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Solar Power Grew Faster Than Any Other Source of Fuel for the First Time in 2016

October 4th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Bloomberg: Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. The institution established after the first major oil crisis […]

With Widespread Power Failures, Puerto Rico Is Cash Only

October 1st, 2017

Via: New York Times: Juan Jimenez squinted into the dark lobby of his bank early Friday, thinking about the paycheck sitting in his account, just behind the locked doors. If only he could get to it. With power failures and communications outages still widespread nine days after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico has become […]

First Look at Shell’s New Electric Car Charging Stations Being Deployed at Its Gas Stations

September 27th, 2017

Via: Electrek: Earlier this year, oil giant Shell announced that they would start deploying electric car charging stations in Britain and the Netherlands. Today, we get our first look at the custom charging stations that they are deploying and they look just like gas pumps.

Tesla Powerwall 2 Installations Finally Start to Accelerate

September 27th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — As someone in the industry, it was immediately clear to me, from the moment the Powerwall 2 was announced, that it had no competition: As far as I can tell, this authoritatively blows away all other residential energy storage options… This is a bit disturbing […]

Dyson Launching “Expensive” Electric Vehicle in 2020

September 27th, 2017

Via: Guardian: British inventor Sir James Dyson has announced plans to build an electric car that will be “radically different” from current models and go on sale in 2020. The billionaire who revolutionised the vacuum cleaner said 400 engineers in Wiltshire had been working since 2015 on the £2.5bn project. No prototype has yet been […]

BYD Predicts Ambitious China Shift to Electric Cars by 2030

September 24th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd (002594.SZ) expects the country’s shift to cleaner new-energy vehicles (NEV) to be complete in just over a decade, an aggressive timeframe that would challenge traditional carmakers in the world’ top auto market. All vehicles in the country will be “electrified” by 2030, which could range from full electric […]

Mercedes Plots Tesla Attack With $1 Billion U.S. Electric Push

September 21st, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Daimler AG plans to spend $1 billion to start production of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles at its Alabama factory, setting the world’s largest luxury-car maker up to battle with battery-car specialist Tesla Inc. on its home turf. The German automaker will build its fifth battery plant globally and create more than 600 jobs in […]

New Zealand: One Pipeline Rupture Later…

September 18th, 2017

Update: New Zealand Military Deploying for Fuel Transportation — Update: Air New Zealand Restricting Ticket Sales, Cargo Reduced — New Zealand is a funny place. It sort of pretends to be a modern, first world sort of place, when in actuality, it’s a hair’s width away from infrastructure collapse at all times. Combine the she’ll-be-‘right […]

Volkswagen Spends Billions More on Electric Cars in Search for Mass Market

September 12th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Volkswagen is stepping up its shift to electric cars and plans to invest more than 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to challenge pioneer Tesla in creating a mass market. The world’s largest automaker by sales said on Monday it would roll out 80 new electric cars across its […]

Irma: Over 5 Million Homes and Businesses Without Electricity in Florida

September 10th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm’s power waned as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities.

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