Big energy hugely underestimates electric cars, renewable power

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Mass adoption of electric cars and renewable energy could significantly decrease global consumption of fossil fuels. oil plug-in cars renewable energy energy fossil fuelsBut does the established energy industry view these new developments as a threat? In a recent report, ExxonMobil said coal could continue to provide the majority of the world's electricity-generation capacity in 2040, and that.

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We're there! Renewables now cheapest unsubsidized electricity in U.S.

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Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically. So much so, that renewable energy may have just hit an important milestone, according to one study. emissions climate change Study renewable energy solar wind energyIn the U.S., wind and solar power are now cheaper sources of electricity than natural gas—even without subsidies. DON'T MISS.

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All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

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Europe The Netherlands renewable energy Public transport Trains wind energyWhile modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time. As with electric cars, the source of the electricity used to power these trains impacts their overall carbon footprint. The cleaner an energy source, the cleaner the vehicles it powers. DON'T MISS: Alstom.

Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

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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 energyThe overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. And the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) will be good news indeed for electric-car drivers.

Trump names vocal renewable-energy critic to oversee.renewable energy

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Politics global warming Efficiency climate change carbon dioxide renewable energy fossil fuels Donald TrumpWhile the news headlines on President Donald Trump mostly address potential scandals, his administration has also lagged significantly in appointing top-level officials to run government agencies. Those that have been appointed often have an adversarial relationship to the missions of the agencies they run. Scott Pruitt, for example, is now.

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Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016 was renewable: IEA

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For years, renewable energy has been cast as the most expensive option to reduce emissions and the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But 2016 may have marked a turn for the renewable energy sector, with solar energy in particular rising significantly in output. For the first time in history, renewable energy sources accounted for fully two-thirds. China renewable energy solar clean energy energy wind energy

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China's five-year budget for renewable energy: $360 billion

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Despite a recent downturn, the Chinese government is moving full-speed ahead to invest heavily in renewable energy. The country's national regulators have already promoted renewable energy as a possible cure for the country's notoriously-bad air pollution. But China has placed more emphasis on renewable power in its latest five-year economic plan. China energy policy renewable energy Investment Donald Trump

Which oil companies invest in renewables, electric-car services?

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Europe oil plug-in cars Shell renewable energy fossil fuelsIf electric cars are adopted by mass-market buyers in years to come, that will lead over time to notably lower oil consumption. So what are oil companies doing to prepare for that possible outcome? Some continue to doubt whether electric cars will constitute a serious threat to their business in the coming decades—but others are branching.

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Renewable energy to hit 9 percent of U.S. total in 2017

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renewable-energy generating capacity is not only growing, but it is beginning to erode coal's share of the electricity-generating mix, according to new data from the U.S. The agency predicts renewable energy—particularly solar power—to continue growing. At the same time, a combination of renewable. emissions renewable energy solar clean energy wind energy

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UK renewable energy target revealed

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Just how large a share should renewable energy have of the energy market in the UK? According to the newly released Renewable Energy Review, by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the target should be 30 per cent by 2030. Biofuels Electric cars Green cars Latest news renewable energy Renewable Energy Review renewable energy target renewable transportation UK Committee on Climate Change

New bill in coal-producing Wyoming would ban renewable energy for utilities

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While renewable-energy use has grown substantially over the last few years, the regulatory environment remains volatile. Some states have worked hard to stimulate renewable energy, supporting infrastructure projects and offering incentives to consumers who install home solar arrays. But others have tried to restrict renewable energy, often at the. laws Politics energy policy electric utilities renewable energy fossil fuels

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Audi Produces e-Diesel Fuel From Water, CO2, Renewable Energy

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Biofuels Carbon Footprint biodiesel renewable diesel fuel Cars are getting more efficient, but the fuels that power them may soon change too. That''s especially true when it comes to diesel, where the loose "biodiesel" category is being expanded to include a new variety of synthetic fuels. These experimental diesel alternatives are chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel--meaning they can be used.

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When lauding renewables, look at utilization, not just capacity

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The news on the renewable energy front continues to be good, with the costs of wind and solar generation falling steadily. By some measures, large-scale renewable energy is now cost-competitive (or close) with the most efficient natural-gas electric plants. electric utilities renewable energy solar clean energy energy wind energyMoreover, the amounts of clean generating capacity installed continue to rise, both in.

Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

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A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy grid storageScientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely.

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Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

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Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. emissions energy policy Department of Energy renewable energy solar wind energyBut at what point will the industry be competitive enough with fossil fuels that subsidies will no longer be necessary? It's possible that will happen sooner, rather than later. DON'T.

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Half of North American power from renewable sources by 2025: plan

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Canada, and Mexico plan to announce a major renewable-energy goal when they meet in the Canadian capital of Ottawa this week. At the Three Amigos summit, they will unveil a plan to generate 50 percent of North America's power from renewable sources by 2025. emissions Canada mexico renewable energy energyThe leaders of the U.S., It's an ambitious plan, at least for two of the three.

Propel Renewable Diesel: Usable By Any Vehicle, Going Beyond 'Biodiesel'

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Green Biofuels Carbon Footprint alternative fuel vehicles biodiesel renewable diesel fuel Fuels produced using plant-based materials can offer a promising way to reduce the carbon emitted by road vehicles. That''s because their plant feedstocks absorb carbon dioxide from the air, bringing them far closer to a carbon-neutral footprint than any fuel refined from crude oil. But for diesel-powered vehicles, the term "biodiesel" is used.

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Fossil-fuel lobbyists join renewable peers against DoE coal, nuclear support plans

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He has pulled off an unusual feat, by uniting lobbyists for fossil-fuel interests with their counterparts advocating for renewable energy. Politics Department of Energy nuclear power DOE electric utilities regulation renewable energy energy Donald TrumpPity Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the man now running the cabinet department he couldn't remember that he wanted to eliminate altogether during a notorious 2011 presidential debate.

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Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

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And what I myself need from our next Representative in the House is the person who will most effectively help me drive the South Bay to 100% renewable energy as we transition off of fossil fuels in the next decade.

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Georgetown, Texas: Far From Green, But 100 Percent Renewable Energy--Why?

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if not in much of the rest of the developed world--that doesn''t have to hold up the growth of renewable-energy infrastructure. energy policy climate change Texas renewable energy solar state laws charging infrastructure wind energy While the politics of climate change remain contentious in the U.S.--if Because if there''s one thing everyone can agree on, it''s that saving money is great. And that''s why one city in the often conservative oil state of Texas.

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CR&R Environmental begins using carbon-neutral renewable natural gas in fleet

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SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental announced that renewable natural gas from CR&R’s anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California is now being used to fuel CR&R’s waste-hauling trucks. The trucks are being fueled from special storage trailers while SoCalGas completes a 1.4-mile pipeline that will bring the carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system. Southern California Gas Co.

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Global Bioenergies, IBN-One and Lantmännen Aspen partner on renewable isooctane for specialty fuel applications

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Global Bioenergies, IBN-One and Lantmännen Aspen, world market leader in alkylate gasoline for two- and four-stroke small engines, have entered into a partnership on renewable isooctane ( earlier post ) for specialty fuel applications. Renewable isooctane is a highly valued gasoline hydrocarbon suitable in several of Lantmännen Aspen specialty fuel ranges. Global Bioenergies has developed a process to convert renewable resources into gaseous isobutene via fermentation.

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What would it take to get Australia to 100-percent renewable energy?

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What would it take to convert an entire country to 100-percent renewable energy? Australian climate think tank Beyond Zero Emissions is publishing a series of plans addressing how different aspects of the country's economy and infrastructure can be converted to renewable energy. emissions energy policy Australia plug-in cars renewable energy transportation policyHow about a country that occupies an entire continent?

Neste Renewable Isoalkane to be used for Avantherm’s renewable products for transferring heat and cold

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Avantherm , a Swedish company specializing in heat transfer media products, has started using Neste Renewable Isoalkane to produce the next generation, high-performance and more environmentally friendly heat transfer media. Avantherm thus becomes one of the first companies to market Heat Transfer Media produced from renewable raw materials.

Clariant enters next phase with Global Bioenergies’ renewable isobutene for high-value application

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Triggered by the successful completion of a first series of tests of its renewable isobutene for a high-value application, Clariant has now ordered a larger batch of renewable isobutene from Global Bioenergies for a second phase of evaluation. In June last year, Global Bioenergies provided Clariant with a first sample of its renewable isobutene on which Clariant then successfully carried out first chemical tests and analysis.

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Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

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When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. That creates a powerful incentive for switching to renewable sources, and often means there's little if any local competition. energy infrastructure renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode IslandIslands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which drives up energy costs for the people who live there.

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£5,000 on offer for renewable energy projects

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Renewable energy projects can win up to 5,000 of funding as part of a competition launched this week. The first five renewable energy projects to raise £5,000 via crowdfunding platform peoplefund.it will receive another five grand in match funding to support their project from community renewable energy platform, energyshare. Latest news energyshare renewable renewable energy

What Country Powered Itself Entirely On Renewable Energy For 75 Days?

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The idea of an electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy may seem like a utopian dream, but one country has recently achieved it, albeit briefly. That would be little Costa Rica, which claims to have powered itself using only renewable energy for 75 days. CHECK OUT: World''s First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish. Green Costa Rica clean energy energy infrastructure energy policy renewable energy

VW Renewable Diesel Test Finds Same Drivability, Lower Carbon Emissions

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Three years ago, Volkswagen announced that it was testing two different types of renewable diesel fuel in a pair of its TDI diesel-engined cars sold in the U.S. The renewable fuel gave the same performance as conventional crude oil-based diesel, and cut wells-to-wheels. Green alternative fuel vehicles biodiesel renewable diesel fuel

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Neste and American Airlines collaborate to explore opportunities for renewable fuel use; High Freeze Point HEFA

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Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, and American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to further reduce American’s environmental footprint through the use of Neste’s renewable fuels. We share a common view that innovative low-carbon solutions are needed to help the aviation industry meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and renewable jet fuel is an important part of the solution.

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Study shows renewable diesel from crude tall oil is a high quality drop-in fuel for off-road engines

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A team from the University of Vaasa (Finland) and UPM-Kymmene Corporation has examined how the blends of fossil and renewable diesel produced from crude tall oil (CTO) affect the performance and exhaust emissions of the modern common-rail off-road diesel engine. The study, published in the journal Fuel , used four different fuel blends of low-sulfur fossil diesel fuel oil and CTO renewable fuel, UPM BioVerno (HB): HB10, HB20, HB50, and HB100.

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Scotland shows path toward boosting renewable energy in a big way

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But its persistent winds make the country a great place for renewable energy. Europe UK renewable energy Scotland energy wind energyScotland isn't known for having the most pleasant weather. Over the past few years, officials have overseen the construction of numerous wind turbines, in hopes of turning Scotland's weather into a useful resource. CHECK OUT: What Country Powered Itself Entirely On.

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Smallest state poses big question: natural gas or renewable energy?

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Rhode Island is in the midst of deciding whether to continue getting a large portion of energy from fossil fuels, or to switch to renewable energy. emissions natural gas renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode IslandThe smallest U.S. state now faces a big question on energy policy. Those options are represented by two competing projects: a large natural-gas power plant, and an offshore wind farm. DON'T MISS: Dirty.

Minnesota Energy Coop Offers Renewable Power To Electric-Car Owners, At No Extra Cost

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Now a Minnesota energy cooperative is offering all-renewable. Minnesota electric utilities plug-in cars renewable energy wind energyMany electric-car owners start to think more seriously about the source of their electricity when they plug their cars in to recharge. And at least in California, data show that owners of plug-in electric cars have far higher interest in photovoltaic solar panels than drivers at large.

Global Bioenergies successfully scales up renewable isobutene process in Leuna Demo plant

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Global Bioenergies has succeeded in producing isobutene by fermentation at the scale of the Leuna Demo plant (a 5,000-liter fermenter), with run length and performances exceeding those performed on the pilot plant in Pomacle (a 500-liter fermenter). Success in this phase of the process’ scale up was obtained less than five months after start-up of the fermentation unit at the Leuna Demo plant, in December 2016.

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IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Renewable Energy Won't Cause Electric Utility 'Death Spiral': Study

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Beware the idea of a "death spiral," heralded by some as the inevitable result for electric utilities of mass adoption of renewable energy sources--particularly solar. Under this scenario, advances in renewable energy will allow consumers to generate more of their own power. As more customers leave the network, the theory goes, companies will be

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Trump DoE to critique renewables against coal for grid reliability

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It is also widely accepted that renewable energy sources. Politics energy policy Department of Energy DOE electric utilities renewable energy fossil fuels Donald TrumpIt is widely accepted in the energy industry that U.S. coal production will fall as a percentage of the total electric grid mix. That has little to do with its high carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour generated; it is largely due to far greater supplies of much cheaper fracked natural gas.

American Refining Group taking 1/3 stake in Amyris/Cosan Novvi JV; accelerating commercialization of renewable base oil and lubricants

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formed in 2011 to produce renewable base oils and lubricants from Amyris’ Biofene—Amyris’s brand of a renewable, long-chain, branched hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene (trans-ß-farnesene). American Refining Group (ARG) is taking a 33.3%

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Senate Group Pushes EPA To Add More Biodiesel In Renewal Fuel Standard

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Despite a Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandating its use, ethanol isn't doing too well these days--either in mild blends for the majority of cars and trucks, or as E85 for "flex-fuel" vehicles. Green biodiesel congress energy policy ethanol renewable diesel fuelEnthusiasm for alternative fuels has dropped considerably over the past few years.