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Tesla has increased the price of Powerwall, its home battery pack, again – the second time in just a few months. Tesla Powerwall Demand is Crazy Back in 2015, Tesla decided to use its expertise in making battery packs for electric vehicles to produce energy storage devices for homes and businesses by launching the Powerwall
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The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, a group composed of more than 1,800 current, retired, and former employees of the National Park Service (NPS), is calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to fight the climate crisis and protect national parks and public lands.  And the Coalition calls for an NPS director, because under the
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January 15th, 2021 by U.S. Department of Energy  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million for environmental research to support U.S. offshore wind development. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support regionally-focused, coordinated research efforts to increase understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind, as well as projects that advance
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January 14th, 2021 by NRDC  Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog.by Robert Harding & Rebecca Behrens To stave off the worst effects of the climate crisis, we must urgently transition from polluting fossil fuels to emissions-free energy. The large-scale deployment of renewable energy to replace polluting power plants and rapid electrification of our buildings, vehicles and industries
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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Capsaicin, which makes chilli peppers hot, has an energy-boosting effect on solar panels. Coal-dependent Poland passes an Offshore Wind Act. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to
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The Volkswagen Group, through its main brands, has increased electric car sales by over 200% in 2020. VW Group’s EV sales 2020 was a turning point in the Volkswagen Group’s electrification effort with sales of all-electric vehicles increasing by 214%, dwarfing plug-in hybrid sales. VW sold 231,600 all-electric vehicles in 2020. Dr. Christian Dahlheim, head
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January 12th, 2021 by U.S. Energy Information Administration  Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, October 2020 According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest inventory of electric generators, 9.1 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity is scheduled to retire in 2021. Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total capacity
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Tesla is again expanding Gigafactory Shanghai with new buildings coming up on the eastern side. The automaker is also looking to add a design director to its Chinese team ahead of the new planned $25,000 electric car. Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai Gigafactory Shanghai was a big success story for Tesla in 2020. After quickly managing to
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January 10th, 2021 by Jennifer Sensiba  Irish researchers recently figured out where a lot more rare earth minerals could be found, which could make a big difference for renewable energy technologies. Why Rare Earth Elements Matter Rare earth minerals are a big part of today’s renewable energy technologies. Metals like ytterbium, scandium, and neodynium are
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January 10th, 2021 by Jennifer Sensiba  Image: Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica If 2021 were given to all of us on a 7-day trial, most of us wouldn’t have kept the subscription. Violence, political strife, and worse have given all but Trump’s most loyal supporters a bad taste in their mouths. I know he didn’t want to
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January 9th, 2021 by U.S. Department of Energy  Intersections Between Wind Energy and Wildlife Set Up Opportunities for Coexistence As wind energy continues to supply more power to the electric grid, development of cost-effective solutions to detect and deter wildlife from wind energy facilities grows with increasing importance. Wildlife impacts can extend permitting timelines, add
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