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New Cyber Attack Underway

June 27th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft (ROSN.MM) said a large-scale cyber attack hit its servers on Tuesday and computer systems at some banks and the main airport in neighboring Ukraine were also disrupted. A Moscow-based cyber security firm, Group-IB, said it appeared to be a coordinated attack simultaneously targeting victims in Russia and Ukraine. […]

France to Ban All New Oil and Gas Exploration; Reduce Nuclear Power Use

June 24th, 2017

Via: Independent: France is to stop granting licences for oil and gas exploration as part of a transition towards environmentally-friendly energy being driven by Emmanuel Macron’s government. Nicolas Hulot, the “ecological transition” minister said a law would be passed in the autumn. “There will be no new exploration licences for hydrocarbons,” he told BFMTV. The […]

Australia: Tesla Powerpack Trial on Transgrid Network

June 17th, 2017

Via: Electrek: Now we learn that Tesla has won the latest contract with Transgrid, the company operating the NSW transmission grid, in order to deploy Powerpack stations at several sites across New South Wales. They announced this week that the first installation will be a relatively small 250kW/500KWh Powerpack station at the City of Sydney’s […]

Spectacular Drop in Renewable Energy Costs Leads to Record Global Boost

June 13th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — From Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement: Petrofascism is alive and well in the U.S., but it’s too late to stop solar and wind. Trump’s energy policy is going up against the mathematical certainty that the costs associated with solar and wind energy […]

China’s Clean Energy Ambition Floats on Abandoned Coal Mine

June 12th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Bloomberg: China’s ambitions to dominate new energy technologies are unfolding at the site of an abandoned coal mine about 300 miles (483 kilometers) northwest of Shanghai. There, in Anhui province, Sungrow Power Supply Co. has built the world’s largest floating solar farm with 166,000 panels […]

Tesla’s Vice President of Solar Products: Competitors Are, “Kind of Fucked”

June 7th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — The quote in the title is referring to Tesla’s new solar roofing products, but as someone who sells more conventional solar products, the same can be said about the storage sector. I recently wrote: The storage industry needs to deal with the Tesla reality and […]

Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement

June 1st, 2017

Petrofascism is alive and well in the U.S., but it’s too late to stop solar and wind. Via: Reuters: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from U.S. allies […]

Bloomberg: Electric Vehicles Cheaper than Gas Vehicles by 2025

May 31st, 2017

I agree with this assessment much more than the one that said no gas cars by 2025. Via: Bloomberg: Now research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance indicates that falling battery costs will mean electric vehicles will also be cheaper to buy in the U.S. and Europe as soon as 2025. Batteries currently account for about […]

Biggest Threat to Utilities Is Not Solar + Storage, It’s Their Own Greed

May 31st, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I had written a long, obscenity laden rant about the retail energy cartel in New Zealand as the commentary on this story. Upon reading over what I’d written, and cleaning the spit off my screen, I realized that A) I’d written it all before and […]

Harnessing the Energy Generated When Freshwater Meets Saltwater

May 29th, 2017

I’d never heard of this before. Via: Phys.org: Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast. “The goal of this technology is to generate electricity from where the rivers meet the ocean,” said Christopher Gorski, assistant professor in environmental […]

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