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L.A. Consequential

A record renewable energy proposal would have major ramifications for the city The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation’s largest utility provider, is pushing for an unprecedented proposal that would combine solar power and energy storage for the city’s utilities. The project would deploy 400 MW of solar energy at 1.997 […]

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Can CPP Rollback Bring Coal Back?

EPA officially nixes CPP…and other news in utilities, renewable energy The Environmental Protection Agency, a branch designed to protect the natural human and animal habitats of Earth, has completed one of the more controversial moves in its history. The EPA finalized the rollback of the Clean Power Plan on June 19th. In replacement, the agency […]

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Business Briefs Galore

Boeing/GE/Amazon deal, Schneider Electric, PG&E’s future, and more So a struggling industrial giant, a 747, and Jeff Bezos all walk in to a bar… I tend to agree with Al Root’s assessment of this mega-deal. It sounds like a cheesy joke, and it could only happen in Paris. General Electric, Boeing, and Amazon struck a […]

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Insert ‘Top Gun’ Reference Here

Electric flight training program, other aviation news in growing sector One half of the Solar Impulse team that was first to circumnavigate the globe in an electric/solar-powered airplane in 2016, Andre Borschberg is a renowned aviator. His current project, H55, is a training-based program that debuts this Friday in Switzerland. A press conference unveiling the […]

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KidWind Challenge 2019

280+ U.S. students put their handcrafted wind turbines to the test at AWEA Being one of the best in the nation was the goal each of the 58 middle school teams and 24 high school teams set out to achieve while competing at the 2019 National KidWind Challenge in Houston May 21-23 as part of […]

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Electrothermal Storage

SGRE unveils new method & system for storage up to 130 MW/h for a week Siemens‘ renewable energy offshoot, Siemens Gamesa, introduced its latest in energy storage tech last week: an electrothermal system said to be capable of storing up to 130 megawatt-hours of electricity for the duration of one week by utilizing volcanic rock. […]

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Right in Your Wheelhouse

The company formerly known as Saab is making waves in the EV market National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company borne from the ashes of the late, great Saab (we miss you), is establishing a foothold in the electric vehicle market by acquiring a developer of in-wheel motor technology, Protean Electric. In-wheel technology involves using […]

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WEG, Airborne

Brazilian parent company teaming up with airplane maker Brazilian electric engineering company WEG SA—parent company of the Duluth, Ga., motor manufacturer WEG Electric Corp.—announced May 28 it had signed an agreement with Brazil’s airliner company Embraer to develop new technology for electrical propulsion systems for aircraft. WEG said in a statement that the first test […]

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Agriculture Bill

Trump administration delivers $16 billion “bailout” to farmers We could take credit…but it wouldn’t be very convincing. Plenty of U.S. citizens anticipated some form of reaction from President Trump after weeks of vocal criticism of his administration and Congress had amplified from the agricultural sector. You certainly didn’t have to be a journalist to predict […]

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Mayday in the U.K.

Prime Minister resigns as Brexit tumult looms British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned last Friday, punctuating a difficult tenure of almost three years. May’s time in office was marked by constant opposition to her stance on—and attempts to prevent—Britain’s impending exit from the European Union. The 62 year-old Parliament veteran was met with vehement backlash […]

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