though EVs represent a small fraction of delivery vehicles today, the number is growing.

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Shell CEO Says Half the Companys Output Will Be Natural Gas by 2012; Shell and Electric Mobility

Green Car Congress

Increasing natural gas production—and transportation by liquefying it and shipping the LNG to global markets—means that more natural gas will be available to displace coal as the fuel for power plants.Let me be clear: we don’t oppose electric mobility. We also offer gasification technology that would enable a cleaner use of coal and more effective application of CO 2 capture technology; and we produce wind power.

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Heating Buildings With Solar Energy Stored in Sand

Cars That Think

When we turn up the heat in our homes and workplaces, we must balance our personal need for warmth with the global impact of burning fossil fuels like oil, gas, coal, and biomass. The intermittent nature of daylight and strong winds, however, is a stubborn problem.

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Secretary Moniz dedicates new supercomputer at NETL to support fossil energy research

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In his remarks at NETL, Secretary Moniz said: In the last four years, we’ve more than doubled renewable energy generation from wind and solar power. However, coal and other fossil fuels still provide 80 percent of our energy, 70 percent of our electricity, and will be a major part of our energy future for decades. The US Energy Information Administration projects increases in US coal utilization in 2013, and other countries have been increasing their imports of coal.

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BP Energy Outlook: 30% growth in global demand to 2035; fuel demand continues to rise, even with EVs & fuel efficiency

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While non-fossil fuels are expected to account for half of the growth in energy supplies over the next 20 years, the Outlook projects that oil and gas, together with coal, will remain the main source of energy powering the world economy, accounting for more than 75% of total energy supply in 2035, compared with 86% in 2015. Natural gas grows more quickly than either oil or coal over the Outlook, with demand growing an average 1.6%

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California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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Emissions from this sector declined 18% in 2016, reflecting continued growth in renewable energy—such as solar, wind and geothermal—as a result of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, and a corresponding drop in natural gas generation. Due to the carbon price signal created by the Cap-and-Trade Program that makes fossil fuel generation more expensive, cleaner out-of-state electricity is increasingly taking the place of fuels such as coal.

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Shell to build LNG units in Gulf Coast and Great Lakes regions; two additional LNG for transport corridors in North America

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New policies unlock plentiful natural gas resources—making it the largest global energy source by the 2030s—and accelerate carbon capture and storage technology, supporting a cleaner energy system. The previously anticipated decline of North American gas production is reversed and China joins the top tier of producers, allowing both of these major energy consumers to reduce their demand for coal and ultimately oil.

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Electric Scooter vs Petrol Scooter : Huge benefits for India

Plug In India

Many of you write to us about the long tailpipe of electric vehicles and coal is major source of electricity generated in India. Your EV will get cleaner in time. When you start an electric scooter, you can listen to the wind and birds!

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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It offers the solution to several significant transitions we need: moving society from burning fossil fuels to substituting renewable resource fuels such as solar, wind and biofuels; and from using fossil materials as fuel to using them for other recyclable uses. It solves the storage problems faced by the electric utility companies in absorbing and adapting to the highly variable power and energy generated by solar and wind. Distributed Solar and Wind with the PHEV.

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Sasol embarking on feasibility study on a US gas-to-liquids facility in Louisiana

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billion barrels of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and natural gas. GTL transportation fuel is cleaner burning than conventional diesel with a roughly comparable, and potentially lower, greenhouse gas profile, Sasol says. Sasol converts gas and coal into liquid fuels, fuel components and chemicals through proprietary Fischer-Tropsch (FT) processes.

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EIA projects decline in transportation sector energy consumption through 2037 despite increase in VMT, followed by increase

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EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects continued robust growth in US energy production, emergence of the United States as an energy exporter, and a cleaner S electric power generation mix. However, US coal shipments, which are primarily via rail, decline slightly. The renewables share, including hydro, also increases from 18% in 2018 to 31% in 2050, driven largely by growth in wind and solar generation.

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Obama blueprint for a US economy “built to last” includes “all-of-the-above” energy strategy; call for 80% of US electricity from clean sources by 2035

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A strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs. nation’s electricity will come from clean sources, including renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower; nuclear power; efficient natural gas; and lower emission coal. The EIA’s Reference case for 2035 projects 66% fossil (coal and natural gas), 18% nuclear and 16% from renewables.).

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Public Transit or Private Cars, It's All About the Fuel

Plugs and Cars

It’s ubiquitous, relatively price stable due to government regulation, and is created in many ways, increasingly including renewable – such as solar, wind and geothermal – sources. Of course we need energy to create electricity, and just as we’ve been burning petroleum for a century to move us and our stuff around, we’ve been burning oil and coal and natural gas to create electricity.

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National Academies Report Examines Hidden Cost of Energy Production and Use in US; Estimates $120B in 2005

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A new report from the National Research Council examines and, when possible, estimates, “hidden” costs of energy production and use—such as the damage air pollution imposes on human health—that are not reflected in market prices of coal, oil, other energy sources, or the electricity and gasoline produced from them. Coal accounts for about half the electricity produced in the US. Estimated climate damages from natural gas were half that of coal, ranging from 0.05

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Obama sets goal of reducing US oil imports by 1/3 by 2025; domestic and Western Hemisphere production, natural gas, biofuels, electric vehicles, fleet purchases

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Meeting the goal of cutting US oil dependence depends largely on two things, Obama said: finding and producing more oil at home, and reducing dependence on oil with cleaner alternative fuels and greater efficiency. We have to discover and produce cleaner, renewable sources of energy with less of the carbon pollution that threatens our climate.

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Second-use options for automotive “end-of-life” Li-ion battery packs support a broad spectrum of sustainable energy strategies, as they increase the potential for widespread PEV adoption by eliminating end-of-life automotive service costs, in addition to helping utilities support peak electricity demands while building a cleaner, more flexible electricity grid. PEV battery life cycle with second use. Source: NREL. Click to enlarge.

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Measurements of CO2 and CO in China’s Air Indicate Sharply Improved Combustion Efficiency

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Weather observations such as wind speed and direction (with other evidence) allowed researchers to identify plumes of polluted air from the Beijing urban area and population centers to the south, as opposed to relatively clean air arriving from the north. High-efficiency combustion processes, such as modern power plants and cars that meet current standards, produce little or no CO, and are thus both more energy-efficient and cleaner.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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Both rail and bus emissions decreased during this time, due in part to the state’s efforts to transition to cleaner fuels and to electrify public transportation. The decade-long nationwide slide in emissions from power production reflects the electric power sector shifting away from coal and toward less carbon-intensive fuels.

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ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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Wind, solar and biofuels are expected to be the fastest-growing energy sources, increasing about 6% a year on average through 2040, when they will be approaching 4% of global energy demand. By 2040, natural gas is expected to account for more than a quarter of global energy use, surpassing coal in the overall mix. Still, over time, global coal demand is expected to remain most prominent in Asia Pacific, primarily to support growing power-generation requirements.

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