US coal production has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years as cheaper sources of electric power and stricter environmental regulations reduce demand. The Energy Information Administration estimates 900 million short tons of coal were produced last year, a drop from about 1 billion short tons in 2014. That’s the lowest volume since 1986. The slump has led to bankruptcies and layoffs at coal mining companies. The combination of cheap natural gas and a slowdown in Chinese demand is reducing the amount of coal burned by power plants and negatively impacting the coal miners.

Lighting consumes 11% of all electricity in the US.

Onshore and offshore wind generated a record 11% of the UK’s electricity in 2015, up from 9.5% the year before, according to RenewableUK. This is the equivalent of meeting the electric power needs of more than 8.25 million households or around 30% of all UK homes. Onshore wind made up 5.8% of the UK’s electricity supply in 2015, while 5.2% came from offshore wind farms.

Middle East oil consortium, OPEC,  is predicting that 94% of cars on the road will still be powered by petroleum-based fuels in 2040. Battery-powered electric cars will capture just 1% of global vehicle sales by that time. The organization believes there will be little demand for other alternative-energy vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel and natural gas due to high costs and a lack of ubiquitous refueling stations. OPEC counts hybrid electric cars as oil-powered, because most of them run on petrol. It says hybrids will capture 14% market share by 2040.

Market intelligence firm LMC Automotive predicts plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids will capture just 3.3% of overall US car sales this year. By comparison, in Western Europe sales of electric, hybrid and alternative energy vehicles will account for 4.4% of total car sales.

OPEC predicts cars and trucks will consume about 17% more oil in 2040 compared to today as fuel demand from new customers in China and India soars. The petroleum organization also says over 40% of global oil demand comes from road vehicles and that is not expected to change over the next 25 years.

Ford Motor Company said it plans to triple the size of its fleet of self-driving test cars as part of an effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle development. The automaker is creating a fleet of Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous vehicles and accelerating the development and testing of its virtual driver software in both urban and suburban environments. Ford said it will be testing 30 vehicles in the US states of California, Arizona, and Michigan.

Renault-Nissan Alliance announced they plan to  build 10 different self-driving cars by 2020. The vehicles will be gradually phased into the U.S., Europe, Japan and China. The first version, to be introduced later this year, will be able to steer while traveling down a single lane on the highway. By 2018 the cars will be able to automatically navigate across several highway lanes and by 2020 will be able to traverse city streets on their own. Their goal is to change the way people get around and reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by humans.

Mercedes-Benz said it will bring 4 electric vehicles to market by 2018, rather than simply one as previously announced. The reason for the change in plans is to meet the competition from Tesla, BMW and Audi. The company wants to sell 20,000 units of each model with prices in the $100,000 range.

Ford Motor Company intends to bring 13 electric vehicles to market by 2020.

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