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Cal on December 4th, 2017

More spending on renewable energies? You’re joking. The subsidies set aside for renewable energies are forcing consumers to pay higher electricity rates – a sort of invisible tax. The power bill keeps rising, but the customer does not know why.” — James Hansen, former NASA director and one of the most prominent exponents of CO2 […]

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Cal on November 12th, 2017

The European Commission is proposing a 30% CO2 reduction from 2021 to 2030 for light-duty vehicles (new cars and vans). 2025 will have an intermediary target of a 15% reduction. The purpose is to spur a rapid transition from internal combustion engines to alternative fuels. The proposed regulation applies to all passenger cars and light commercial […]

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Cal on September 30th, 2017

Professor Vaclav Smil tells us that when it comes to energy storage, size matters. A small national electric grid — one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts — could rely entirely on intermittent renewable energy sources (like wind and solar) only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours. The largest announced storage system, comprising more than […]

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Cal on September 13th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey appears to be the most destructive event for cars in the history of the US. Based on early estimates floodwaters destroyed hundreds of thousands of vehicles causing US auto companies to bump up production beyond their original plans for this year. Ethylene is one of the most important petrochemicals on the planet and much […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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Cal on July 9th, 2017

Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. said the volume of natural gas estimated in the Tamar field off Israel stands at 11.2 trillion cubic feet, with an additional 14.6 million barrels of condensate. This is a 13% increase from the previous estimate of this natural gas bonanza. Condensate is an ultra-light mixture of hydrocarbon liquids. Once on […]

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Cal on June 26th, 2017

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil announced the development of a modified algae strain that could push algae-based energy closer to being a commercially viable alternative energy source. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that over the next two decades, the cost of solar power will still drop another two-thirds, onshore wind costs will be cut nearly in […]

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Cal on June 25th, 2017

The US city of Philadelphia announced it was the 10oth city in the US to commit to 100% renewable energy by the year 2035, a target sit by the Sierra Club for all US cities. The US city of Columbia, South Carolina said it too would be depending on 100% renewable energy by 2035. A […]

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