June 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Portland General Electric, rocked by deep opposition to new fossil-fuel infrastructure earlier this year, is now embracing the public as an ally as it pushes for more renewables. The utility said a big new investment in renewables reflects in part local reaction to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. [Portland Business Journal]
Biglow wind farm and Mount Hood

Biglow wind farm and Mount Hood

  • The Vermont Legislature is supporting the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the pact. After some Republicans in the House complained the resolution could commit the state to pay for climate funding, that body passed it in amended form. [Rutland Herald]
  • The DOE was to release a report detailing how renewables affect the US electric grid, but delayed its release until July. The project is led by a recent DOE appointee who authored a report in 2015, for a group heavily subsidized by fossil fuels, that declared clean energy to be a greater threat to grid reliability than terrorism or cyber attacks. [Texas Monthly]
  • Technology giant IBM says it has achieved two major commitments four years ahead of schedule in its efforts to help combat climate change. One of the goals it met is to have 20% renewables in its energy mix for the year 2020. The other is a 35% reduction in carbon emissions it planned to have by the same year. [North American Windpower]
  • French energy minister confirmed that there will be no new permits issued for oil and gas exploration on the mainland or in French held territories. He had earlier made a statement to reporters that France plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility, EDF to reduce nuclear’s share in the country’s power mix. [Digital Journal]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

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Indian Railways to install rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working fastidiously to transition the economy into a more sustainable one. Indian Railways, for instance, seeks to install flexible solar panels and batteries to power fans and lights on 250 local trains. The intention is to reduce fuel costs and benefit the environment while lowering the company’s own emissions to meet government standards.

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The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology

We’re just a few months away from the debut of the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf, but Nissan has decided to start letting some of the details out now. The biggest news besides a complete restyling and longer driving range, is that the 2018 Leaf will be offered with Nissan’s new ProPILOT Assist autonomous technology.

The ProPILOT Assist technology will give drivers the ability to let the Nissan Leaf take over the driving tasks on the highway, which includes accelerating, braking and steering controls….

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Waterstudio’s floating sea wall harvests blue energy from crashing water

Hundreds of world leaders are gathered in Paris to hash out a deal to save the planet from future climate change, but in the meantime, Koen Olthuis and the rest of the Waterstudio crew are working on solutions that we can use today. The Blue energy floating sea wall is a floating breakwater that doubles as an energy generator. Called The Parthenon, the floating breakwater not only stems the crash of water pushing into a harbor, but harvests the tremendous energy a wall of water like that can generate.

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Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel. Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a more viable option. Researchers from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil were able to edit the genes of an algae strain so it’s able to produce twice the lipids of its parent. Those lipids can then be turned into biofuel Synthetic Genomics says isn’t that different from diesel we use today.

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Eviation Aircraft unveils all-electric aircraft with 600-mile range

Though flying via airplane is a fast and fun way to travel, it is one of the least environmentally-friendly methods to do so. That may soon change, however, as Eviation Aircraft (a member of NASA’s on-demand mobility program) recently unveiled the first prototype of an all-electric aircraft that has a range of up to 600 miles (965 km). Presented at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, the prototype will be ready to move into certification and commercialization as soon as next year.

CEO…

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