EGEB: Kansas’s first big wind farm turns 20. Here’s how it’s going


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Gray County Wind Farm in Kansas is celebrating its 20th birthday. more… The post EGEB: Kansas’s first big wind farm turns 20.

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Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern to combine to create first US-Mexico-Canada rail network; $29B enterprise value

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Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have entered into a merger agreement, under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately USD$29 billion, which includes the assumption of $3.8


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Ford to assemble electric E-Transit van in Kansas City; building out $3.2B North American EV manufacturing capability

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Ford Motor Company announced that its Kansas City Assembly Plant will build the all-new E-Transit van, part of a more than $3.2 Ford is investing an additional $100 million in its Kansas City plant and adding approximately 150 full-time permanent jobs to build the E-Transit, a zero-emissions version of Transit, America’s best-selling commercial van.

Electric utility in Kansas leads push to get electric cars on roads

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CHECK OUT: Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites (Jan 2015) A. electric utilities plug-in cars charging Missouri charging infrastructure KansasWhen it comes to promoting electric cars, California is rightfully viewed as the most active. But efforts are not limited to the Golden State. If one electric utility has its way, more electric cars will soon be plying the roads of America's heartland.

NSF funds U of Kansas researcher developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries

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Supported by a new five-year, $500,000- grant from the National Science Foundation, a researcher from the University of Kansas is developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent overheating in lithium-ion batteries.

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Kansas City Airport 1st in US to deploy battery-electric bus service; 4 BYD 30' buses

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Kansas City International Airport and BYD, North America’s largest electric bus manufacturer, announced delivery of the airport’s four battery-electric 30-ft. BYD customized the buses for Kansas City Airport to include luggage racks for passenger use. Kansas City Council approved the order of four 30 ft. battery-electric transit coaches for use at Kansas City Airport in November 2016.

Kansas City Assembly Plant comes on line as second US plant building new Ford F-150

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Ford has begun production of the 2015 F-150 ( earlier post ) at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.

Kansas Geological Survey Receives $5M Grant to Study CO2 Storage

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The Kansas Geological Survey based at the University of Kansas has received a nearly $5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to study the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide underground. Awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grant is the largest ever received by the Kansas Geological Survey. Kansas Geological Survey geologists Lynn Watney and Saibal Bhattacharya are leading the investigation.

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First CNG and propane-capable 2016 Ford F-150 rolls off the line in Kansas City

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The first 2016 Ford F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas has rolled off the assembly line in Kansas City. The 2016 Ford F-150 with 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites

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Kansas City, Missouri, will become the latest municipality to gain an electric-car charging infrastructure this year. A local utility company is leading the effort to build a comprehensive network of charging sites for drivers of plug-in vehicles. DON''T MISS: BMW, VW, And ChargePoint To Build 100 CCS Fast-Charging Sites For Electric Cars Over the

Ford to invest $400M in Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of a new vehicle

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Ford Motor Company will build a new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after Ford Escape production moves to Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant and retooling of the Kansas City facility is complete. Ford will invest $400 million in the Kansas City plant to install a new body shop, new tooling and other upgrades. Kansas City Assembly Plant opened in 1951 and has approximately 3,750 employees.

Smith Electric Vehicles secures new strategic investor and battery supplier; production to resume in Kansas City in mid-2014

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Smith Electric will resume production in its Kansas City, Missouri, facility in mid-summer 2014. Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) has secured a $42-million commitment from Li-ion battery developer and manufacturer Sinopoly Battery Limited for a conditional subscription of Series AA convertible promissory notes, Series E preferred stock and common stock of post-listing of SEV in the amounts of US$2 million, US$10 million and US$30 million, respectively.

Ford to build Transit commercial van at Kansas City Plant; $1.1B investment

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Ford Motor Company confirmed that it will build the full-size Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant when the new product joins its North American lineup in 2013. The current SUV line at the Kansas City facility, which will be idled for re-tooling after the current Escape model is phased out in April, will re-open in 2013.

Kansas Considers Taxing Electric Car Owners When They Plug In

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The state of Kansas is famous for a lot of things, from its wild sunflowers and large wheat-fields through to its miles and miles of straight roads, an incredibly flat landscape, and a certain 1939 musical about a little girl, a tornado, and her dog. This week however, Kansas became one of the first states in the country to consider taxing

SandRidge Energy and Repsol enter $1B Mississippian oil play JV in Kansas

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Under the agreement, SandRidge will sell an approximate 25% non-operated working interest, or 250,000 net acres, in the Extension Mississippian play located in Western Kansas and an approximate 16% non-operated working interest, or 113,636 net acres, in its Original Mississippian play. Oklahoma-based oil and gas company SandRidge Energy, Inc. has entered into a joint venture with a subsidiary of Spain-based Repsol YPF, S.A.

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Toyota Exec Slams Tesla, First 2016 Chevy Volt Ad, Kansas City Charging Sites: Today's Car News

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Today we witness the latest Toyota attack on electric cars, the first television ad for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and a new project in Kansas City encompassing 1,000 electric-car charging sites. Kansas City Power & Light will build 1,000 electric-car charging sites in collaboration with ChargePoint and

E15 Ethanol Gasoline Arrives.At One Station In Kansas

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And kicking off that trend is one lone gas station in Kansas, the first to sell E15 gasoline. If ever there was a suitable place to sell stronger blends of ethanol in gasoline, it's the midwest. With vast supplies of common crops like corn, the midwestern states are ideal for ethanol production and sales. E15, a blend of gasoline with 15 percent

Study establishes feasibility of near-miscible CO2 injection to recover significant percentage of residual oil in Kansas oilfields

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A study by the University of Kansas Center for Research funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has established the feasibility of using near-miscible CO 2 injection for recovering between 250 million and 500 million additional barrels of oil from Kansas oilfields. billion barrels of total Kansas oil produced over the past 100 years. Near-miscible CO 2 flooding may be applicable to thousands of mature oilfields in Kansas and prevent them from being abandoned prematurely.

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Ford to take Transit production to Kansas City

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Kansas City,Missouri, will benefit from a new Ford Transit Assembly Plant when the product joins the North American line-up in 2013. Ford Green cars Latest news Ford Assembly Plant Ford Transit Ford Transit production Kansas City MissouriFord has announced that it will invest $1.1billion in a new body shop, new tooling in the Final Assembly area, an upgraded paint shop and an all-new integrated stamping plant. Part of the investment [.].

Guest blogger: Andrew Grin - From Kansas to LA

Revenge of the Electric Car

This week we welcome Andrew Grin, a 16 year old sophomore from Kansas City who spent the day with us filming during the LA Auto Show. Andrew owns a converted pure EV Hyundai. My first sighting of smog-filled Los Angeles brought a sad thought to my mind. A few weeks back, I read a study which found that dirty air in Southern California’s coastal basin and the San Joaquin Valley kills more people than car accidents. But I came to LA to glimpse the future, not dwell on the past.

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Researchers Modify Oilseed To Lower Viscosity For Use As Biodiesel Fuel

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The latest news is comes from Kansas, where. Biofuels research biodiesel diesel fuel KansasHeading into another U.S. presidential election year, getting more biofuels into the U.S. gasoline supply continues to pose both political and logistical hurdles. But researchers, regulators, and entrepeneurs increasingly see promise in synthetic diesel created from a variety of non-fossil fuel sources.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Selects Kansas City for Electric Truck Assembly Plant; Newton Model to Be First

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation ( SEV US ) has selected Kansas City as the site for its US assembly plant. The new assembly plant will be located at a portion of an airline overhaul base at Kansas City International (KCI) Airport and is expected to create 120 jobs by 2010. The SEV US decision to locate the plant in Kansas City represents an initial investment of $10 million in the metro area. The SEV US Newton. Click to enlarge.

Kansas Students To Drive Coast To Coast On Electric Car Trip

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It's human nature to take on challenges, and for many in the electric car industry that means embarking upon huge road trips in cars not known for their long ranges. We've seen trips from Alaska to Mexico in an electric race car and 25,000 miles in a Tesla Roadster, amongst others. Minddrive's idea of an electric car road trip is taking their

Could streetlight-based charging help apartment dwellers go electric?

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The Kansas City Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) will install streetlight-based EV charging stations under a pilot program evaluating curbside charging.

Strong US EV sales, curbside charging, BYD and $25,000 Tesla: Today’s Car News

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A curbside charging project in Kansas City shows what could be done in many U.S. cities. The electric car sales charts aren’t just pointing to a Tesla market anymore. And could the most affordable Tesla for China be powered by cells from another EV maker?

Smith Electric Vehicles welcomes President Obama

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The President of the United States is set to pay a visit to Smith Electric Vehicles today, as he heads to the firm’s plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Tags: Electric cars electric trucks electric vans Kansas Newton Obama President Smith Electric Vehicles U.S The electric vehicle producer is the only company President Obama will visit today, where he is expected to discuss the economy with the plant’s 50 workers. Bryan [.].

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Advocating electric in the heartland

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Kansas City EAA chapter members challenge government regulation as part of their efforts to support clean energy. I’m the unofficial guy keeping tabs on what happens legislatively in Kansas,” said Schwanke, noting that he has testified at hearings way more times than he can remember.

Seaboard Energy selects Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to produce renewable diesel

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The 6,500 barrels-per-day renewable diesel unit is currently under construction at Seaboard Energy’s site in Hugoton, Kansas, and is scheduled for operation at the end of 2021. Topsoe is the licensor and supplier of basic engineering, proprietary equipment, catalyst, and technical services for Seaboard Energy’s renewable fuels complex in Hugoton, Kansas.

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EGEB: US solar sets a Q1 record, but there may be trouble ahead


The largest utility in Kansas will make its first solar investments and says it will reach net zero by 2045. In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Clean energy made up nearly 100% of all new Q1 electric capacity, but problems are looming.

Electric Truck Maker Smith Vehicles Suspends Operations, Not Shutting Down

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Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has become the latest electric-vehicle building startup to cease operations--though the company says it isn''t shutting its doors for good. According to Kansas City Business Journal, the The firm builds electrically-powered commercial vehicles both in the U.S. and abroad, but hasn''t yet turned a profit.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies secures $2.5M to advance diesel-free truck demonstration; ethanol-fueled MCCI

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million in additional financing from several investors, including the Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois Corn Growers Associations. ClearFlame Engine Technologies , a growing startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology ( earlier post ), secured $2.5 The new funding will help ClearFlame deploy pilot Class 8 trucks with its patented technology. The company plans to have demonstration trucks on the road by the end of 2021.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport adds two BYD electric buses

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Kansas City International Airport has four 30-foot BYD battery-electric K7s, and BYD’s largest airport customer to date, Los Angeles World Airports, has ordered 20 of BYD’s 60-foot articulated K11Ms.

Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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The event is being hosted by the Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in conjunction with Veolia/Kansas City Transportation Group and Alliance AutoGas. The converted F-150 will travel across the country from Kansas City to Seattle, WA, and back through the US, stopping along the way, to complete its journey in Jacksonville, FL, on 18 May, followed by a Homecoming event in Asheville, NC, on 23 May.

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USDA invests $26 million in biofuel infrastructure to expand availability of higher-blend renewable fuels in 23 states

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The announcement includes investments in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states.

Paseo Biofuels boosting biodiesel capacity by 40%

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Investors in Paseo Biofuels, LLC, the Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) and Cargill announced an expansion to the Paseo biodiesel plant in Kansas City, Mo. It is located near the Paseo Bridge in Kansas City, Mo. that will increase biodiesel production capacity by 40%. Using soybean oil as its primary feedstock, the facility, which opened in 2008, produces 40 million gallons of biodiesel and 30 million pounds of food-grade glycerin annually.

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Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment

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The Kansas City-based maker of electric trucks announced that it has secured a $42 million investment commitment from Sinopoly Battery Limited--a producer of lithium-ion batteries and other electric-car components. Smith Electric Vehicles may be rebounding after it suspended operations last month.

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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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Kansas State University. The research team consisting of the University of Kansas and the Ohio State University will work together to: Identify severities of UAS flight upset due to wake turbulence to help the FAA assess risk of upset and to develop policy, guidance, and procedures for mitigating UAS wake turbulence encounters; and. University of Kansas – lead University. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.5

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Other: University of Kansas Center for Research Inc. plans to study the feasibility of recovering critical minerals from coal and associated strata in the Cherokee-Forest City Basin encompassing Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and the Osage Nation.

Smith Electric Vehicles adding hundreds of jobs to Chicago with new factory

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Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday. The new manufacturing plant is expected to add hundreds of

Electric Monster Truck Crushes Puny Gasoline Cars This Weekend

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If you're at the AutoRama Car Show in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend, you'll be able to see it in action. Remember the world's first all-electric monster truck? We're told it'll be "participating in two car-crush demonstrations per day", which sounds like a polite way of saying it'll be causing total mechanical carnage as it pulverises a

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Nextchem and Saola Energy partner to deliver renewable diesel technology

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NextChem, an Italian renewable energy technology company, is partnering with Kansas-based Saola Energy to support the production of renewable diesel from vegetable oils and residual fats.

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BP, DuPont JV Butamax acquires ethanol plant to add bio-isobutanol production capability as demo plant

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Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, acquired Nesika Energy, LLC and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. When the newly acquired facility in Kansas has bio-isobutanol production capability, it will be used as a demonstration facility for potential licensees to see the technology in operation and serve as a proving ground for future developments.

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Audi of America expands Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA)

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Houston, Kansas City, Kansas; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Fla.; Audi of America announced an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), another industry first in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies from the brand.

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