Mon.Jan 13, 2020

Mazda Electric SUV Will Drive Just Like Gasoline & Diesel Powered Cars

CleanTechnica

The Mazda MX-30 electric SUV will go on sale in Europe in late 2020. The company's engineers are tuning it to drive exactly like its gasoline and diesel powered cousins. Is that a smart thing?

8 electric truck and van companies to watch in 2020

GreenBiz

Get ready for all-electric heavy-duty big rigs, semi-trucks, box trucks, delivery vans and more. clean fleets electric trucks Electric Vehicles Logisitics Transportation & Mobility

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Iceland Reaches 25% EV Market Share! When Will The World Follow?

CleanTechnica

Iceland made it clear that winning the silver medal was a piece of cake for the island nation, as it logged a massive 25% EV market share in.

BlackRock goes green? Investment giant joins Climate Action 100+ amid controversy

GreenBiz

The move comes just a month after the firm was accused of being 'full of greenwash' by former US Vice President Al Gore. Commitments & Goals Policy & Politics

Cranky Uncle Vs. Climate Change: John Cook Is A Cognitive Scientist, Climate Communicator, & Cartoonist

CleanTechnica

In addition to great material on the science and consequences that are being denied, Cook provides communication solutions. His work is colorful, fun and grounded deeply in how brains actually hear and internalize information. Climate Change book review books cartoons climate change denial John Coo

The PFAS and the furious: the new and deserved scrutiny on the 'forever chemicals'

GreenBiz

The water-repellent coating on many biodegradable products can cause harm in waste management and human health. Circular Economy Advanced Materials In the Loop

China 2019 Electric Vehicle Market Share Grows To 4.7% Despite Tighter Incentives

CleanTechnica

2019 electric vehicle market share in the world's largest auto market, China, increased from 4.5% to 4.7%, even after a significant trimming of incentives from July.

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100% Electric Vehicles Collected 42% of Norway’s Vehicle Sales in 2019

CleanTechnica

In 2019, 56% of Norway's vehicle sales were sales of plug-in vehicles. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) alone collected 42% of the market, according to EV Volumes.

Can mission-driven food companies scale up without selling out?

GreenBiz

Often, businesses struggle to maintain their original values in the name of shareholder demands. What will it take to change that? Food Systems Supply Chain

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Coming To Your Town: New Homes Built To Be EV-Ready

CleanTechnica

Range anxiety, be gone! New codes will usher in an era where all new home construction will be EV-ready. Buildings Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles EV Charging International Code Council Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Passive House principles inspire this sustainable home

Inhabitat - Innovation

Australian architecture firm POLYstudio has recently completed A House for All Seasons, a contemporary family home with an emphasis on energy efficiency.

Bill McKibben Organizing Protests Against Banks That Fund Fossil Fuel Industry

CleanTechnica

In a New York Times opinion piece, Bill McKibben urges readers to stop doing business with banks that fund climate destruction like JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Cool retro boats restored with electric motors

Inhabitat - Innovation

For those planning a summer day on the waterways of Lake Michigan, there's a new ecological option that will help you spend the day boating in sustainable style.

Norway Asserts Lexus “Self-Charging Hybrid” Is A Lie

CleanTechnica

Lexus was basically claiming that the fuel or power for the vehicle was free.

This dynamic parking garage doubles as a public sculpture

Inhabitat - Innovation

In Denmark’s fourth largest city of Aalborg, Copenhagen-based architecture firm Sangberg has designed a deceptively simple parking garage that offers much more than parking spaces.

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National Community Solar Programs Tracker

CleanTechnica

Community solar can happen in any state sharing two key market characteristics: virtual net metering and requirements for utilities to connect distributed solar to the grid (interconnection rules). Community solar program legislation can include both elements.

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Fun, eco-friendly things to do in Portland

Inhabitat - Innovation

Many entrepreneurial folks have started unusual businesses and events, which often surprise and delight visitors. If you’ve always wanted to visit a vegan strip club or watch an adult soapbox derby race, Portland is for you

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Danish EV Sales 2019 — Finally Back On Track After 5 Years Of Standing Still!

CleanTechnica

The 2019 trend that led to record sales of plug-in vehicles is most certainly not going away any time soon: Denmark is jumping on the electric wagon, for real this time.

‘I’ve quit drinking the water’: What it’s like to live next to America’s largest coal plant

Grist

Without Tony Bowdoin’s grandfather, Georgia Power might never have come to the quiet town of Juliette. The central Georgia hamlet, just off the Ocmulgee River and a little over an hour’s drive south of Atlanta, is mostly known as home to some of the state’s best shoal bass fishing.

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US Must Offer Puerto Rico The Funding It Needs To Rebuild Grid, Says Environmental Defense Fund

CleanTechnica

The newest in environmental catastrophes requires decentralized microgrids, says EDF, and that will require US funding. Buildings Grid Microgrids Climate Justice Alliance Environmental Defense Fund Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico rocky mountain institute

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Upcoming Information Sessions for the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Programs

CleanTech Alliance

Source: WA Department of Commerce, Jan 13, 2020 In the Washington Legislature’s 2019 Capital Budget, the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program received funding for two rounds of the Energy Efficiency Grant and one round of the Solar Grant. This program funds projects that save energy and operational cost savings at state public higher education […]. Opportunities

Current Taxi (Get It? Current As In Electrical Current) Is Hiring In Canada

CleanTechnica

There is a taxi company in Canada called Current Taxi. It has an all-electric fleet, or should we say, an all-Tesla fleet. The company is now hiring drivers. One of the perks, of course, is that you get to drive a Tesla.

Three ways asset owners can shift mindsets, incentives and portfolio theory

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha’s What’s Next series, produced in partnership with the Global Impact Investing Network, provides a platform for practitioners and experts to reflect on the future of impact investing. We want to hear from you.

Germany Could Lose 410,000 Auto Industry Jobs By 2030, Claims New Report

CleanTechnica

A study in Germany predicts electric cars could lead to the loss of up to 410,000 jobs in its auto industry. But there's more to the story. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Green Economy Green Jobs German auto industry Germany National Platform For The Future Of Mobility VDA

Infrastructure Fund JLC Buys Up Solar Developer Greenskies

GreenTechMedia

Another community and commercial solar developer goes to an infrastructure fund, with the Monday announcement that U.S.-based based JLC Infrastructure has purchased Connecticut's Greenskies Renewable Energy.

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Renault/Nissan Split Rumors Intensify

CleanTechnica

The rumor mill is working overtime and suggesting Renault and Nissan may soon dissolve their decade-long alliance. If so, will they find other partners. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles carlos ghosn Mitsubishi Nissan renault Renault-Nissan Alliance

European EV Platform Everon Rolls Into US in Partnership With Arcadia

GreenTechMedia

Arcadia, a clean-energy access startup, is helping European electric-vehicle charging platform Everon make its first foray into the United States with a new partnership announced Friday.

CleanTechnica Readers Speak Out About Dismantling Environmental Regulations

CleanTechnica

The results are in from a CleanTechnica survey which chronicled reader concerns over recent weakening of environmental protections. Clean Power CleanTechnica Exclusive Policy & Politics Polls/Surveys Clean Power Act Endangered Species Act Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Brookfield Renewable Bids to Buy Remaining Stake in TerraForm Power

GreenTechMedia

Canada’s Brookfield Renewable Partners on Monday offered to buy out all the shares of yieldco TerraForm Power that it does not already own, potentially adding further heft to what is already one of the world’s largest clean-energy generators.

Rest Right Mattress – Specialists in Sustainable Sleep

Green Business Bureau

Rest Right Mattress is an online retailer that provides the highest quality of adjustable beds, pillows, mattress protectors, and mattresses.

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures Plans New $500M Fund

GreenTechMedia

ABU DHABI — Saudi Aramco’s corporate venture capital arm is preparing to launch a new $500 million fund to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions as well as new oil and gas technologies.

Wallbox’s bidirectional DC home charger turns heads at CES

Charged

Bidirectional charging encompasses several applications that can be collectively referred to as V2x (vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, maybe someday vehicle-to-brain).

What value do batteries bring to California homeowners?

Solar Power World

By Anne Hoskins, CPO, Sunrun Home batteries are changing how people use energy across California. Californians are combining rooftop solar and batteries to take control of their own power needs.

Shrimp farming poses a jumbo risk for investors

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 13 – Quick, do you pick beef or shrimp if you are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions per per kilo? Surprise.

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South Carolina Regulators Pivot From ‘Doomsday’ Solar Rates [GTM Squared]

GreenTechMedia

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Loanpal secures more funding for residential solar loans

Solar Power World

Residential solar loan provider Loanpal announced it has expanded its partnership with Goldman Sachs to finance an additional $200 million in residential solar loans, bringing their total financing commitments to $635 million.

London launches green energy firm to fight climate change, poverty

Eco-Business

Profits will be invested into community projects that help tackle fuel poverty and fight climate change