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.
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.
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.
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.
“Embrace of Renewables Has a Hidden Cost,” by Eduardo Porter (Economic Scene column, July 20), perpetuates the myth that nuclear and renewable energy are competitors. In reality, cheap natural gas is causing nuclear’s woes because fossil fuel power plants set prices in electricity markets, not wind or nuclear. Cheap fossil fuels have a 500 times larger effect than wind on setting the prices received by nuclear plants, according to the country’s largest electricity market monitor. Mr. Porter does note: “The economics of nuclear energy are mostly to blame. It just cannot compete with cheap natural gas.” But he still blames renewables.
In the face of questions about debt, widening losses, governance and strategic logic, Tesla Motors and SolarCity announced a $2.6 billion stock merger on Monday. Now, it is up to Elon Musk to persuade the shareholders of the two companies — he founded both — that the deal makes sense. The transaction requires the approval this year of a majority of shareholders from both Tesla and SolarCity, excluding Mr. Musk and other insiders.
The Massachusetts Legislature late Sunday night sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise energy bill that, while less broad than some senators had hoped, would require the state to purchase significantly more energy from offshore wind and other renewable sources. “I don’t think that where we ended up is nearly as strong as where the Senate was,” said State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, Senate chairman of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. “But both the administration and the House had a far narrower view, and that made for a rather difficult negotiation.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander today urged U.S. EPA to scrap a proposed voluntary program to award states for “zero-emitting” renewable energy projects, including wind, under the Clean Power Plan. The Tennessee Republican, who has waged war against federal support for wind energy, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to express serious concern about the Clean Energy Incentive Program that the agency proposed earlier this summer
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said yesterday he had hope for solar energy, but not yet and not at the expense of natural gas and coal.The billionaire reality television star also derided wind power as a bird-killing eyesore during a campaign stop in Harrisburg, Pa. “Everything has its place. Solar absolutely has its place. I think solar is going to be good as time goes by, but right now they have not perfected it,” Trump said.
Donald Trump bashed renewable energy sources Monday night, saying solar power doesn’t work well and wind turbines kill birds. The GOP presidential nominee has stated his preference for coal and natural gas, and has previously said that solar power is unreliable and wind turbines are unsightly and harmful to wildlife.