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Cal on October 17th, 2017

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, announced it would no longer finance companies whose main business is the exploration, production, trading, or marketing of crude oil and natural gas from shale or tar sands projects.  The bank will also no longer finance liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals that predominantly liquefy and export gas from shale projects, […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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Cal on October 8th, 2017

Airbus plans to put its electric flying taxi, the CityAirbus, into operation late next year. This announcement came after a successful full-scale ground test of the vertical take-off and landing vehicle’s propulsion system. The vehicle is entirely battery-powered (with electric 100 kilowatt motors), uses a four propeller design to navigate through crowded cities, and can […]

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Cal on October 2nd, 2017

The government of Singapore announced it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks. The South Asian Republic receives an average annual solar irradiance of 1,580 kilowatts per metre squared per hour, and up to 50% more solar radiation than other temperate countries. Using photovoltaic cells, solar power is likely to be the […]

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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 21st, 2017

The US Energy Information Administration projects world energy consumption will increase by 28% between 2015 and 2040. Over that period coal demand will remain flat while renewable energy will be the world’s fastest-growing energy source. Nuclear energy is expected to be the second fastest-growing source. China and India will account for more than 60% of the world’s […]

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Cal on September 15th, 2017

German automaker Volkswagen announced it plans to invest more than 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in zero-emission vehicles by 2030, primarily electric cars. The world’s largest automaker said this week it would add 80 new electric cars across its multi-brand group by 2025, up from a previous goal of 30, and wanted to offer an electric version […]

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Cal on September 11th, 2017

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is forecasting a crippling 1 gigawatt energy shortfall in 2022, as Australia’s coal power plants begin to shut down, potentially leading to electric power shortages and rising prices for consumers. In particular, the proposed closure of the Liddell coal-fired power station in 2022 will materially increase the risk of […]

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