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Michael Kowalczuk

December 26, 2016

In case you’ve never heard of them, Acciona is a Madrid-based energy conglomerate with a focus on infrastructure projects and a commitment to green energy sources.

They announced today that they will be competing in the Dakar 2017 for the third year in a row with the message that “we believe 100% in the potential of renewable energy,” according to a post on their Facebook page. The company is excited that their vehicle, which they have named 100% EcoPowered, is “the only vehicle in the competition that will not consume a single drop of fossil fuel.”

The company will be represented in the annual race’s 39th edition by Argentine driver Ariel Jatón. expand full story

December 23, 2016

Dubai to build Persian Gulf’s first hydroelectric plant, 880 million gallon ‘battery’

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Tuesday that it plans to build a hydroelectric power plant in Hatta, Dubai. The plant will not only be the nation’s first hydro electric plant, but also the region’s first. The organization also announced that they have other green energy programs in the works.

It’s been a busy week for solar in two of the country’s sunniest states, for better or worse.

In a unanimous 3-0 vote, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada decided yesterday to restore retail rate net metering to customers of the Sierra Pacific Power company.

At the same time, Arizona Corporation Commission voted to abolish net metering in favor of a lower so-called “export rate.”  expand full story

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Love it or hate it, wireless charging has been around for years. While stereotypically the technology comes with enough convenience issues to make most users question its superiority to traditional chorded tech, like any contemporary invention it has steadily improved over the past few years.

Earlier this week, a partnership was announced between Boston-area startup WiTricity and General Motors (GM), with the goal of developing wireless charging pads for electric vehicles. expand full story

December 22, 2016

Utah, Colorado, and Nevada are three of the nation’s leading examples when it comes to EV ownership. Each is host to a number of charging stations and Colorado even offers a stipend to potential EV owners when shopping for a vehicle; in fact, it’s one of the most generous states in the nation in that regard.

Those states’ governors announced on Monday that they will be teaming up on a new initiative to create an EV charging network, making travel for EV owners easier than ever. expand full story

A bill passed in Michigan in 2015 is about to kick in, making being a vehicle owner in the state more expensive than ever. The bill, which is part of a road-funding package proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, will see cost increases across various facets of vehicle ownership, from annual registration fees to gas prices.

Those projected to be the hardest hit are people who own multiple vehicles and those who own fuel-inefficient vehicles, but while this may seem like good news to green vehicle owners, the bill is also introducing a surcharge on electric and hybrid vehicles for as much as $235… expand full story

December 13, 2016

After seven years of development and more than a year of construction, energy development group DeepwaterWind announced that the United States’ very first offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, is fully operational, and is now supplying electricity to the New England region’s power grid. The activation of the wind farm marks the first time that Block Island will be connected to New England’s power grid, and the first time the island will have access to clean, renewable energy.

The Block Island Wind Farm, which consists of five 6-megawatt wind turbines, is located 3.8 miles offshore and is expected to produce a total of 125,000 megawatt hours annually. Though small compared to European projects, the wind farm represents an important milestone both for DeepwaterWind and for the US in general.

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December 6, 2016

In a post to his Dealbook column in the New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin says, “Want to Bring Back Jobs, Mr. President-Elect? Call Elon Musk.” That’s something that seems beyond obvious to anyone paying attention: after all, Musk started the United States’ first viable automobile company in a century, is opening up the biggest battery plants and solar plants the world has ever seen, and is working on manned flights to Mars… expand full story

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