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Blast at French nuclear plant does not pose contamination risk, say experts

February 9, 2017,   by Adam Vaughan

Authorities say fire in turbine hall was outside nuclear zones of Flamanville power station near Cherbourg

Category: Nuclear Power

VW unveils how it will spend its $2 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure from the Dieselgate settlement

February 8, 2017,   by Fred Lamber

VW says that most of the stations will be DC fast-charging, including some with a power capacity over 150 kW.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Beyond nuclear power: Japan’s smart energy communities mushroom

February 7, 2017,   by Andrew DeWit

However, what’s being missed in this narrative is the hundreds of districts across Japan that are building local distributed energy systems that maximize efficiency and use of local renewable-energy...

Category: Nuclear Power

France’s Next President May Face $3 Billion Nuclear Hangover

February 3, 2017,   by Francois De Beaupuy

Whoever succeeds Francois Hollande as France’s president may find one of their first tasks in office will be selling off some of the nation’s prized assets to prop up the state’s nuclear industry.

Category: Nuclear Power

Man To Chevy Dealer: “Hey, You Got Any Bolts?”

January 31, 2017,   by Steve Bakker

The promise from GM for quite some time had been that the Bolt would be available in late 2016. It was now very late 2016, and I wanted to get the story directly from the horse’s mouth.

Category: Electric Vehicles

BMW and Nissan partner to build 174 more DC fast-charging stations for their electric vehicles

January 24, 2017,   by Fred Lambert

The companies are announcing today another batch of 174 new DC fast-charging station across 33 states.

Category: Electric Vehicles

California’s Clean Fuel Rebate for Electric Vehicles—What a Deal

January 20, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

It’s a deal almost too good to be true: Get paid to drive an electric car. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

PG&E: Clean Fuel Rebate for fueling electric vehicles

January 17, 2017,  

As an electric vehicle (EV) owner, you're contributing to a cleaner energy future by fueling your vehicle with electricity. PG&E customers with EVs are eligible to receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Maker of electric vehicle components sets up in West Sacramento

January 17, 2017,   by Ben van der Meer

A Japanese company that manufactures components for electric vehicles is setting up its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. manufacturing facility in West Sacramento.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France can’t meet its own power demand

January 12, 2017,   by Craig Morris

France was heavily dependent on power imports during the first cold spell of this winter. Yet, most of the country’s reactors are back online.

Category: Nuclear Power

E.P.A. Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Secretly Violating Emissions Standards

January 12, 2017,   by HIROKO TABUCHI

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler of installing secret software that allowed more than 100,000 of its diesel vehicles to emit pollutants above legal levels.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The year coal collapsed: 2016 was a turning point for Britain’s electricity

January 6, 2017,   by Grant Wilson, Iain Staffell

Britain’s electricity was the cleanest it had been in 60 years, as coal collapsed and renewables rose to record levels.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Will power prices ever support new nuclear build?

January 4, 2017,   by Jan Ondřich

New nuclear projects need power price of around EUR 127/MWh in 2015 prices, as the Hinkley Point C project in the UK shows. And this price needs to be indexed to inflation. It is highly unlikely...

Category: Nuclear Power

Monju prototype reactor, once a key cog in Japan’s nuclear energy policy, to be scrapped

December 21, 2016,  

Once envisioned as playing a key role in Japan’s nuclear fuel-recycling policy, the controversial Monju prototype fast-breeder atomic reactor will now be scrapped, the government formally announced...

Category: Nuclear Power

Swiss reject nuclear phaseout schedule in referendum

December 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

At the end of November, Switzerland clearly rejected a proposal by the Greens for a fast closure of the country’s five reactors, leaving the Swiss with a phaseout plan without a roadmap

Category: Nuclear Power

Energiewende MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

December 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris, IASS Potsdam

28 videos on the Energiewende with an emphasis on the Electricity Rebels who sparked a renewable energy revolution in Germany.

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Nuclear Power

How far behind is California on electric cars?

December 2, 2016,   by Foon Rhee

A new study is raising further doubts about whether the state will make its goal of 1.5 million electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2025.

Category: Electric Vehicles

French nuclear power in 'worst situation ever', says former EDF director

November 29, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

The French nuclear industry is in its “worst situation ever” because of a spate of plant closures in France and the complexities it faces with the UK’s Hinkley Point C power station, according to a...

Category: Nuclear Power

It’s Not Just Clean Air: Electric Cars Can Save the US Billions

November 27, 2016,   by Aarian Marshall

According to a new report from the American Lung Association of California, cars are responsible for $37 billion in health and climate costs each year.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Quebec approves new law to boost sales of zero emission vehicles

November 26, 2016,  

Quebec, the first Canadian province to pass such legislation, joins 10 U.S. states including California that have similar laws designed to grow the supply and sales of plug-in electric vehicles at a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The long history of “recently discovered” nuclear safety issues

November 25, 2016,   by Craig Morris

At present, around the third of France’s nuclear fleet is currently off-line as safety experts inspect small cracks in containment vessels. Earlier this year, we learned that improper manufacturing...

Category: Nuclear Power

Chattanooga plant a contender to assemble VW electric vehicles

November 23, 2016,   by Mike Pare

Volkswagen on Tuesday unveiled plans to assemble electric vehicles in North America starting in 2021, potentially putting production of battery-powered cars in Chattanooga.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW shifts focus to electric cars with US expansion plan

November 22, 2016,   by AFP

Volkswagen said it wants to be the world leader in electric cars by 2025 as it unveiled a major shift to clean-energy vehicles in the wake of the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Thorium: a future option for nuclear?

November 21, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The documentary thus is an ad for thorium and cleverly begins with one in order to appear more objective; a comic strip version of the late nuclear expert Alvin Weinberg tells viewers he i

Category: Nuclear Power

Solar Charging an Electric Vehicle—on the Road

November 17, 2016,  

John Rowell likes to push boundaries. Rowell, the man behind pushed his Nissan Leaf, a mass-market electric vehicle (EV), to the end of Mineral King National Park and had to coast...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, News on Solar Energy

Swiss try to give away nuclear plants, find no taker

November 16, 2016,   by Craig Morris

On the weekend, Swiss media reported (in German and in French) that Swiss reactor operator Alpiq could find no buyer for its two nuclear plants and is therefore hoping to give them to the Swiss...

Category: Nuclear Power

New DC Fast Charger in South Bakersfield & Delano

November 15, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

At long last there is another DC Fast Charger (DCFC) in Bakersfield. For many years the only DCFC station in the Bakersfield metropolitan area was at the Nissan Dealer in Gasoline Alley.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The next generation of electric vehicles is on the way

November 15, 2016,   by Peter Slowik

Anyone in the market for a new electric vehicle may feel overwhelmed by the multitude of recent automaker announcements unveiling new consumer options. Proponents of electric vehicles are bound to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Trump might not make much of a difference to action on climate change

November 14, 2016,   by Dave Toke

For a start the Paris Agreement already has enough national states as signatures representing a high enough proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions to remain valid with a US withdrawal. The...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Trump Contribution to Global Warming Policy

November 12, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Trump has been elected president. Most people expect this to be bad news for climate policy. But Trump has already contributed strongly to the effort.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Renault Zoe EV: Cologne to Miehlen on One Charge

November 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

On 1 November Thilo Wirth rented a Renault Zoe from Cambio car sharing service for a trip from Cologne to Miehlen, Germany. The Zoe is Renault’s version of the Nissan Leaf, a mass-market electric...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

For decades the future of electric vehicles has seemed a few years away

November 8, 2016,   by MATT BUBBERS

The date of the electric-automobile revolution has been rescheduled, now pencilled in for 2025.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Environmental groups: Use Colorado’s Volkswagen settlement money for electric vehicle charging stations

November 7, 2016,   by Emilie Rusch

Environmental groups urged the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Monday to use the state’s share of the $14.7 billion Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement to build out a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Zero-nuclear policy can lead opposition to victory: Koizumi

November 5, 2016,   by SHINICHI SEKIN

An anti-nuclear stance taken by opposition parties could lift them from their doldrums and defeat the ruling coalition, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said, pointing to the recent Niigata...

Category: Nuclear Power

China Electric Car Quota Legislation

November 3, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

China wants to introduce a modest quota of 8 percent electrical vehicles from 2018. German car makers are not happy about those plans, since they have been slow to develop hybrids and electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Battery Degradation Two-Year Status Report: 2015 Nissan Leaf

November 1, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We recently passed the two-year mark on our 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery electric vehicle (EV). The event was a good time to take stock of how much the Leaf’s traction battery has degraded during that...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fighting in the Trenches Doesn’t Excuse Ignorance on Carbon Taxes

October 28, 2016,   by Charles Komanoff

A charitable way to view Food and Water Watch’s intemperate and misguided attacks this week on carbon taxing is that these energetic activists are so consumed with fighting fracking, pipelines and...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Chevy Volt Revisited: A Solid 40-Mile EV with a Range Extender

October 26, 2016,  

I have revisited my harsh criticism of the Chevy Volt. In the summer of 2011, I was asked to do test drive the car for Automobile Magazine as part of a photo shoot among the wind farms in the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Express DCFC Stations Over Tejon Pass Driver Alert

October 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) over the Tejon Pass on I-5 that plan to use two new DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) should have contingency plans. Depending upon the vehicle they are driving, they may...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Cost to scrap Fukushima nuclear plant massively underestimated, Japanese officials admit

October 25, 2016,  

The cost of cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may rise to several billion dollars a year, from less than US$800 million now, Japan’s industry ministry said on...

Category: Nuclear Power

Opposition to nuclear energy grows in Japan

October 21, 2016,   by Julian Ryall

A poll conducted by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper on October 15 and 16 determining that 57 percent of the public is against the nation's nuclear power plants being restarted, and just 29 percent...

Category: Nuclear Power

Washington State’s I-732: A Climate Measure for the Society We Have

October 18, 2016,   by Charles Komanoff

If climate change is a war, the millennials are fighting while the establishment is hiding. Calling out the old guard’s “deafening silence” (or worse) on the Washington state carbon tax.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Electric Cars Could Send Oil Companies Into ‘Death Spiral’: People Who Know About Money

October 18, 2016,   by Michael Ballaban

Economists and reporters have been saying that electric cars could actually kill the oil industry for a little while now, but it hasn’t made a lot of real-world impact so far. But now Fitch, an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oil groups ‘threatened’ by electric cars Fitch says investors could sell out of energy companies

October 18, 2016,   by Pilita Clark, Andrew Ward and Neil Hume in London

Oil companies face a “resoundingly negative” threat from a sharp growth of electric cars, one of the leading credit rating agencies has warned....

Category: Electric Vehicles

Japanese anti-nuclear candidate wins election at site of world's biggest atomic power station

October 16, 2016,  

An anti-nuclear candidate has been elected in a region of Japan that houses the world’s biggest atomic power station, striking a blow to Tokyo Electric Power’s attempts to restart the plant in the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric vehicles are cheaper to fuel in all 50 states, savings between $300 to $1,300 per year

October 12, 2016,   by Fred Lambert

It might sound like an obvious thing to most people, electricity is cheaper than gas, but I find that people are not really aware of the electricity rate discrepancy around the US and the world. It’s...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nissan Quietly Discontinues 24 kWh Battery Option For Entry-Level Nissan LEAF, 30kWh Pack Now Standard

October 11, 2016,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Optional in some markets on higher-end trim models and standard in the U.S. on the Nissan LEAF SL and Nissan LEAF SV trim models, the 30 kWh battery pack has quickly become the standard battery pack...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In 5 Years, China Could Build More EV Chargers Than the Rest of the World Combined

October 11, 2016,   by Jason Deign

China is stepping up electric-vehicle charging station installations amid analyst forecasts that EV penetration could hit 60 percent in major cities by 2030.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britain’s Nuclear Cover-Up

October 10, 2016,   by PETER WYNN KIRBY

Last month, the British government signed off on what might be the most controversial and least promising plan for a nuclear power station in a generation.

Category: Nuclear Power

No New Gasoline Cars in EU after 2030

October 9, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

SPIEGEL reports that the German Bundesrat has called for phasing out gasoline cars after 2030 all over the EU (report in English by Reuters here).

Category: Electric Vehicles

Swiss ban new nuclear reactors

October 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris

One wonders when the international media will catch on. Maybe never—or did you know that Switzerland implemented a nuclear phaseout (by 2034) in the wake of Fukushima back in 2011?

Category: Nuclear Power

Eureka California to be part of new ‘Electric Highway’ in 2018

October 6, 2016,   by Natalya Estrada

Eureka is set to be one of the next major sites for more electric vehicles, according to Recargo Inc., a California-based energy services firm.

Category: Electric Vehicles

How the US Election Could Impact Electric Vehicles

October 4, 2016,   by Eric Schaal

Trump noted in his energy speech that the government had no place picking “winners and losers” in the energy economy, and this incentive would definitely be at risk when it maxes out at 200,000...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Will electric cars in Edmonton get a boost?

October 2, 2016,   by Roberta Bell, CBC News

Edmonton wants to steer people toward electric cars but councillors are hearing the city may have to build the infrastructure before more people sign on.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario’s chance to get more from green energy

September 30, 2016,   by David Cork

We have a surplus because Ontario operates three gigantic nuclear plants (including the world’s biggest – the Bruce Nuclear Station). Demand for electricity has fallen over the past decade in...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Renault Beats Tesla And GM To The Punch With 250 Mile Range EV 'Available Now'

September 29, 2016,   by Bertel Schmitt

There is one thing Tesla can be proud of: Automakers around the world are getting off their duffs. Today, French carmaker Renault announced at the Paris auto show that its fully electric “ZOE will be...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The British bias towards expensive nuclear power

September 28, 2016,   by Phil Johnstone

As Hinkley C received the green light to go ahead last week, research published by the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex shows how intense British Government attachments to...

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon wants on-street charging stations for electric cars

September 27, 2016,   by Lisa Naccarato, CBC News

McMahon thinks more motorists would go green if there were more convenient charging stations

Category: Electric Vehicles

How will I charge my electric vehicle? And where? And how much will it cost?

September 26, 2016,   by Charles Fleming

With the impending late-2016 arrival of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the expected late-2017 arrival of the Tesla Model 3, affordable long-range battery electric vehicles are an option for increasing...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Probe into California Democratic Party’s ties to PUC, PG&E and other utilities begins

September 23, 2016,   by George Avalos

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal probe into the California Democratic Party, sparked by allegations of corruption and a tangle of close ties involving the party,...

Category: California FIT, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Understanding Hinkley Point

September 21, 2016,   by Craig Morris

British MP Caroline Lucas perhaps put it best: “Do we keep ploughing billions into mammoth infrastructure projects such as Hinkley, or do we refocus resources and build up an energy democracy from...

Category: Nuclear Power

Bakersfield to Grover Beach Using Only DCFC

September 21, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

On 8 September we drove our 2015 Nissan Leaf from Bakersfield to Grover Beach, California using only DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Understanding Hinkley Point

September 21, 2016,   by Craig Morris

“It looks like a contract that was written five years ago on a business case that was probably pulled together 10 years ago,” British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard cites a spokesperson for...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electrovaya to supply U.S. firm with batteries for electric vehicles

September 20, 2016,   by Arathy S Nair

Canada's Electrovaya Inc said on Tuesday it signed an agreement to supply lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles to an original equipment maker, its second such deal with a NYSE-listed Fortune...

Category: Electric Vehicles

I-5 Over the Tejon Pass with EV Express DC Fast Chargers

September 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The trip was in part to visit a friend and in part to test the performance of two new DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in the Tejon Pass. [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Many car brands emit more pollution than Volkswagen, report finds

September 19, 2016,   by Zoe Wood

A year on from the “Dieselgate” scandal that engulfed Volkswagen, damning new research reveals that all major diesel car brands, including Fiat, Vauxhall and Suzuki, are selling models that emit far...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nuclear power is risky and expensive; here's a better idea

September 15, 2016,   by Damian Carrington

In the 21st century, the UK will have to supply itself with power that is affordable, reliable and clean. But in almost every way, the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station offers only...

Category: Nuclear Power

Toyota Says Low-Range Electric Cars Are Cheaper To Build Than Hybrids

September 14, 2016,   by Brad Anderson

Toyota's chief engineer says that electric powertrains have developed to the point where it is now cheaper to build low-range electric cars than it is to produced hybrids.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Can the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV really go 200-plus miles with no recharge? We try it

September 13, 2016,   by Charles Fleming

I finished the drive with 240.5 miles on the trip meter, just above the EPA number of 238. But the onboard computer said I could continue driving, perhaps for another 50 miles, bringing my total to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Calgary planning for more electric vehicles

September 12, 2016,   by Brodie Thomas

Electric cars are very much on the city's radar according to Eric MacNaughton, transportation coordinator for the city's Climate Change Project

Category: Electric Vehicles

Globe & Mail: Why you may be driving an electric car sooner than you think

September 8, 2016,   by Jessica Leeder

In the first quarter of 2016, sales were up 75 per cent over the same time period last year, according to statistics compiled by Fleetcarma, a Waterloo-based telematics company that specializes in EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Despite dwindling momentum, Koizumi pursues anti-nuclear goals

September 7, 2016,   by Ayako Mie

While Japan’s once-charged anti-nuclear movement struggles to retain its momentum five years after the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi remains doggedly determined...

Category: Nuclear Power

New Network of Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley Make EV Travel Easier

September 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Completion of the US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute’s network of CHAdeMO DC fast charging stations will make north-south travel in the Southern San Joaquin Valley easier for...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Unlikely Activist: Some funny things happened on the way to closing the nuclear power plant

September 6, 2016,   by David Weissman

The inside story of how a little known group and its level-headed activists led to the closure of two of the most infamous nuclear reactors in the United States. The forthcoming closure of the two...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power

Economic Benefits Of Electric Vehicles

September 6, 2016,   by Zachary Shahan

Oil imports are only one chapter of the story. The fact is, we spend or lose an insane amount of money, time, productivity, and quality of life from burning oil-based fuels. All of this strikes into...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Some Unusual Locations for EV Charge Stations in Marin County

September 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Recently we took a train trip to San Francisco and on to Corte Madera by ferry. For lack of something better to do, we drove to a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge stations in the vicinity.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Analysts question impact of electric cars on Nordic power

September 5, 2016,   by Herman Moestue

Nordic power consumption is expected to grow due to the electrification of the transport sector and the phase-out of fossil-fuelled vehicles, but analysts are mixed over how disruptive the impact...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What Do Electric Car Drivers Regret About Leaving Gas Behind? (Humour)

September 4, 2016,   by Michael Barnard

But what do electric car drivers miss about owning and driving gasoline cars? That’s an empty space, a void, a yawning chasm. This article tries to add some words to that side of the scale.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EDF leaders get desperate over Hinkley C

September 3, 2016,   by Dave Toke

EDF leaders are now in such a state of panic over their Hinkley C proposals that desperate messages were being sent out to tell the British Government that they need to take a £6 billion equity share...

Category: Nuclear Power

California’s New Climate Legislation: What Does it Mean for Electric Cars?

September 2, 2016,   by David Reichmuth

Senate Bill 32 will require the state to not only continue its programs to switch from petroleum to electricity for our cars, trucks, and buses, but to accelerate the transition.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Foratom spins the data

August 30, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The "voice of Europe's nuclear industry" has produced an embarassingly manipulative chart that hypes up nuclear and plays down renewables. This is how you don't do it, folks.

Category: Nuclear Power

Indiana’s Gas Boom & Subsequent Bust Comes Full Circle

August 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

An item in the Indianapolis Star prodded me to pull out an article I started work on two years ago. It’s been in my inbox all that time. I’ve been busy with my day job and writing about the tragedy...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels

Quebec climate-change committee considers electric vehicle incentives

August 18, 2016,   by Julianne Hazlewood

Legislative committee hears from Quebec government about success of electric vehicle incentives.

Category: Electric Vehicles

UK green energy sector needs nurturing over nuclear

August 15, 2016,   by Larry Elliott

Technological advances mean the cost of renewables is coming down, representing far better value for taxpayers’ money

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

May urged to pull plug immediately on Hinkley C over spying allegations

August 11, 2016,   by Terry Macalister

Name of China General Nuclear Power, which holds stake in the planned new reactors, has appeared in US legal papers

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Solar and wind 'cheaper than new nuclear' by the time Hinkley is built

August 11, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

UK government’s own projections expect onshore wind power and large-scale solar to cost less per megawatt hour than new nuclear by 2025

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Hinkley Point C: case against Chinese firm has the feel of a modern spy thriller

August 11, 2016,   by Ian Cobain

FBI says Chinese stakeholder in proposed plant has been engaged in two-decade conspiracy to steal US nuclear secrets

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric car charging station companies issue warning over VW settlement

August 9, 2016,   by Rory Carroll

Electric vehicle charging companies are calling for independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) is required to invest in clean car infrastructure, saying VW should not have the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Danger of “Clean Energy”

August 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

When clean energy doesn’t mean what you think it does.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and the Democratic Party Platform 2016

August 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Democratic Party Platform calls for a global summit to solve the climate crisis within the first 100 days of the new administration and a WWII-level mobilization to combat climate change. If...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Recargo to Add More Fast Chargers on 101

August 1, 2016,  

Recargo has been awarded more than $1.6 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to help complete key routes of the West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH).

Category: Electric Vehicles

Just like desktops, laptops and smartphones, plugs to rapidly charge electric cars are not compatible across brands

August 1, 2016,   by Ariel Wittenberg

While automakers have agreed on uniform plug standards for slower types of charging used at home and work, they have not done so for what’s known as DC fast charging, which can fill a battery in less...

Category: Electric Vehicles

US Announces $4.5 Billion Available To Support EVs, 350 kW Charging

July 28, 2016,   by Mark Kane

The first big action is to set aside $4.5 billion in loan guarantees, and invite applications to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities throughout...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Red Lodge Montana adds charging stations for electric cars

July 19, 2016,   by Erik Olson

The city of Red Lodge installed in late June two Tesla destination chargers and two Clipper Creek universal chargers at its public restroom site at 305 N. Oakes Ave., opening up the region to drivers...

Category: Electric Vehicles

As Electric Car Movement Gains Strength, Naysayers Continue Anti-EV Attacks

July 14, 2016,   by Brad Berman

But the strong upward trend is undeniable to most—although not to Richard Muller, a professor of physics at UC Berkeley, who argues that EVs are destined for failure. “I predict that the electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bring electric cars manufacturing to Oshawa, Ontario

July 13, 2016,   by Graeme McNaughton

The Region of Durham has joined the call started by the City of Oshawa – General Motors should produce electric vehicles in Oshawa.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EPA-VW Dieselgate Settlement Will Push EV Fast Charging in USA

July 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The recent settlement between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Volkswagen (VW) for its diesel engine fraud could more than triple the number of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Eleven fast-charge stations for electric vehicles in Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent

July 12, 2016,  

The Electric Circuit is delighted to announce the installation of 11 fast-charge stations in the Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions. The stations will be commissioned this summer, allowing...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Was Nuclear a Winner in Japan’s July 10 Elections?

July 12, 2016,   by Andrew DeWit, School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University

On July 10, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), under PM Abe Shinzo, won a massive majority in the Upper House elections. A couple of years ago, that result would have been read as...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

CARB-VW Settlement Could Revolutionize EV Use in California

July 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The recent settlement between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Volkswagen (VW) for its diesel engine fraud could transform electric vehicle (EV) charging in the state. As a certain...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Public Participation in Decision on DC Fast Charging Roll-Out of CARB-VW Settlement Critical

July 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

EV advocates urge CARB to immediately convene an advisory group for maximizing public input into how the settlement money will be spent in the public interest. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Japan’s Centre-Right Goes Green

July 8, 2016,   by Andrew DeWit, School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University

A lot of business elites have clearly thrown in the towel on nuclear and are instead openly lobbying to have Japan vault to global leadership in renewables, efficiency and smart infrastructure.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Japan FIT, Nuclear Power

EV Advocates Push CARB on EV Charging Infrastructure in GHG Scoping Plan

July 8, 2016,   by Guy Hall, Tom Greene, Randal Friedman, Paul Gipe, Tony Williams

California Electric Auto Association members call on CARB to stress EV charging infrastructure in the state's GHG Scoping Plan. EV charging must be front and center in the policy discussion.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The impact of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan on electricity costs

July 8, 2016,  

This is the first in a series of six publications aimed at answering frequently asked questions that have emerged from the spread of misinformation following the implementation of Alberta's Climate...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Dutch tender award for offshore wind plant is 25% cheaper than Hinkley C contract

July 7, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The Dutch Government has awarded a contract to build two 350 MW Borssele offshore windfarms for 87 euros per MWh (£74 per MWh), some 25 per cent cheaper than the current value of the contract for...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind

Estimated cost of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant rises to £37bn

July 7, 2016,   by Terry Macalister

Critics said it showed just how volatile and uncertain the project had become, given that the same energy department’s estimate 12 months earlier had been £14bn.

Category: Nuclear Power

Brexit offers chance to finally put an end to the EURATOM treaty

July 5, 2016,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Yet, Brexit does offer a unique opportunity for the European community to put an end to the support of nuclear power. Therefore, the termination of the EURATOM Treaty needs to be put on the EU agenda...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric mobility news update

June 29, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Sweden has now opened what is says is the world’s first electric highway. The focus is on trucks, which connect to the overhead power lines much in the way trams – or, indeed, electric buses in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

With planning, grid can handle more electric vehicles

June 29, 2016,   by Karen Uhlenhuth

Much of the nation’s vehicle fleet could be converted to run on electricity with hardly a ripple felt by the power grid, according to recent findings by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to spend over one billion dollars in California to address illegal emissions caused by cheating devices on its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles

June 28, 2016,  

The Consent Decree also requires Volkswagen to invest $800 million dollars in ZEV infrastructure and access over a 10-year period in California.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to spend over one billion dollars in California to address illegal emissions caused by cheating devices

June 28, 2016,   by Stanley Young

The money for California includes . . . $800 million in investments to advance California’s nation-leading zero-emissions vehicle programs.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why a universal electric car showroom could succeed where Ontario dealerships failed

June 24, 2016,   by Tyler Hamilton

According to the climate plan, “Ontario will work with Plug’n Drive, a non-profit electric vehicle advocacy organization, to establish and operate a facility to showcase electric vehicles and related...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diablo Canyon’s Post Nuclear Future is Blowing in the Wind

June 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The following is post-nuclear vision for Diablo Canyon.[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Don't Blame PG&E, Pal

June 22, 2016,   by David Weisman

3-minute video montage of the seismic history at the troubled Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, put to the 1964 song parody recorded by "The Goodtime Washboard 3" (Bratton-Fagerstrom-Pope).

Category: Nuclear Power

The world turns to electric vehicles

June 22, 2016,   by Nic Lutsey

It seems the world can’t shift quickly enough to electric vehicles. Within the past few months there has been a steady drumbeat of stories about possible bans on combustion vehicles, prompting calls...

Category: Electric Vehicles

PG&E agrees to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant in 2025

June 21, 2016,   by David Sneed

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will be shut down in 2025 after its operating licenses expire, owner Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has announced. Here's a look at what will become of the plant,...

Category: Nuclear Power

US media fail to report Watts Bar reactor downtime

June 19, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Weeks after the first new US reactor in decades failed to ramp up for the first time, the Washington Post has run two articles on how important the reactor will be in combating climate change. There...

Category: Nuclear Power

Germany not about to ban non-EVs

June 17, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Translations of recent statements made by top German officials make it sound like the country is about to do the right thing. Reality is a bit messier.

Category: Electric Vehicles

No--Germany Is Not Launching Zero Emission Vehicles Anytime Soon

June 17, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

It’s amusing to watch the blogosphere go wild with certain memes. (We used to call them themes.) The latest is that Germany is going to mandate all cars must be zero emission vehicles by 2030. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

43 years after construction start, Watts Bar 2 nuclear plant shut down after 2 days

June 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

"The present schedule for constructing the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is predicated on beginning construction in October 1972. This schedule is extremely tight and failure to begin construction in...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear and coal power when renewables are curtailed

June 12, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Have I mentioned before that Germany does not have too much renewable power, it has too much baseload? The state of Schleswig-Holstein, which had just over 100% renewable power net last year, is a...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Norway not planning ban on gas & diesel car sales

June 7, 2016,   by Craig Morris

So there you have it: Norway is not going to prohibit its citizens from buying new diesel/gasoline cars, but it will implement progressive policies to encourage a transition towards electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

French nuclear under pressure – from German renewables?

June 3, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In late May, strikes reduced nuclear power production in France. Yet even more plants were offline a few weeks earlier without any strikes at all. German and European renewable electricity may have...

Category: Nuclear Power

Quebec introduces bill to require automakers to meet electric-vehicle sales targets

June 2, 2016,   by The Canadian Press

The Quebec government has introduced a bill that would make it the first province in Canada to require automakers to sell or lease a minimum number of zero-emission vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario's misguided love affair with nuclear power

May 30, 2016,   by Jack Gibbons

The Wynne government in Ontario is considering spending more than $300 million to patch up Canada’s oldest nuclear generating station in hopes of keeping it running for another eight years or more.

Category: Nuclear Power

Will Electric Cars Destabilize the World?

May 29, 2016,   by David Koranyi

An accelerated adoption of electric vehicles would hasten the end of the oil era, and could cause significant geopolitical turbulence as producer countries heavily reliant on oil revenues will...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Alberta continues to lead the way on climate

May 29, 2016,   by Rick Smith

Alberta’s ambitious plan has a variety of elements, including phasing out dirty coal-fired power plants, creating a provincial electricity efficiency strategy, and capping emissions from the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Worst Possible Phaseout Strategy

May 27, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

I still think that global warming is easily solved once the fossil fuel owners understand how to profit from the phaseout.

Category: Fossil Fuels

IUPUI Researchers: Don't Bother With An Electric Car Flat Tax -- It Won't Fix Roads

May 27, 2016,   by Brandon Smith

Researchers say a flat fee on electric vehicles won’t help solve declining road funding revenues, like those faced here in the state.

Category: Electric Vehicles

More Than Half of California Drivers Considering Electric Cars, Survey Shows

May 27, 2016,   by Mike Monticello

Fifty-five percent of California drivers “are likely to consider an electric vehicle (EV) in their next vehicle purchase or lease,” according to a new survey conducted by the Union of Concerned...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Comparison of leading electric vehicle policy and deployment in Europe

May 26, 2016,   by Uwe Tietge, Peter Mock, Nic Lutsey, Alex Campestrini

Assesses the design and effectiveness of fiscal and other incentives for electric vehicles in Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Norway, at both national and, through a set of ten case...

Category: Electric Vehicles

DC Fast Charging Station Installed on I-5 in San Joaquin Valley [Updated]

May 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This is the first of—we hope—a series of DC Fast Charging stations to be installed this month under US Green Vehicle Council’s contract with the California Energy Commission.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

This country has hit a major milestone for electric cars—here's how

May 24, 2016,   by KatyBarnato

Electric cars remain a noteworthy sight almost everywhere but Scandinavia, where Norwegians have bucked the trend by buying alternative-fuel vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EU debates nuclear

May 23, 2016,   by Craig Morris

If you follow nuclear news, it’s been an exciting week. First, Der Spiegel reported (in German) that the EU aimed to ramp up nuclear “massively,” including with the construction of “flexible...

Category: Nuclear Power

Ontario Aiming For New-Vehicle Marketshare Of 5% For Electric Vehicles By 2020, 12% By 2025

May 20, 2016,   by James Ayre

The Ontario government is now aiming to grow the new-vehicle market share held by electric vehicles to 5% by the year 2020, and 12% by 2025, according to recent reports.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Will Japanese or US Governments end up paying for Moorside nuclear plant?

May 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

According to spokespersons for the proposed 'NuGen' nuclear development at Moorside in Cumbria either or both the Japanese and American Governments could end up part-paying for the proposed 3.8 GW...

Category: Nuclear Power

Why the fuss over Ontario's electric vehicle target?

May 17, 2016,   by Jennifer Wells

Given all the squawking over the Ontario government’s climate change action plan, you might think Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray has gone rogue in setting extreme targets for the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant has become too expensive to run, company says

May 14, 2016,   by Cole Epley

The nuclear plant at Fort Calhoun is simply too expensive to run when compared to other, cheaper forms of power, the Omaha Public Power District’s chief executive said Thursday. So it needs to shut...

Category: Nuclear Power

Does nuclear help the integration of renewables?

May 8, 2016,   by Craig Morris

French nuclear therefore does not facilitate the integration of wind and solar in neighboring countries. Rather, it clogs up the grid and reduces flexibility.

Category: Nuclear Power

Backtracking on Clean Energy, Clinton Turns Chameleon on Coal

May 3, 2016,   by Lauren McCauley

Campaigning in Appalachia on Monday, Hillary Clinton claimed she "misspoke" when previously declaring her opposition to coal, telling voters that as president she would work to ensure that the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Fast-charging corridor for electric cars to go up between Quebec and Ottawa by 2017

May 3, 2016,   by Rose Behar

This means 14 500-volt fast-charging stations will go up along Highways 401, 416, 417 and 17. The proposal also included the commissioning of eight 240-volt Level-2 charging stations to be built...

Category: Electric Vehicles

German public became educated, not fearful, after Chernobyl

May 2, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Overall, Chernobyl led to an educated German public, not a fearful one, as this book attests.

Category: Nuclear Power

Volkswagen & Shell Put The Hit Out On Electric Vehicles In New “Study”

April 29, 2016,   by Jay Cole

We are unsure of when this study was first commissioned, but you can be sure it was well before Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal was in full bloom.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal

April 28, 2016,   by DAVID McHUGH

Mueller used the company's annual news conference to also sketch out a plan to focus more on electric vehicles and services like car-sharing as it seeks to get past its emissions scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ont. budgets $20M for 500 electric vehicle charging stations in 2017

April 28, 2016,  

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the government will work with 27 private and public sector partners to create a network of charging stations at over 250 different locations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nuclear written off before Chernobyl

April 26, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Chernobyl allowed the nuclear sector to claim that uninformed hippies blocked nuclear by spreading irrational fear. The claim not only overlooks Wall Street, but also supposes a level of influence...

Category: Nuclear Power

Samsung SDI Sells Loss-Making Fuel Cell Division, Plows Additional ₩1 Trillion Into Lithium-Ion Battery Development

April 26, 2016,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

So when we tell you that Samsung SDI has just sold its fuel cell division because it is simply unprofitable (and presumably has no long-term chance of making a profit), we think the facts speak for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Yazaki DC Fast Charging Connectors Big Improvement

April 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The previous version required reading the instructions, watching a video on line, and--if you were smart—a practice session or two before you needed it on a road trip with a line of Nissan Leafs...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Electric Cars Ruled The Roads 100 Years Ago

April 24, 2016,   by Alanis King

The U.S. Department of Energy cites electric cars as making up about a third of all vehicles on the road in 1900. In 1911, the New York Times even called existing electric vehicles “ideal.”

Category: Electric Vehicles

First stirrings of call for ban on non-EVs in Germany

April 22, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Don’t add Germany to the list of countries officially considering banning sales of cars running on gasoline or diesel just yet. But several prominent people are pushing the government to take steps...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EDF postpones Hinkley C decision until next year

April 22, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The French Government has been faced with what seems to many to be the ludicrous prospect of heavily subsidising a power station to supply the British with electricity.

Category: Nuclear Power

City of Santa Clara Celebrates 49 EV Charging Stations in Parking Garage Near 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Convention Center, Great America Theme Park

April 20, 2016,  

The parking structure, situated near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park, features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity April 2016 Update

April 19, 2016,  

The general observation of other Nissan Leaf owners is true that the more you use the Leaf the better the traction battery capacity appears. Whether this is actual improvement in the traction...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

April 19, 2016,  

The proud makers of the world's top-selling luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche could not fathom how a small-time, loss-making upstart from California could ever compete with the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Renewables 'too much power' problem is really nuclear's fault

April 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So let's get this right, the Torygraph is saying that nuclear power plant can't or won't turn down their power stations, so it's windfarms and solar farms that are the problem?

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

California has too much coal and nuclear

April 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

A political arrangement is being passed off as a technical issue. Stop protecting nuclear and coal; get rid of baseload.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Austria Considers Prohibiting New Gas and Diesel Autos by 2020

April 13, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Previously, Norway and the Netherlands have also begun discussing whether to limit sales of new gasoline and diesel cars to reduce air pollution.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Leading global coal miner Peabody files for bankruptcy

April 13, 2016,   by Tracy Rucinski and Tom Hals

Leading global coal producer Peabody Energy Corp BTU.N filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a sharp drop in coal prices left it unable to service debt of $10.1 billion, much of it...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Phaseout Profit Theory Is an Exit Strategy

April 12, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

As the share of renewable grows, demand for fossil fuel goes down. All things equal, that would mean lower prices for fossil fuel.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Small Modular Reactors: wishful thinking on a grand scale

April 11, 2016,   by Dave Toke

ake a large number of scientists who have grown up with the firm belief that nuclear power is the future of energy, face them with the fact that nuclear power is proving to be undeliverable in...

Category: Nuclear Power

Longannet switch-off ends coal-fired power production in Scotland

April 9, 2016,  

"While the power station has served the nation for many years, the world is moving forward to cleaner, cheaper forms of renewable energy generation."

Category: Fossil Fuels

The Oil Industry Isn't A Passive Observer Concerning Electric Vehicles. Is This A Sign Of Panic?

April 8, 2016,   by Keith Williams

The point to consider is why would an industry body try to stop the inevitable? It hasn't worked out for the coal industry. It didn't work for Kodak.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Use of electric cars ‘must be accelerated’ to meet renewable energy targets

April 7, 2016,   by Conall Ó Fátharta

The roll-out of electric vehicles must be “greatly accelerated” to the point where, within five years, electric cars must account for 20% of all new cars sold in Ireland.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Scrapping Hinkley for renewable alternatives would save 'tens of billions'

April 5, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

Solar and wind would generate the equivalent power to Hinkley over the plant’s planned lifetime for £40bn less, says analysis comparing future costs

Category: Nuclear Power

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can

April 4, 2016,   by Richard Heinberg

We have to electrify as much of that energy usage as we can, because most of our renewable sources of energy produce electricity. That's true of solar and wind, geothermal and hydro power. So we need...

Category: Electric Vehicles

British Nuclear Plant Construction Should Be Delayed Say French Unions

March 31, 2016,   by Jake Richardson

Engineers at the French utility EDF have also called for delay, saying that the project is very complicated and unproven. “Right now, Hinkley is too risky for the company. We think it is better to...

Category: Nuclear Power

New law will help improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

March 31, 2016,   by David Schmalz

When Scott Negri’s restaurant project at The Dunes was approved by the Marina Planning Commission Feb. 11, it meant the addition of an amenity to the area that was barely discussed in several public...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Only electric cars should be sold in Netherlands from 2025

March 30, 2016,  

The Dutch parliament has taken the first step in banning petrol and diesel cars from sale in the Netherlands from 2025.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Here’s Why You Might Be an Electric Car Owner a Decade from Now

March 30, 2016,   by Bradley Berman

Those early adopters are paving the way for the mainstream buyer, and the automakers are lining up to greet them. Currently there are 12 battery electric vehicles and 14 plug-in hybrids (which use a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

BMW Quietly Confirms Longer-Range i3 Electric Car Set To Debut in UK This July

March 28, 2016,   by By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Confirmed multiple times in different interviews with BMW executives, the longer-range BMW i3 was promised to arrive by the end of summer, pushing the BMW i3 over the 100-mile range barrier for the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Energy policy and uninformed opinion

March 27, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

But there is another reason for resistance to careful thinking; it can be difficult and distressing, especially if it leads to conclusions that are uncomfortable or contrary to our current beliefs....

Category: Fossil Fuels

Coal ash & breaker boys

March 27, 2016,   by Sarah Forth

In Los Angeles, coal supplies 33 to 40 percent of the electricity provided by the L.A. Department of Water and Power, our city-owned public utility.

Category: Fossil Fuels

VW Scandal's Potential ‘Punishment’ Fits Electric-Car Strategy

March 26, 2016,   by JEANNIE NAUJECK

As part of its punishment for the emissions scandal, the EPA could also require VW to make electric or hybrid vehicles in Tennessee, according to several recent reports in the German press.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canada will replace government limousines with electric vehicles and invest in EV infrastructure

March 23, 2016,  

In a symbolic gesture, the federal government also plans to replace their limousines with electric vehicles. Are we going to see Justin Trudeau in a Tesla?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oregon says yes to coal-free electricity

March 20, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

But negotiations between the two groups resulted in a legislative compromise--dubbed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan--that will wean the state off coal-fired electricity no later than...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Will Norway ban gas & diesel cars by 2025?

March 20, 2016,   by Craig Morris

There is no intention to outright ban non-electric vehicles, however they will become very unfavorably taxed, making them a much less interesting alternative than electric cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Rumors in Germany: VW to Build EV Plant & Charging Network in USA

March 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Rumors are swirling in Germany that Volkswagen (VW), under pressure to reach a settlement with US and California regulators by March 24th, is considering the creation of two mitigation funds and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

March 17, 2016,  

I asked if he had noticed less interest in plug-in cars due to lower gas prices. He immediately said no, adding that those who were on the fence no longer showed strong interest—but that gas prices...

Category: Electric Vehicles

German coal is worthless

March 17, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Vattenfall has failed to find a buyer for its coal assets in Germany. The focus is now on alternative models, such as a fund to protect workers.

Category: Fossil Fuels

In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall consumption.

March 17, 2016,   by Christine and Sam Simonetta

We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake Superior in Upper Michigan and fuels our...

Category: Electric Vehicles, Small Wind folder

Peabody shares plunge; coal producer raises bankruptcy risk

March 16, 2016,   by Jessica DiNapoli

Peabody Energy Corp (BTU.N), the largest U.S. coal producer, may have to seek bankruptcy protection, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday, citing poor economies in countries that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

What's bigger in India, China, and Brazil: wind or nuclear?

March 15, 2016,   by Bernard Chabot

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of wind and nuclear in the "BICS" countries (BRICS without Russia). He points out that wind has boomed in China since the country got rid of auctions...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind

Onshore wind schemes now being installed are more than 30 per cheaper than Hinkley C!

March 12, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Onshore wind schemes now being installed are being paid over 30 per cent less than what Hinkley C would be paid under the UK Government's current agreement with EDF if it was generating now.

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Hinkley Point branded potentially risky for EDF by French auditor

March 11, 2016,  

EDF’s £18bn project to build nuclear reactors in Britain is potentially risky for the state-owned utility, whose foreign investments in recent years have proved disappointing, France’s top public...

Category: Nuclear Power

Dispelling the nuclear 'baseload' myth: nothing renewables can't do better!

March 10, 2016,   by Mark Diesendorf

But not only can renewables supply baseload power, they can do something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand. Now nuclear power really is redundant.

Category: Grid Integration, Nuclear Power

Electric cars in Canada: 6 good-news events for buyers, drivers

March 9, 2016,   by Matthew Klippenstein

Canadian electric-vehicle policy seems to be enjoying its own annus mirabilis, or "wonderful year," during 2016.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Denver's new building code requires garages to support electric vehicles

March 9, 2016,   by Jon Murray

Although opposed by homebuilders, the electric vehicle readiness requirement says new single-family homes and duplexes built in the city will need to have the right electrical wiring to support...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Should anti-nuclear supporters now call for EDF to build Hinkley C?

March 8, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Strange as it may seem, there is now a plausible argument for anti-nuclear campaigners to call for Hinkley C to be built. Why? Because the financial catastrophe that would, as a result, envelope, and...

Category: Nuclear Power

Did French officials downplay nuclear incident? Is French media now?

March 7, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The French press should start asking tough questions and stop making this a “he said, she said” issue between allegedly anti-nuclear Germans and the French. Don’t do it for the Germans; the French...

Category: Nuclear Power

EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear nightmare adds to company's woes

March 7, 2016,   by EDF tower in Paris The financial pressures on EDF have led to the company annou

However, the resignation of EDF’s finance director, Thomas Piquemal, shows nervousness at the top of the group about the dangers of a project of this magnitude, even though chief executive...

Category: Nuclear Power

Return to Bird Springs

March 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We arrived with 55% charge remaining as opposed to last year’s 51%. We returned home with 34% State of Charge, slightly more than the 32% SOC during last year’s trip.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Proterra Demos Bus for Bakersfield’s GET Transit

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Proterra, the high-tech startup, demonstrated its all-electric bus for Golden Empire Transit (GET) staff today. The company hopes to sell GET, the transit company serving Bakersfield, two electric...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Six New Public Charge Stations at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

There was no signage and parking was at a premium. If nothing is done, these stations will be next to useless. They will be constantly ICEd and no one will be able to get in and charge.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Electric Car Revolution Is Finally Starting

February 26, 2016,   by Daniel Gross

Because of the pace of incremental change, and because product cycles of cars are slower than they are for cellphones, an innovation revolution in electric cars has always felt distant. And yet we’re...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In Four Charts: The Rise of Electric Vehicles

February 25, 2016,   by Tim McDonnell

A new market forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance paints a rosy picture for the future of electric vehicles, rising from about 1 percent of global annual vehicle sales today to 35 percent by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tepco admits it should have declared meltdowns at Fukushima plant much earlier

February 24, 2016,   by Reiji Yoshida

Nearly five years after the nation’s worst nuclear accident, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has admitted that its staff failed to follow damage assessment guidelines, according to which they should have...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Cars Could Tank Oil Prices Even Further

February 24, 2016,   by Denver Nicks

Call it the revenge of the electric car. Electric vehicles that seemed doomed just a few years ago to languish outside the mainstream are poised to reshape the auto industry in the coming decade,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EPA asks Volkswagen to make electric cars in US – report

February 21, 2016,  

Die Welt am Sonntag is reporting that federal officials ask automaker to make electric vehicles in in Tennessee following emissions scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles

February 18, 2016,   by Peter Stone

A new group that's being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Notice of Proposed Award: DC Fast Chargers for California’s North - South Corrid ors

February 16, 2016,  

This grant solicitation was an offer to fund projects that will install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Horizon boss's statement exposes fantasy nature of UK nuclear power programme

February 15, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The boss of one of the three supposed consortia claimed to be building Britain's nuclear power stations has all but admitted that his project is a fantasy one.

Category: Nuclear Power

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity

February 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

How much has the car's battery capacity declined since we leased it and will it recover when warm weather returns?[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario boosts incentives for electric vehicles

February 10, 2016,  

Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000.

Category: Electric Vehicles

8 Ways Life Has Changed Since Driving An All-Electric Car

February 7, 2016,   by Cynthia Shahan

I started a list of how life has changed since driving an all-electric car — the list grows longer by the day.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Forums--Fonts of Knowledge

February 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We drive 2015 Nissan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle or EV. Both before and after we leased the car, I carefully researched the kinds of EVs available and what would be best for us. I learned a lot from...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Treasury ruling spells final end for Hinkley C....surely?

February 1, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The announcement by the Treasury that their offer of loan guarantees for the EPR at Hinkley C is linked to successful functioning of the Flamanville EPR means that short of absolute lunacy reigning...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Palm Springs

January 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein we again learn the importance of avoiding dependence on a GPS, on the value of paper maps, and on driving conservatively.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

How rational choice theory explains EDF's mad gamble on Hinkley C

January 29, 2016,   by Dave Toke

he spectacle of the disastrous attempts to build a new generation of nuclear reactor - the European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) - and EDF's apparent desire to carry on despite the increasing...

Category: Nuclear Power

'Nuclear energy has no sustainable, democratic future in Japan'

January 29, 2016,   by Gabriel Domínguez

Despite the majority of Japanese opposing a restart of the nation's nuclear reactors, the government continues to press for a full resumption of nuclear power. Energy expert Tetsunari Iida tells DW...

Category: Nuclear Power

The right way to charge electric cars

January 27, 2016,   by LA Times Editorial Board

Although the PUC has already said it will reduce the number of charging stations in the original proposals by SCG&E and PG&E, the plans are still troubling in their scale and their financing.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EDF wants French Government to pay for British nuclear reactor at Hinkley C!

January 26, 2016,   by Dave Toke

As if anything extra was needed to demonstrate the financial lunacy of the Hinkley C project to all parties concerned, EDF, according to French press reports, now wants the French Government to pay...

Category: Nuclear Power

Volkswagen Creates Battery Powered Division, 20 New Plug-Ins By 2020

January 26, 2016,   by Kyle Field

The creating of a new unit dedicated to “battery-powered vehicles” is a milestone as well — indicating that the auto giant has confidence that battery-powered vehicles are not just a passing fad, a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Obsession Report: “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want”

January 24, 2016,   by Zachary Shahan

The electric car market has been growing exponentially in the past few years. But it is still a small percentage of the new car market in most places, typically representing less than 1% of new car...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britain is to get its first “electric service stations” as part of a £40m government fund to encourage drivers to switch to plug-in cars.

January 23, 2016,   by kos

Mercedes is still the best-selling manufacturer when you combine their two vehicles in this class. But it’s clear that Tesla is eating into the traditional automakers with its single offering, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

‘Electric service stations’ open in boost for plug-in car use

January 23, 2016,   by Daniel Boffey

Britain is to get its first “electric service stations” as part of a £40m government fund to encourage drivers to switch to plug-in cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Winter Snow Adventures in a 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV

January 23, 2016,   by Stephen Noctor

This post addresses the following questions: How does my EV handle winter outings in the mountains? How well does it drive in the snow? This post also relates another example for how rapid DC...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What a smart response! - wind cheaper than fossil fuels

January 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So we are backing up the cheap renewables with fossil fuels that are not so cheap, and the solution to that is to use the fossil fuels that are not so cheap all the time? That sum does not quite add...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Turning over a new leaf: Electric vehicle carbon emissions

January 19, 2016,   by Nic Lutsey

A few times a year, a news story appears about electric vehicles having high carbon emissions, throwing doubt onto electric vehicles' ability to play a major part in any low-carbon transportation...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVs Cause Cancer Meme

January 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Electric vehicles (EVs) probably don’t cause cancer, but that doesn’t stop some people from saying that they do. I came across a bizarre version of this meme a few months ago at a social gathering...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Couple on a cross-country mission to return Volkswagen

January 17, 2016,   by Ian James,

They also see a larger mission in pressing the German automaker to make a shift toward more electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Germany Mulling €2 Billion Incentives For Electric Cars

January 16, 2016,   by Jake Richardson

Germany is considering providing 2 billion euros to subsidize the purchasing of more electric cars. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is behind the idea, which also includes adding more EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Quebec has a long road ahead to reach goal of 100,000 electric cars by 2020

January 15, 2016,   by Kevin Mio

By the end of 2016, the goal is to have 800 charging stations, including 60 rapid chargers, all of which will be placed along Quebec’s major highways.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars take centre stage at Montreal Auto Show

January 14, 2016,   by CBC

Electric cars are taking centre stage at the Montreal International Auto Show, thanks in part to the Quebec government's efforts to get them in the hands of consumers.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Electric Vehicles are a bad idea (Warning: Satire)

January 11, 2016,   by Dave Laur

The drawbacks are many and severe and worse of all; unadvertised!! I will expose the secrets the electric car manufacturers do not want you to know!

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model S Tops Consumer Reports Survey For Most Satisfying Commuter Car (Again)

January 9, 2016,   by James Ayre

Following closely on the first place position held by the Tesla offering are two of the other top-selling electric vehicles out there — the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and the Nissan LEAF...

Category: Electric Vehicles

More Daishan EPR delays as EDF ponders financial suicide plan for funding Hinkley C

January 6, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Further delays at the Daishan EPR project being built in China are hammering another nail in a coffin. The only debate now is whether the coffin will house the Hinkley C project or the whole of EDF.

Category: Nuclear Power

What’s the Business Model for Owning Car Batteries?

January 5, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Note also that neither of these models requires that the car manufacturer is a party to the deal. If Tesla does not want to sell their cars without batteries, that does not keep a Tesla owner from...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are the long-term solution

January 4, 2016,   by Niels Buus Kristensen, DTU

Niels Buus Kristensen, Head of Department at DTU Transport and a member of the Danish government’s climate advisory committee, finds that electric vehicles hold the key to a transport sector...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars not the rage in Tulare County

January 4, 2016,   by RICK ELKINS

Electric vehicles appear to be the cars of the future, but in the present they are not very popular in Tulare County.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars Don’t Pay Gas Taxes: So What?

December 30, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

Is it a sin that electric car owners don’t pay gas taxes? No, not at all, but you’d never know it listening to some people squawk. There are anti-electric car types who think this is a huge deal,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fresno Bee Editorial: The age of the all-electric Valley is upon us

December 26, 2015,  

If we finally are to cleanse our Valley air and make this a more healthy place, we must get belching old cars off the streets and start adding electric cars and plug-in hybrids to our garages.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nissan, BMW Team Up To Make Electric Vehicle Charging More Efficient

December 22, 2015,  

BMW and Nissan Motors have recently joined forces to develop faster DC charging for electric cars, supplying new stations to 19 states. The hope is to make it easier to charge vehicles like the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Is the German nuclear phase-out fundamentally botched?

December 21, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The “Exit now” article assumes that the phase-out caused this financial misery. In fact, the phase-out gave power firms a brief respite. If the nine (of 17) reactors switched off immediately after...

Category: Nuclear Power

Solar, Electric Vehicles Could Make Oil And ICE Cars Obsolete - The Era Of Oil Is Almost Over

December 16, 2015,   by Matt Bohlsen

With improved technology and the prices of solar (and wind) energy falling exponentially, along with lithium battery prices falling about 14%-16%, there will be massive disruptions to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mayors will create a ‘green wall’ along the West Coast: An ‘electric vehicle highway’ will run through it

December 11, 2015,   by Joel Connelly

They pledged, specifically, to create a West Coast electric vehicle highway, keyed to transforming city-owned vehicle fleets to electric vehicles and making electric vehicle chargers available to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Over 9 million bags of nuclear cleanup waste piled up across Fukushima Pref.

December 10, 2015,  

The 1-cubic-meter bags are found at some 114,700 interim storage or decontamination sites across the prefecture. In the town of Tomioka -- covered by a nuclear disaster evacuation order -- mounds of...

Category: Nuclear Power

Leaf Spy--an Essential Tool for Serious Nissan Leaf Drivers

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Who doesn’t want a metaphorical peak under the hood of their Electric Vehicle (EV)? Leaf Spy, a smart phone app, talks to the computer in Nissan’s Leaf and displays the data it finds there—data...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario to invest $20 million in stations to charge up electric cars

December 8, 2015,   by Tyler Hamilton

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday that her government is investing $20 million toward hundreds of electric-vehicle charging stations to be installed within and between urban centres.

Category: Electric Vehicles

PlugShare—Where to Charge When You’re on the Road

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When you drive an Electric Vehicle (EV), most of the time you charge at home. For those times when you don’t, you need to know where you can charge. The pre-eminent choice among drivers is Plugshare,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Washington Post Gets it Wrong on Electric Cars

December 7, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

It’s unfortunately not uncommon to see skewed and misleading articles about electric vehicles in the popular press. The most recent example, a Washington Post article “Electric cars and the coal...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Do People Argue Against Electric Cars?

December 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

Every day brings another headline about a bad study making false claims about electric cars, another well-known-enough person sneering at them, or another video of someone rolling coal all over an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Vehicles

December 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation to the Sierra Club's Buena Vista Group, Bakersfield, California 5 December 2015.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Nova Scotia Power's coal is "drenched in blood"

December 3, 2015,   by Sarah Wilbur

During his recent tour of the Maritimes, Cuellar described how both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have unwittingly become complicit in environmental devastation, forced displacement, disappearances...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Jesla High-Power Mobile Charge Cable (EVSE) for EVs

December 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

If you plan to take your Electric Vehicle (EV) on a road trip in North America today, you must take along a portable charge cable. Like a spare tire, a portable charge cable is an essential piece of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Call to Paris Climate Negotiators: Tax Carbon

November 29, 2015,   by Charles Komanoff

The Carbon Tax Center released a letter signed by 32 notable individuals calling for a carbon tax--from right to left--from Robert Reich to Jerry Taylor (Cato, ALEC) to George Schultz of the Hoover...

Category: Fossil Fuels

The UK's energy plan visualized

November 26, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Line up energy sources by unpopularity, and you have the British government's priorities listed; in other words, the government is doing exactly what the British public don't want

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Britain: Payments to fossil fuel plant now being counted as 'environmental' by Treasury

November 25, 2015,   by Dave Toke

In a move that will astonish many the Treasury have decided to count payments to existing fossil and nuclear power stations for providing capacity as 'environmental' levies'.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Austria phases out coal?

November 25, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Essentially, Austria is simply shutting down plants that are not making money. Two out of three of them happen to be coal-fired.

Category: Fossil Fuels

George Osborne puts UK at the heart of global race for mini-nuclear reactors

November 24, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

The chancellor, George Osborne, revealed on Wednesday that at least £250m will be spent by 2020 on an “ambitious” programme to “position the UK as a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies”.

Category: Nuclear Power

Road to COP21 and Beyond: The Missing Analysis of the Kyoto Protocol and its Failure

November 24, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

It’s strange yet on the eve of COP21 in Paris, starting on November 30th, where humanity will try to save itself, that reasoned, careful analysis of previous such attempts have been heedlessly left...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Alberta just became Canada’s carbon leader. Yes, really.

November 23, 2015,   by The Globe and Mail Editorial

Canada’s leader on climate change is now Alberta. Just like that, the province has gone from pariah to paragon. On Sunday, Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democratic government unveiled a program to...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

November 22, 2015,  

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

What Did Driving Our Electric Vehicle Cost Us in the First Year?

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In October of 2014 we leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle or EV. After one year of operation we can tally what it has cost us.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our EVs Consumption and Fuel Cost: Year-End Report

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Toward the end of October we passed the one-year mark with our 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle (EV). It was time to tally it’s operating cost.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

UK's Amber Rudd re-set: a do-nothing fantasy policy

November 19, 2015,  

Amber Rudd today compounded the fantasy that surrounds UK energy policy by declaring that the future would depend on new gas fired and nuclear power stations without any realistic policies of...

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Saskatchewan energy to be 50 per cent renewable by 2030

November 19, 2015,   by Emma Graney

By 2030, half of Saskatchewan’s power will come from renewable sources, with wind, solar and geothermal energy all thrown into the mix.

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

November 18, 2015,   by Chris Clark

Kent's cross-country trip is now at 17,310.5 miles, and his next stop will be Albuquerque, then the Grand Canyon. In between cities, he charges at KOA campgrounds, using an adaptor that allows him...

Category: Electric Vehicles

#Dieseldämmerung: Reveal of industry-wide diesel cheating impending, sources claim

November 16, 2015,   by Bertel Schmitt

Dailykanban received information that in one or two weeks, a number of other automakers will be exposed as diesel cheaters. A Volkswagen problem will turn into an industry-wide systemic problem, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Syria, climate change and the horror in Paris

November 15, 2015,   by Curt Cobb

A study released earlier this year suggested that the first link in the causal chain that led to the current conflict in Syria was a severe drought lasting from 2006 through 2009, a drought that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles

November 15, 2015,   by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

This life cycle assessment aims to compare four types of similar-sized passenger vehicles in the New Zealand context, namely conventional petrol and diesel engine vehicles, and two types of PEVs...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: Much Fewer Overall Emissions

November 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are simply cleaner than driving cars powered by fossil fuels, regardless of whether they use gasoline or diesel fuel.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: No Tail-Pipe Emissions

November 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) use electricity stored in traction batteries to drive the wheels. There is no Internal Combustion Engine that burns gasoline or diesel. There is no tail pipe in an EV and,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: They’re More Efficient

November 13, 2015,  

EVs are more efficient in their use of fuel than cars powered by what insiders know as an Internal Combustion Engine or ICE. Because they are more efficient, EVs use fewer natural resources over...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Slippery slope towards French nuclear phaseout

November 13, 2015,   by Craig Morris

But we still need to keep in mind that the French dump nuclear on neighboring countries on the cheap when demand is low. When demand is high, French reactors cannot even cover domestic demand. In...

Category: Nuclear Power

Keystone XL rejection signals change in the pipeline: analysis

November 12, 2015,   by Tyler Hamilton

A shift in cultural attitudes and technology is giving political leaders more license to act on climate.

Category: Fossil Fuels

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

November 12, 2015,  

Electric cars tend to produce less carbon pollution than gas-powered ones—but just how much less? Enter your ZIP code below to see how different types of vehicles stack up in your area. Entering a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions?

November 12, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Road To COP21: Where is the “Locus of Control” of Effective Climate Action?

November 10, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

While we need international institutions like the UN to facilitate a global energy and land-use transition, the UN cannot function, as it has in the past, as a tar-pit or morass to entrap the good...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Bakersfield to Paso Robles Raises Questions on Energy Estimates

November 10, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In late October we tried a new route from Bakersfield to Grover Beach where we visit a family friend. . . The new route pushed the boundaries of what our 2015 Nissan Leaf is capable of—and our...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Japan’s Dangerous Nuclear Waste on the Cutting Board? Towards a Renewables Future

November 9, 2015,   by Andrew DeWit

The Abe government’s repositioning on energy is evident in an accelerating shift away from support for the nuclear village, in spite of a few restarts, and towards an increasingly impressive...

Category: Nuclear Power

Getting It Wrong About Electric Cars and Coal Power

November 6, 2015,   by Bruce Mirken

The miners want you to know that if you own a Tesla, you are driving a vehicle that is likely powered by Wyoming coal.” Small problem: If you live in California, that’s flat wrong.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Auto Service--Boy That was Easy

November 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve driven the car 7,300 miles without any service whatsoever and when we took it to the dealer there was no charge for it’s annual inspection.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels or You have to be Kidding

November 4, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Yep, only in Bakersfield, the oil capitol of California. Sunday morning I went down the drive to pick up the newspaper after gazing up at Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. What do I see? A special tag stuck...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels

Britain: Hinkley C - no progress in two years

October 30, 2015,  

My own guess is that the British Government is only keeping the PR for the project positive because it hopes to provide a smooth passage for other financial deals it is doing with China, and to...

Category: Nuclear Power

Edison Never Told Federal Regulators Of San Onofre Equipment Design Flaw

October 30, 2015,   by Amita Sharma

“It’s against the law for a company to misrepresent material information to a safety regulator,” said Aguirre, who is challenging a settlement agreement that forces customers to pay for most of San...

Category: Nuclear Power

Yes, ExxonMobil Committed “Unparalleled Evil” Yet that Evil Can Distract From Taking Action

October 28, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

The causal framework that blames only fossil fuel companies also excuses us consumers who were and are only too happy to continue the fossil-fueled party, especially with no visible impingements on...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Could Hinkley C spell the end of EDF?

October 27, 2015,   by Dave Toke

Further drastic losses on Hinkley C similar to the mounting losses accrued by AREVA and EDF on the EPRs being built in Finland (Olikuoto) and France (Flamanville) might lead to what hitherto has...

Category: Nuclear Power

Plug'n Drive advocates for electrification of transportation as a key plank of Ontario's climate change action strategy

October 26, 2015,  

With the Government of Ontario looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37% below 1990 levels by 2030, and with transportation being the largest emitting sector in Ontario, it is clear...

Category: Electric Vehicles

British Government finally admits it is subsidising nuclear - while cutting help for renewables

October 22, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

The government confirms that it is not continuing the ‘no public subsidy policy’ [for nuclear power] of the previous administration.

Category: Nuclear Power

Volkswagen Knowingly Adapted “Cheat Switch” For Four Different Engines Over Seven Years, Claim Insiders

October 19, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

The German automaker not only installed the illegal emissions control software in its EA189 engines but then modified it for use in a total of four different engine types, indicating that the ...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Is A Symptom Of Widespread Automotive Disruption

October 17, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

The VW emissions scandal isn’t an outlier, but a symptom of the reality that internal combustion cars, whether gas or diesel, have reached the limits of effective compromises that will satisfy...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW looks to cutbacks and electric cars to overcome scandal

October 14, 2015,   by Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz

Volkswagen will cut investment plans at its biggest division by 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year and step up development of electric vehicles, it said on Tuesday, as it battles to cope with the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen is pegging its fate to a major bet on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen, confronting a daunting threat to its size and prestige, is making a dramatic pivot to electric vehicles. The move has seemed a likely one since mid-September, when the German company was...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to cut costs by $1.5B, focus on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen AG says it would cut investment by €1 billion ($1.5 billion Cdn) within the year and step up development of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France Expands Electric-Car Bonus To Scrap 10-Year-Old Diesel Cars

October 12, 2015,   by Stephen Edelstein

French Minister of Ecology and Energy Segolene Royal says there are plans to extend the bonus to 10-year-old diesel cars, according to Life in France.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Demanded Subsidies for its "Clean" Diesel

October 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In what amounts to one of the auto industry’s greatest displays of Chutzpah, VW demanded the same subsidies for its diesel engines as was being offered to Electric Vehicles (EVs).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

October 10, 2015,   by MATT RICHTEL

Electric-vehicle owners are unplugging one another’s cars, trading insults, and creating black markets and side deals to trade spots in corporate parking lots.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Four more carmakers join diesel emissions row

October 9, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi have joined the growing list of manufacturers whose diesel cars are known to emit significantly more pollution on the road than in regulatory tests,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW: $50 Million In Tax Credits, Wanted Electric-Car Credits For Diesels Too

October 8, 2015,   by John Voelcker

But as it turns out, Volkswagen had pushed aggressively from 2009 to 2011 for its so-called "clean diesel" vehicles to receive the same tax credits as those granted to plug-in electric cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Charging Time: Nissan Leaf on Level 2

October 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted two charts of two charging sessions. Both report similar findings. The car charges at its maximum capacity--6 kW to the traction battery--for 2.5 hours before it begins tapering the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Sought a Green Seal for Its Diesel Cars

October 6, 2015,   by AARON M. KESSLER

But Volkswagen lobbied hard before the announcement, demanding that its diesel engines receive special fuel economy credits for their environmental friendliness, just as zero-emission electric cars...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Cars

October 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Environmentalists should insist that regulators force VW--willingly or unwillingly--to abandon the internal-combustion engine and switch to EVs now for our sake as well as for the future of VW. It’s...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Back From the Dead: The Rise of EVs

October 2, 2015,   by Griffin Carpenter

Could communities soon be generating their own renewable energy, charging their cars and controlling home appliances remotely?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Roma--EV Charging in Rome

September 30, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EVs are making rapid progress if you don't have to search out charge stations in major cities around the world and instead just come across them in the urban fabric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

AutoBleue--Electric Vehicle Car Sharing in Nice, France

September 29, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

While Nancy and I were guided around Nice, France by our colleague and good friend Bernard Chabot last week, we stumbled across this Peugeot Electric Vehicle (EV) charging.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Study finds it likely that 70% of nuclear fuel melted at Fukushima No. 2 reactor

September 28, 2015,  

More than 70 percent of the nuclear fuel in one of the reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is highly likely to have melted in the wake of the massive 2011...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Cars… of the 1890s and Early 1900s

September 28, 2015,   by Dick Eastman

What goes around comes around. Are you dreaming of purchasing a Tesla or some other all-electric automobile? Your great-great-grandfather might approve of your following in his footsteps.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW kills the diesel engine, and opens path for electric vehicles

September 28, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

As one analyst wrote: “For Volkswagen (and the auto industry), the dream of inexpensive clean diesel might be dead. Even if carmakers could deliver on VW’s false technological claims, the standard by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why the days of gas-powered cars are numbered

September 25, 2015,   by Peter Cheney

The trashcan of history is filled with machines that once seemed as if they would last forever. Remember the typewriter? The rotary-dial telephone? Cameras that used film?

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Volkswagen scandal: say goodbye to the internal combustion engine!

September 22, 2015,   by Ugo Bardi

But, if it is true that we cannot win against thermodynamics, it is also true that we don't need to fight against it. A battle against the combustion engine was lost in the 1970s, but the war can...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Japan's Koizumi calls for national movement to lead fight against nuclear power

September 13, 2015,   by Shinichi Sekine and Takashi Funakoshi

“Time will certainly come when the nuclear power issue will emerge as a key campaign issue in elections,” Koizumi said. “Candidates will be judged by their positions on nuclear power."

Category: Nuclear Power

EVs Could Cut Global Gasoline Use By 2040

September 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

A tipping point has been reached in the last two years for electric cars. Almost half of all fully or partially electric vehicles sold in the past decade were sold in 2014. In addition to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The notion that nuclear is cheaper somewhere else is a myth

September 5, 2015,   by Dave Toke

The belief that somehow nuclear power will be cheaper if somehow it is done differently here has been stoked by a recent IEA Report which says that British nuclear power, in the shape of the proposed...

Category: Nuclear Power

Safe, sustainable uranium and thorium in California

September 4, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

This document describes and analyses the main characteristics of electricity production, imports and demand in California since 2001. Comparisons are made for Nuclear and renewables, with the clear...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Shining a light on Britain’s nuclear state

September 2, 2015,   by Phil Johnsotne and Andy Stirling

Finally, a sophisticated, sober, and revealing explanation of why successive British governments have been hell bent on building two new--and very expensive--reactors by the French & Chinese. It just...

Category: Nuclear Power

Switzerland temporarily nuclear-free

August 27, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In short, Switzerland thus briefly lost 3,300 megawatts of baseload generation capacity. Power demand in the country ranges from around 5,000 (baseload) to over 10,000 megawatts (peak) in the summer.

Category: Nuclear Power

Planned CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley

August 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a document July 27, 2015 that called for proposals to complete California's portion of the West Coast Electric Highway.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein I learn some important lessons: Don’t get overconfident with an EV; Don’t believe LA valets about their knowledge of EVs; The value of quick charging; Plan carefully; and—as always—allow...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Stats on a Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've pulled the statistics out of the article Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return and put them here.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Japan's Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem

August 21, 2015,  

Japan's Kyushu Electric Power has halted the ramp-up of power output from its Sendai No. 1 nuclear reactor due to a problem with a pump in the plant's secondary cooling system, a spokesman said on...

Category: Nuclear Power

BlueIndy electric car-share service to debut Sept. 2

August 20, 2015,   by Justin L. Mack

BlueIndy officials announced Thursday that the stalled electric car-share service will open to the public early next month.

Category: Electric Vehicles

How France could go nearly 100 percent renewable

August 20, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The authors have a hierarchy of steps to take. First, “sufficiency” and efficiency reduces energy demand. Second, renewable energy cover

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Environmental groups urge release of report on nuclear disaster scenarios

August 19, 2015,  

Environmental groups are urging the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to release a study on nuclear disaster scenarios that they say was suppressed. The commission released a study last year looking...

Category: Nuclear Power

Great Britain: So which countries will take care of the likely ruinous debts for Hinkley C?

August 16, 2015,   by Dave Toke

As widespread incredulity spreads about the UK Government's insistence that the plan to build Hinkley C nuclear power station is still on track, we must wonder which country and which companies will...

Category: Nuclear Power

Delco-Remy’s DRIVE I Preceded GM’s EV1 to Same Fate

August 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Fourteen years before General Motors (GM) introduced its EV1 and a quarter-century before it recalled and eventually destroyed nearly all of them, a GM division built an electric car only to see it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Japan PM Abe's support slips, majority oppose nuclear restart

August 10, 2015,  

Fifty-seven percent of respondents to the weekend survey opposed Kyushu Electric Power Co's restart of a reactor at its Sendai plant in southwest Japan, set for Tuesday. Thirty percent supported the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan: Utilities pass heat wave test with flying colors without nuclear plants

August 8, 2015,   by DAISUKE HIRABAYASHI

Regional power companies were cranking out the juice during the recent heat wave, proving that Japan can do without nuclear reactors even during the hottest days of summer.

Category: Nuclear Power

French Proposed 100% Renewable Energy Policy for 2050 Released in English

July 31, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

French energy activists, Association négaWatt, have released their plan for France to reach nearly 100% renewable energy by 2050 in English. The move is a dramatic step by the French NGO to draw the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Further Setbacks for French and Swiss nuclear

July 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The flaws at the EPR reactor still under construction in Flamanville were apparently known way back in 2006. Now, the Swiss are finding similar fissures as those detected in Belgium – because they...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables briefly covered 78 percent of German electricity

July 28, 2015,   by Craig Morris

This situation once again disproves the common notion that Germany can “rely” on French nuclear when it needs power. In reality, trading takes place based on price, not dire need to prevent...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Great Britain: A Plea for a No-Regrets Energy Policy

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Catherine Mitchell launches a series of articles on designing a “no-regrets” energy policy that is as much a plea for sanity in Great Britain as it is an explanation why no resource is 100%...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Bakersfield First Urban Public Charge Station Nearing Completion

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield's first urban public charge stations are nearing completion. The four stations at Bakersfield Community College's Weill Institute are located in downtown. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britian: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

July 27, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

So far, as said elsewhere, we are witnessing a Government which is dismantling sustainable energy policies. The energy world is broadly going in one direction – and as said before that’s not the same...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

My unlucky electric car journey

July 26, 2015,   by Gavin Shoebridge

In this episode: the electric car gets a 'major service', I drive to Vienna in Austria, I learn that most charging system providers really suck, I almost run out of electricity, and I put on a suit...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Good Neighbors Make Plugshare Work

July 24, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been contacted by EV drivers a few times about charging at our home here in Bakersfield, but none have showed up. That is, until John Rowell from Exeter called.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool

July 23, 2015,   by Brad Berman

PlugShare is a powerful mobile application and online tool that allows electric car owners to locate and optimize the use of EV charging stations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France’s new energy transition law

July 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

France is not ramping up renewables fast enough, so it will not reach that target anyway. Furthermore, it will not reach its target for the reduction in nuclear power, which is completely unrealistic...

Category: Nuclear Power

France’s EDF finds wind & solar reducing baseload

July 6, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a brief study, the French operator of the country’s nuclear plants unsurprisingly finds that backup generation capacity for fluctuating wind and solar will need to be as flexible as possible. The...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Coal power down, renewables up in Germany

July 2, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Overall, electricity from lignite dropped by 3.6 percent, mainly because so much wind power was produced during the winter that it actually cut into this baseload electricity. In contrast, power from...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Is Germany reliant on foreign nuclear power?

June 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a nutshell, France relies on Germany to cover its peak demand, not vice versa. There is, however, a risk of Germany decommissioning so much coal and nuclear capacity over the next seven years as...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach Revisited & Summary

June 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As we’ve become more experienced, we’ve become bolder. On this trip we used our new Jesla EVSE—a portable charge cable—to charge quicker, and we took some shortcuts we avoided on the first trip. We...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Visalia

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We planned another excursion in our 2015 Nisssan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle (EV). This time we planned to join friends for dinner in Visalia to the north of Bakersfield in the heart to the San Joaquin...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Grapevine (I-5) Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh of a Nissan Leaf

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made four trips from Bakersfield over the Tejon Pass via the Grapevine and back. This is enough trips to account for variations in the weather and some variations in driving style. As noted...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Ventura to Grover Beach Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made several trips from Bakersfield over Tejon Pass and two trips to the coast and back. There's now enough data to summarize how many kWh are needed to drive a Nissan Leaf on these various...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Bakersfield & South Valley EV Owners Breakfast

June 20, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had a good time and it was great to talk shop with such an experienced crew. Gary, Tom, Jason and his wife, Dori drove up in Gary's new Tesla. They joined Mike Bornstein, his son, Stefanie, and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Kernville Revisited

June 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Our friends had organized a morning visit to the Ardis Walker house and museum of western history in Kernville. Walker was a prominent and colorful local figure in Kern County from the 1960s until...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Pressure grows for blank cheque for nuclear power in Britain

June 17, 2015,   by Dave Toke

The IPPR favour developing nuclear power as a publicly owned development, on the same basis as projects like HS2. There would be a 'cost plus' contract given to the nuclear power developers, who...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Ridgecrest via Mountain Mesa

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We wanted to drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Ridgecrest and have dinner with our niece before her assignment at the Naval base was completed.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Nissan Leaf Range Calcs from Tony Williams Tabular Estimator

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

This tabular estimator is based on Tony Williams Nissan Leaf Range Chart. This simple spreadsheet uses Williams' estimates of how much electricity a Nissan Leaf consumes in level, steady-state...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

France begins nuclear bailout

June 10, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The French government announced plans to inject cash into Areva, the firm that constructs nuclear plants in the country. It is a desperate attempt to ward off the inevitable: bankruptcy.

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Terminology & Recomendations for EV Charging Infrastructure

June 9, 2015,   by Michael Bornstein

In order to understand Electric Car Charging and the infrastructure needed, we first have to understand the terminology. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Tehachapi Revisited

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

My meeting to discuss Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Kern County was canceled, leaving my day free. So I turned to Nancy and suggested we drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Tehachapi for lunch....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Tehachapi L2 EV Charging Station Operational

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi has completed installation of its Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station. The two, Level 2 EVSEs are located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. The station, part of the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nuclear decline in Europe?

June 2, 2015,   by Paul Brown

The European nuclear industry, led by France, seems to be in terminal decline as a result of the cancellation of a new Finnish reactor, technical faults in stations already under construction, and...

Category: Nuclear Power

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Charge Up Rebate

June 2, 2015,  

SJVAPCD is now accepting applications for the Charge UP! Electric Vehicle Charger program.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gary Giddings--Early EV Pioneer--Coming to June 20th Bakersfield Brunch

June 1, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Gary Giddings, creator of an early State of Charge meter for the Nissan Leaf will join the Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley at the Golden Corral for brunch...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Zero German coal plants as a reaction to Fukushima

May 27, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Second, there has been no surge in coal power during the nuclear phase-out. In fact, total coal power production (both lignite and hard coal) fell by six percent last year alone.

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Los Angeles & Return

May 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Friday 22 May we embarked on our Electric Vehicle (EV) adventure to Los Angeles via the “Grapevine” to take in a concert of the LA Philharmonic and visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Nuclear power is more expensive than both onshore AND offshore wind power

May 15, 2015,   by Dave Toke

Using the Government's own contract prices for nuclear power and wind power we can demonstrate how nuclear power is more expensive than both onshore wind AND offshore wind.

Category: Nuclear Power

The accelerating decline of French nuclear power

May 14, 2015,   by Michael Mariotte

But more rapidly than could have been imagined even five years ago, pointing a finger at France doesn’t evoke nuclear success. Rather, France, whose nuclear industry is in speedy and accelerating...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Kernville

May 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our continuing exploration of the Nissan Leaf’s range, we took a one-day get-a-way and drove up to scenic Kernville deep in the heart of the southern Sierra Nevada.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

What is an Electric Car Event at the Beale Library

May 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had about a dozen cars, so there's a dozen drivers there. Leafs, MiEV, two BMWi3s, a Ford, Rav 4, and a Tesla. There was quite a line up of vehicles--the Tesla attracting the most attention...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britain: The election everyone lost

May 8, 2015,   by Alan Simpson

Former parliamentarian Alan Simpson bemoans the paucity of serious debates of public paucity in the recent British election concluded today. Beginning in Churchillian tones, he laments "What...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Updated Locations for DCFC in Southern San Joaquin

May 7, 2015,  

The California Energy Commission has updated the locations of DC Fast Chargers in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug-in Hybrid to the Rescue

May 2, 2015,   by Kevin Mershon

How the traction battery of a plug-in hybrid may have saved a life.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Event at Beale Library Hosted by Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley

April 27, 2015,  

Ollie Danner has organized quite an event at the Beale Library. See the event flyer for details on the raffle prizes. All proceeds go to the Beale Library.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Boell: Suppressed French report says 100% renewables is possible

April 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

What are the findings? The leaked PDF has two blank pages where the executive summary should be. So I wrote my own.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Test drive of a petrol car (humour)

April 22, 2015,   by Tibor Blomhäll

Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

April 22, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

Given GB’s disastrous auction policy in the 1990’s, one can understand the scepticism of this from the German renewable energy industry. Again, this may have unforeseen impacts.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Mainichi: Japan must set anti-climate change goal without using nuke disaster as excuse

April 21, 2015,  

Japan stands at a point now, where it can no longer hide behind the Fukushima nuclear disaster for its passive stance toward anti-climate change measures.

Category: Nuclear Power

Great Britain: Getting our act together

April 17, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

If the Act is not replaced, the UK will be treading energy water until four or so years time when we will be forced to rethink a new Act anyway. Yes, this means putting EMR on hold until new...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Mojave Superchargers Go Live: East Side Now Wired for Tesla—Still No Fast Chargers for Consumer EVs on the East Side

April 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Meanwhile, there are no DC Fast Chargers in Mojave, or anywhere on the east side of the Sierra for drivers of consumer-oriented EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf. The nearest fast charger to Mojave is in...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Guardian: Japan's post-Fukushima nuclear restart plans dealt a blow by court ruling

April 14, 2015,   by Justin McCurry

A court in Japan has dealt a blow to plans by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to relaunch nuclear power generation four years after the Fukushima meltdown by halting the restart of two reactors over...

Category: Nuclear Power

Kyodo: 2014 Japanese nuclear power output at zero

April 13, 2015,  

Nuclear power output stood at zero throughout fiscal 2014 for the first time since the country began commercial operation of its first nuclear plant in fiscal 1966, the Federation of Electric Power...

Category: Nuclear Power

Faults found in EPR rector core threaten projects in France, China and the UK

April 9, 2015,   by Dave Toke

As if things were not bad enough for the prospect of completing constructions of the ailing European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) design, things have now gotten worse with the discovery of a serious...

Category: Nuclear Power

LBNL: Quantifying EV battery end-of-life through analysis of travel needs with vehicle powertrain models

April 8, 2015,   by Samveg Saxena

Our findings show that defining battery retirement at 70–80% remaining capacity is inaccurate. Battery retirement should instead be governed by when batteries no longer satisfy daily travel needs of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Reuters: Weak spots found in steel of Areva's French EPR reactor

April 7, 2015,   by Geert De Clercq

Areva has found weak spots in the steel of the EPR nuclear reactor it is building for utility EDF in Flamanville, France, French nuclear regulator ASN said on Tuesday.

Category: Nuclear Power

EDF abandons Hinkley C project after Chinese demands cannot be met

April 3, 2015,   by Dave Toke

The Chinese nuclear interests, who are needed to provide a large part of the equity investment in the project, are demanding that the French Government agrees to carry the can and pay for cost...

Category: Nuclear Power

Opinion: Why Electric Car Charging Networks Need Impartial, Third-Party Regulation Or Face Collapse

April 1, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

But while more electric car charging stations is a great thing for encouraging more people behind the wheel of a plug-in car, there’s a global endemic threatening the operation of charging stations...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Renewables International: Nuclear and renewables: past, present, and future

April 1, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

The nuclear renaissance has failed to materialize, but it looks like the renewable era is getting started.

Category: Nuclear Power

Solar-Powered Commute | 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid

March 27, 2015,   by Craig Topfer

When Craig installed solar panels on his home, he had no idea how it could benefit his commute. See how he powers his Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oh Where Oh Where Has Washington Gone?

March 22, 2015,   by Dave Laur

The first stations started going in early in 2012 and there was a lot of excitement that many more would be coming soon. But the hype has not lived up to even the most modest of expectations. Fast...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bloomberg: Japan to Scrap Three Aging Reactors on Safety Upgrade Costs

March 16, 2015,   by Masumi Suga

Three of Japan’s oldest nuclear reactors will be decommissioned, the start of what is expected to be a series of shutdowns because of costs to meet tougher safety standards introduced after the...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach and SLO--550 Miles in a Nissan Leaf

March 16, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On 5 March Nancy and I undertook our first true road trip in our 2015 Nissan Leaf. Our destination was Grover Beach and ultimately San Luis Obispo.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Electric Auto Association's Comments on DC Fast Charger Installations for West Coast Electric Highway

March 16, 2015,  

The Electric Auto Association (EAA) submitted comments 16 March 2015 to the California Energy Commission on DC Fast Charger installations for the build out of the West Coast Electric Highway. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Two DC Fast Chargers Coming This Summer to I-5 Grapevine Corridor

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EV owners who’ve tackled the Grapevine on I-5 with today’s consumer-oriented EVs know how difficult the route is, necessitating long layovers in Lebec and again in Valencia. That is about to change. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

500 Miles in an EV—Some Observations

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a 550-mile trip to Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo from Bakersfield in our Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle (EV). It’s not as far as many have driven, but it’s far more than...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Renewables International: The race between wind and nuclear

March 12, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Normally, Chabot's presentations are quite long and exhaustive. Today, this one is short and sweet – four charts, one for each country, and a single comparison of kilowatt-hours of electricity from...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Wind Energy

CEC DCFC Corridor Gaps Southern San Joaquin & Mojave Desert; Grapevine, Valencia, Tehachapi

March 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

There’s an urgent need by owners of consumer-oriented EVs for a DCFC station either at the base of the Grapevine or at Lebec. Similarly, there’s an urgent need for a companion station in Valencia. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tom P. Green's Comments to the CEC on DC Fast Chargers for EVs

March 3, 2015,   by Tom P. Greene

The following are Tom P. Green’s comments to the California Energy Commission Advisory Committee 12 February 2015 on the need for the rapid deployment of DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in California.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

French nuclear power history – the unknown story

March 3, 2015,   by Craig Morris

French Environmental Minister Ségolène Royal . . . defended (article in French) the policy of “getting out of all-nuclear” (sortir du tout nucléaire). Here, something easily gets lost in translation:...

Category: Nuclear Power

Our Nissan Leaf's Electricity Consumption Early 2015

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When we got our recent bill from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., I thought I’d take a look at hour our Electric Vehicle (EV) was affecting our consumption.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Lebec and the Grapevine

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

For those of us who live in the San Joaquin Valley, getting to and from Los Angeles in an Electric Vehicle (EV) is a challenge. Southbound, the last charging stations are in Bakersfield. Then it’s a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

DC Fast Charging for EVs along California Transportation Corridors

March 1, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

The CEC document CEC-600-2014-002 reveals some locations of the planned DCFCs along I-5 and Highway 99. The US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute have proposed the build-out of a complete...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Petition the California Energy Commission to install a network of DC fast chargers to enable long-distance EV travel in California this year

February 26, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

Deploying a network of DC fast charging (DCFC) stations along long-distance transportation corridors will enable long-distance EV travel in California. . . This network is also needed to make EVs...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Level 2 Charge Station Coming to Tehachapi this Summer

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi plans to install a Level 2 commercial charge station near City Hall sometime this summer, says Chris Kirk, assistant city manager. When installed, the station will double the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Glenville

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

It was a beautiful day and there was a report of abundant wildflowers on the road to Woody. Glenville is beyond Woody and we thought we’d test our Leaf’s range once again in the foothills east of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Tehachapi

February 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Sunday Nancy & I drove our car to Tehachapi from Bakersfield, California. That in itself isn’t significant. Thousands of cars and trucks climb the 4,000 feet from the San Joaquin Valley to the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

British minister claims there is 'no delay' in Hinkley C construction

February 17, 2015,   by Dave Toke

This view once again highlights the gap between government policy and reality. EDF are certainly not going to go ahead without at least a guarantee of compensation from the UK Government in the event...

Category: Nuclear Power

Charging an EV at Tehachapi’s Mountain Valley RV Park

February 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Recreational Vehicle (RV) parks with NEMA 14-50 receptacles are popular with drivers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) where no EV-specific chargers exist—as is the case between Bakersfield and Mojave,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chronicle: PG&E e-mails may prove pivotal in probe of regulator

February 16, 2015,   by Jaxon Van Derbeken

In their search warrant affidavit, state investigators said that among the items they were looking for was evidence related to the Kern County alternative energy plant known as Hydrogen Energy...

Category: Nuclear Power

UT San Diego: Flawed San Onofre nuclear project steamed on

February 14, 2015,   by Jeff McDonald

Peevey’s 2005 decision to let Edison upgrade San Onofre absent a cost-justification may be more questionable in light of the release of emails he traded with utility officials.

Category: Nuclear Power

Last ditch bullying by Coalition Government to keep Hinkley on track

February 13, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

The UK is now ‘issuing threats’ to Austria that a series of retaliatory measures will be undertaken if Austria goes ahead with its legal challenge to the EU State Aid decision approving GB Government...

Category: Nuclear Power

First Quick Charge--Wow That Was Fast

February 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’d have to agree with JP White in Nashville after his first quick charge: Awesome.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags

February 12, 2015,   by Ollie Danner

The first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags. Great for busy charging locations. Reusable. Clear coating allows for multiple uses with dry erase marker.

Category: Electric Vehicles

REnewEconomy: Why nuclear industry needs to be paid $500/MWh

February 9, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

Weatherill is right about one thing: Nuclear energy, he says, is “not something that would be economically viable in South Australia, or indeed the nation.”

Category: Nuclear Power

Buying an Electric Vehicle Mail Order: Or Why we bought our Leaf from Petaluma and Not Bakersfield

January 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn’t quite mail order. Most of the transaction was done over the phone and via email, but we bought a car, an Electric Vehicle (EV), in a very untraditional manner.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Guardian: Fossil fuel firms accused of renewable lobby takeover to push gas

January 22, 2015,   by Arthur Neslen

Big energy firms such as Total, Iberdrola, E.On and Enel have together adopted a dominant position in trade bodies such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Photovoltaic...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

Trip to Bird Springs Road in a Nissan Leaf

January 6, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been driving our 2015 Nissan Leaf for two months now and it was time to take it on a road trip—a short one, mind you, but one long enough to test our range anxiety. We set out Monday morning to...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Exelon needs to nearly double power prices to keep Ginna nuclear plant open

January 6, 2015,   by Herman K. Trabish

The utility says 2016 forecasts show it will require $71 per MWh to earn an 11% return from the 581 MW plant in upstate New York, and $56 to $64 per MWh to break even.

Category: Nuclear Power

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