Sales of electrified vehicles stall in U.S.

Sales of electrified vehicles in the United States have slowed dramatically in the past year, causing concern that the emerging technology has lost its charge. A study by online automotive research company suggests a stall in the market for electrically powered cars, led by a decline in hybrids.

Senate calls hearing on energy tax policy

The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing on the “outdated” energy tax code and proposals to reform and improve it. The Sept. 17 hearing will be led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who became chairman of the Finance Committee earlier this year and has committed to comprehensively reforming the entire tax code since he became chairman.

Solar Continues Trumping Fossil Fuel Pricing, With More Innovations To Come

The average solar panel now costs around 75% less than it did just five years ago and continues to fall despite the total decimation of the heavily subsidized US solar manufacturing industry.

GM to offer connected car, automated driving technology in 2016

General Motors Co will introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday. In the same time frame, GM also will introduce more advanced technology allowing hands-free driving in some cases, she said.

Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Innovative Wind Power R&D Projects

The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020.

Hill Returns, Focus Turns To FY2015 Stop-Gap

The House will vote either this week or next on a jobs package with four tax extender bills including a permanent extension of the R&D tax credit and a permanent extension of bonus depreciation legislation.

Global wind innovation rate slows

Totaro & Associates said the global rate of patent filings dipped to 7% in 2012 following an average compound annual growth rate of 47% from 2007 to 2011. A slight decline for 2013 is expected as the recent market downturn has put a damper on research and development spending and expenditure on intellectual property protection, researchers add.

A New American Oil Bonanza

Most of the price of gasoline is determined by the world price of crude, now hovering around $100 a barrel. Turmoil in major producer countries like Iraq and Libya does matter. But the new source of American energy means more supply has been added to global markets -- almost the exact amount that has been taken off the market at times because of unrest in the Middle East and Africa over the last five years.

Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Concentrator That Could Cover Windows, Electronics

This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views. The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared.

U.S. Invests $67 Million to Advanced Nuclear Technology

Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

New Report on Wind Energy Shows Cost Reductions, Innovation

Overall, wind turbine innovation increasingly makes wind energy development across the country a winning proposition. Wind turbine costs and the price for wind energy continues to drop. That’s good news for the south, where wind energy is beginning to make inroads in Alabama, ArkansasGeorgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Innovation, technology can keep electricity humming

The reality is the use of coal to produce electricity has nearly doubled in America since 1970 as our economy (GDP) as more than doubled. During that same period, key emissions per kilowatt hour have decreased by 90 percent.

U.S. energy agency jumps into fusion funding

Creating a fusion reaction that can produce energy requires taking an ionized gas, or plasma, and heating it, compressing it, or both until it reaches hundreds of millions of degrees -- much hotter than the core of the sun. Different types of reactors take different approaches: Tokamaks aim for low plasma densities but long confinement time; laser fusion opts for extremely high density but only for billionths of a second.

DOE to fund $55 million in vehicle efficiency, electric vehicle projects

Nineteen of the projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce plug-in electric vehicle prices to the level of combustion vehicles by 2022.

A US-China 10-year Apollo-like Goal on Climate Change

A China U.S. Apollo-like goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 400 ppm to 350 ppm could be the most efficient way to address one of the principal underlying factors of environmental security, as well as building trust between two of the leading world powers. “Focusing on environmental security is the mostly likely way to build strategic trust between the militaries of the U.S. and China,” says Elizabeth Florescu, Director of Research for the Millennium Project, “and hence, an important strategy for building peace."


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