Methane Madness: 5 Reasons Why Natural Gas Doesn’t Belong in a Clean Electricity Payment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

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Ask a Scientist: As Predicted, Electric Vehicles Are Getting Cleaner

Union of Concerned Scientists

I recently caught up with UCS Senior Engineer David Reichmuth to find out more about his new analysis on electric vehicles and ask his opinion on their short-term and long-term prospects. Uncategorized Ask a Scientist electric vehicles

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Electric Fleets: Improving Efficiency, Sustainability

Earth 911

The post Electric Fleets: Improving Efficiency, Sustainability appeared first on Earth911. Business & Policy EcoTech Electric Vehicles fleetsAs more of us order products to be delivered to our homes, we should be.

To Transform the Electricity System, We Must Transform Electricity Governance

Union of Concerned Scientists

Most people know very little about the institutions that run the electricity grid.

Plug In or Gas Up? Why Driving on Electricity is Better than Gasoline

Union of Concerned Scientists

Electricity power plant emissions data and the latest assessments of fuel emissions and vehicle efficiency show 97 percent of people in the US live where driving an EV would produce fewer emissions than a 50 mpg gasoline car. Transportation electric vehicle EVs

Electric Vehicles are the Future – Yes, Even in Your Neck of the Woods

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation electric vehicles EVs rural communities rural transportationWith work, school, grocery store, and doctor’s offices being further away, rural drivers can save up to twice as much as city-dwelling counterparts by switching to an EV.

Solar Panels and Electric Vehicles: a Match Made in Heaven

Earth 911

Solar energy and electric vehicles (EVs) are a winning combination. If you drive an EV, The post Solar Panels and Electric Vehicles: a Match Made in Heaven appeared first on Earth911. Featured EcoTech charging EV Electric Vehicles Solar Power

Carbon fibres have directional electrical properties

Physics World

The electrical properties of a carbon fibre are very different when measured across its width or along its length, according to a new study by Satoshi Matsuo and Nancy Sottos at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US.

We Need More Electric Vehicles, but Extending Regulatory Incentives for EVs Is a Bad Idea

Union of Concerned Scientists

Strong standards are the best way to accelerate toward an electric future and we need exactly what President Biden called for: “Setting strong, clear targets where we need to go.

DFDS Makes Volvo’s Largest Electric Truck Order

Environmental Leader

Volvo receives largest order of electric trucks to date from shipping company DFDS. The post DFDS Makes Volvo’s Largest Electric Truck Order appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Wooden floors laced with silicon generate electricity from footsteps

New Scientist

Wooden floors impregnated with silicon and metal ions can generate enough electrical power from human footsteps to power light bulbs or other small electrical appliances

Electric Vehicles Combat Climate Change

Global Green

Chris Johnston is co-author of The Arrival of the Electric Car – An Overview of the EV Revolution Happening Now. The fastest way to shift the transportation sector to environmental sustainability is to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).

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The Electric Vehicle Future: Major Climate Opportunity Faces Three Critical Challenges

Law and Environment

Amid renewed national ambitions to tackle climate change, electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a promising way to reduce emissions in the transportation sector, which accounts for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions.

US Electric Vehicle Sales up 329% in May 2021

Environmental Leader

The principle of mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership between technologies is alive and well as electric vehicle (EV) sales and corresponding EV charge infrastructure spur each other on.

Electric Vehicle Adoption Not Happening Fast Enough to Meet Climate Goals

Scientific American

Just 30 percent of cars on the road will be electric by 2050 under current policies, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change Fossil Fuels

EU Vows to Accelerate Renewable Energy as Electricity Costs Soar

Environmental Leader

The post EU Vows to Accelerate Renewable Energy as Electricity Costs Soar appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. With energy costs surging in Europe, impacting industries across the continent, the EU is searching for solutions to the problem.

What Are The Pros and Cons of Electric Cars?

Earthava

Electric cars are slowly dominating roads across the globe. In fact, the International Energy Agency reported that around 3 million new electric cars were registered in 2020, which is a 41% increase from 2019. What Are The Pros and Cons of Electric Cars?

Luminescent nanoparticles identify defects in electrical appliances

Physics World

A new technique that identifies defective components in electrical appliances by determining whether they have overheated could help extend the useful life of electronic devices. Repairing complex electrical devices is time consuming and can be expensive.

Sunderland to be at the centre of UK’s electric vehicle revolution

A Greener Life

The company has unveiled what they call a £1bn electric vehicle (EV) hub which will establish the first EV manufacturing ecosystem in the world. A part of Nissan ’s investment, £423million, will go towards the production of a new-generation all-electric vehicles in the UK.

Electric Vehicle Orders Are Zooming at Ford

Scientific American

Consumers want the racy Mustang Mach-E coupe and the powerful F-150 Lightning pickup truck. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Sustainability Automotive

Chip Shortage Could Slow Electric Vehicle Rollouts

Scientific American

And no one is certain how long the shortage will last. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Technology Transportation

GM Bets Big on Electric Vehicles

Scientific American

The automaker will spend $35 billion through 2025 on batteries, cars, even trains. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Sustainability Tech Automotive Energy

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Johnson & Johnson Achieves 100% Renewable Electricity Across European Operations

Environmental Leader

The post Johnson & Johnson Achieves 100% Renewable Electricity Across European Operations appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Scientists try triggering rain with electricity

Inhabitant

A study examines the use of electric charges to trigger clouds to produce rain

WiFi signals used to power small electrical devices

Physics World

Ambient WiFi signals can be used to power small electrical devices such as LEDs, researchers in Singapore and Japan have shown. Another possible solution is to couple the STOs using radio-frequency electrical signals, which is what Yang and colleagues have done.

California Takes Big Step Towards Clean Electricity, But Not Without Stumbling

Union of Concerned Scientists

Today, the Commission voted to approve a decision requiring the purchase of a massive amount of new clean energy resources in order to bolster grid reliability. Energy California clean energy CPUC grid reliability

IKEA Adds STROMMA Clean Electricity Service For Customers To Bolster Its Climate Positive Agenda

Environmental Leader

IKEA has announced the launch of STROMMA in Sweden, an electricity subscription service that will enable customers to buy affordable, certified electricity from solar and wind, and use an app to track their own electricity usage.

DFDS Makes Volvo’s Largest Electric Truck Order

Environmental Leader

Volvo receives largest order of electric trucks to date from shipping company DFDS. The post DFDS Makes Volvo’s Largest Electric Truck Order appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Zero-emission Transportation Must Be Included in Congressional Priorities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Change Transportation electric school bus electric vehicles EVs transitThe much-hailed bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the Senate, but it doesn’t go far enough to combat the climate crisis in general, or to decarbonize transportation.

So You Want to Buy an EV – What Incentive Can You Get Next Year?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Change budget reconciliation electric vehicles tax creditsWhat incentives can you get next year for buying an EV?

Texas Electricity Users Asked to Conserve; ERCOT Expects No Rolling Blackouts

Environmental Leader

ERCOT asked Texas electricity users to cut back on electricity consumption this week. A significant number of power plants were offline simultaneously on Monday, and as of Wednesday afternoon, about 9,000 megawatts of electricity were still offline, an ERCOT spokesperson said.

PM2.5 and Environmental Justice — and Electric Vehicles– and Tires

Law and Environment

and Environmental Justice — and Electric Vehicles– and Tires first appeared on Law and the Environment. EPA Environmental Justice Cost-Benefit Analysis Climate Change Air NAAQS Particulate Matter "electric vehicles" "Science Advances

?Just 5 Percent of Electric Plants Responsible for 73 percent of Power Sector Emissions

Yale E360

Just 5 percent of all power plants globally — all of them coal-fired — are responsible for 73 percent of electricity-sector carbon emissions, according to a new study that calls for cutting emissions from "hyper-polluting" power plants.

The City One is a compact, community-focused electric car

Inhabitant

This car is small, efficient, eye-catching, tough, and yeah — it’s electric If less is more, then The City One is more car than you’ve ever seen before!

Wave Power Charges Ahead with Static Electricity Generators

Scientific American

An ocean-powered buoy brings technology closer to the dream of obtaining energy from the sea. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Oceans Renewable Energy Technology Energy

Polluted Air in the Garden State: NJ Needs to Clean Up Its Diesel Trucks

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation Advanced Clean Truck Rule clean transportation climate change electric truck New Jersey PM2.5 Transitioning New Jersey’s diesel trucks to zero tailpipe emission vehicles is a crucial step in making the air safer to breathe.

The next step for electric cars is to make them part of the grid

Environmental News Bits

As more people buy EVs, electric systems are challenged by the increase in demand. Read the full story at Fast Company. But there’s also a chance to rethink energy storage. Read more → Energy storage EVs

Electric fields cause square droplets and liquid lattices to appear in oil mixtures

Physics World

The discovery was made by Jaakko Timonen, Nikos Kyriakopoulos and colleagues at Aalto University in Finland, who identified structures including filaments, lattices, and square-shaped droplets, when applying electric fields to thin sheets of different combinations of conductive, polarizable oils.

Tomato fruits send electrical warnings to the rest of the plant when attacked by insects

Frontier Sin

This early evidence shows that pest attacks do trigger defensive electrical and biochemical responses across the plant. They then measured the electrical responses before, during and after the fruits had been attacked by Helicoverpa armigera caterpillars for 24 hours. By K.E.D

Bloomberg, Schneider Electric Outline Steps Needed to Expand Rooftop Solar

Environmental Leader

The post Bloomberg, Schneider Electric Outline Steps Needed to Expand Rooftop Solar appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. The opportunity for such a build out was made possible by rapidly falling solar costs, which fell by 82% between 2010 and 2020.

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