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August 4, 2016

Enviros hail ‘a landmark moment’ for Mass. clean energy

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-04 06:48:39

Clean energy advocates yesterday hailed Massachusetts’ adoption of the nation’s most ambitious offshore wind energy law, one requiring utilities to contract for 1,600 megawatts of power from offshore turbines by 2027. “The Massachusetts Legislature hit a home run tonight,” Catherine Bowes, senior manager for climate and energy at National Wildlife Federation’s Northeast Regional Center, said in a statement following the Sunday passage of the long-negotiated energy measure, which also calls for significant increases in Canadian hydropower imports. [ read more … ]

Calif. issues first-in-U.S. compliance plan

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-04 06:49:28

California’s landmark cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions and proposed amendments to extend that system will be used to comply with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the state said yesterday. The Golden State is the first in the country to publish a draft blueprint for fulfilling the federal agency’s mandate, aimed at cutting existing power plant emissions, said Stanley Young, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board. [ read more … ]

Can America’s first floating wind farm shake off environmental concerns?

By Matt Weiser, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-08-04 06:51:24

The deep waters off the coast of California could become home to the country’s largest offshore wind energy project and a test case for a technology that is still in its infancy. The 765-megawatt project, proposed by Seattle-based Trident Winds, would sit about 25 miles off California’s central coast, near the town of Cambria. If built, it will be larger than the 630-megawatt London Array off the coast of Kent, – the world’s largest working offshore wind farm that began operating in 2013. [ read more … ]

How Kansas City became the EV mecca of the Midwest

Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-04 06:50:35

Graham Goodman, a 33-year-old chemist, bought a used all-electric Nissan Leaf last fall in preparation for a tightening budget and growing family. In May, he stepped out of the hospital where he had just visited his wife and newborn to unplug his car from its charging station and go home. “I’m a former Marine, so it also feels like this tiny patriotic act I can do,” said Goodman, pointing to the U.S. Marine Corps eagle sticker on the back of the car. His Missouri license plate: PLUGD-N. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s Big Loss Reflects Its Costly Ambitions

By BILL VLASIC, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-04 06:50:55

Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that its losses deepened in the second quarter, but the electric-car maker pledged to expand production and improve the profitability of its vehicles. The company said it lost $293.2 million in the quarter, on revenue of $1.27 billion. The loss was only slightly more than in the first quarter, but it greatly exceeded analyst forecasts and raised the pressure on Tesla to improve its factory output. [ read more … ]

Mercedes Debuts World’s First Fully Electric Big Rig

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch  •    •  Posted 2016-08-04 06:50:05

The new Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck has an electrically driven rear axle and is powered by three lithium-ion battery modules. The zero-emission vehicle has an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles). Although the range is on the low side, the model here is still a prototype. And, as Engadget pointed out, the “Urban” prefix implies that it’s meant for use in the cities instead of, say, cross-country hauls. [ read more … ]

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