China’s Solar Expressway Meets Light Of Day:

Xinhua | Editor: Liu | December 31, 2017: China on Thursday opened a 1-km section solar expressway for testing. Solar panels are laid beneath part of a ring road surrounding Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province in east China. The road surface is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate. The panels, covering 5,875 square meters,…

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Over 110,000 Electric Car Charging Poles Installed In Beijing:

Xinhua | Editor: Mengjie | December 30, 2017: Beijing has built 112,600 charging poles for new energy cars as of the end of November, local authorities said Saturday. New energy vehicles can have acess to the charging pole service within five kilometers when they drive inside the Sixth Ring Road of the city, said Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management.…

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Sustainable Neighborhoods + Electric Transport = Winning The Future:

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | December 30, 2017: We write a lot about electric vehicles here on CleanTechnica, because we’re a tech site. But some of the best ways to cut emissions involve no tech at all. One of the best things you can do to cut your carbon footprint and pollution output is live in a walkable,…

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Fossil Fuel Companies Will Invest $180 Billion In New Plastics Feedstock Facilities:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 27, 2017: The shale gas fracking revolution that began in the United States a decade ago has been one of the worst disasters for the environment since our Canadian friends figured out how to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands. The gas obtained has some benefits. When burned, it emits fewer…

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Off Grid Energy Storage:

Shell Foundation & Grantham Institute | By: Various Authors | GPE – December 23, 2017: Executive Summary: Over the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in the deployment of solar home systems, and rural utilities coupled with electrical energy storage devices, enabling off grid access to energy and power stability. Developments in the electric vehicle industry have led…

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Unconventional Solar Panel Siting Saves Agricultural Land While Providing Plenty Of Power:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | GPE – December 22, 2017: There is an ongoing struggle going on between solar developers and farmers. Land that is best for solar installations are often well suited to growing crops or raising animals. Some experiments are being conducted to bridge the needs of both energy producers and agriculture, such as the one…

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One By One Big Hydropower Dams Disrupt Mekong River’s Free Flow:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – December 12, 2017: In unfolding global energy revolution, expensive and ecologically risky dams may not be right choice to generate more electricity. The bend in the Mekong River where Laotian authorities want to build the Pak Beng hydropower dam is described as one of the most beautiful stretches along all…

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The Impacts Of Bringing Electricity To Rural & Vulnerable Populations:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | December 09, 2017: Today we’re able to build self-driving trucks, to communicate with smart humanoids, and to play video games with virtual reality technologies. Yet there are 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity across the world (IEA and World Bank, 2017). That’s one in every five people, most of them living…

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Malawi Hit By Blackout As Falling Dam Levels Drain Hydropower:

Reuters | By: Frank Phiri | December 07, 2017: Many parts of Malawi remained without electricity on Thursday after water levels at the country’s two main dams sunk to critical levels and affected hydro power plants, the power utility said on Thursday. Malawi lost around 200 megawatts (MW) of hydro generated electricity supply on Wednesday night, leaving the southern African…

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Okay, Say Someone Hacks Into The US Power Grid. Then What?

Defense One | By: Caroline Houck | December 06, 2017: “On a scale of 1 to 10,” the threat of a cyber attack on U.S. critical infrastructure is “a 7 or an 8,” the Department of Homeland Security warned lawmakers last week. And indeed, someone has been probing the defenses of utilities, key manufacturers, and others. So what happens if…

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Electricity Sector No Longer Biggest Emissions Source In US ~ Guess What Is:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 06, 2017: For the past 40 years, the electricity sector of the US economy has been the biggest source of carbon emissions. But according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that distinction now belongs to transportation — automobiles, trucks, airplanes, and ships. Don’t assume that means transportation emissions have risen dramatically recently. They…

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Report Release ~ State Of The Market 2017: Corporate Renewable Procurement In China:

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) | By: Katherine Chrisman & Mark Porter | November 28, 2017: Over the past decade, China has become the world’s leader in wind and solar capacity. Traditionally, China’s electricity structure has been closed off to most forms of corporate renewable procurement. But as a growing number of companies commit to reduce their carbon emissions and increase…

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How An Intelligent Microgrid Saved A California Vineyard Amidst Wildfires ~ Stone Edge Farm Story:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | November 28, 2017: We recently had the opportunity to speak with Craig Wooster, Project Manager & General Contractor at the Stone Edge Farm (SEF) Microgrid Project, about the impressive work the team is doing to take the farm off the grid with sustainable energy and storage. In addition to talking about the microgrid…

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China Unveils Major Reform To Boost Renewable Energy Trading:

Clean Technica | By: Smiti | November 24, 2017: China has launched a major reform in its power sector which will enable renewable energy generators not linked to the main power grid to sell electricity easily. The National Energy Administration (NEA) recently announced that small and medium-sized renewable energy generators will now be allowed to sell electricity to willing buyers…

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Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | November 24, 2017: Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of space, especially for larger, utility-scale systems. In some densely populated countries like China and India, where loss of farmland can lead to hungry people, floating solar farms are being built to take advantage of the surface area…

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Hybrid Electrification System Can Be Installed On Long Haul Trucks For 30% Fuel Savings:

Clean Technica | By: Derek Markham | November 14, 2017: The race to electrify long haul trucking, as well as other heavy cargo carriers, is really starting to heat up, and although we’re all waiting for Musk to blow our minds clean out of our skulls with the Tesla semi reveal, there are other contenders already lining up with their…

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Grids of Future ~ Villages Embracing 4th Industrial Revolution Faster Than Cities:

Renewable Energy World | By: Jaideep Bansal | GPE – November 14, 2017: I was recently reading an article on the Grid of the Future where prosumers are both the producers and consumers of the power. It talks about how people will be able to use decentralized microgrids and not be dependent on centralized grid infrastructure for their energy needs.…

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The Microgrid Imperative:

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Runyon | November 13, 2017: The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: February: 300,000 in Pennsylvania March: 800,000 in Michigan July: 2,300 in the Outer Banks of North…

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100% Global Renewable Electricity No Longer Flight Of Fancy ~ More Cost-Effective Than Current System:

Clean Technica | By:Joshua S Hill | November 09, 2017: Making a global transition to a 100% renewable electricity grid has long been a dream of many, but new research published this week by the Lappeenranta University of Technology has proven it is no longer just a dream but a viable reality — a reality that is more cost-effective than…

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Flexible Rollup Solar Panels Bring Electricity To Remote British Island:

Clean Technica |By: Steve Hanley | GPE – November 12, 2017: Flat Holm island is an uninhabited rocky outcropping in the Bristol Channel that separates England from Wales. It is much admired for its rugged beauty and abundant avian population but like many islands in the world, a diesel generator is its only source of electricity. Originally published November 09,…

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