The ECOreport looks at a new International Energy Agency Report, the future of trucking in a low carbon world
By Roy L Hales
Trucks consume a fifth of the world’s oil. They also use half of the diesel. Unless actions are taken, the demand from road freight is expected to grow 40% by 2050. A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) examines trucking in a low carbon future.
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The ECOreport looks into why the largest EV Charging Program in North America could have a chilling effect on utilities considering investments into this sector
By Roy L Hales
On February 9, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) brought forward a proposal to install more than 25,000 EV charging stations within their territory. Readily embraced by environmentalists, the project faced opposition from ratepayers (questioning the value of this investment) and other electric service providers (who did not relish direct competition from a utility). Last October PGE reached a settlement with ten interested parties that reduced the project to almost a third of its’original size. Pointing out that “No proposal is supported by all parties, and no party supports all of the proposals made,” a California Utilities Comission (CPUC) judge brought forward a new proposed decision of his own. Only according to Tom Ashley, Greenlots’ head of government relations, the proposed terms for what is still the largest EV Charging program in North America “could have a chilling effect on utility investment in EV infrastructure.”
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The ECOreport looks at a new paper predicting that alternate fuels will power 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030
By Roy L Hales
We already possess sufficient clean alternatives to take over from most fossil fuels. Only, the world’s economies are market driven. Clean technologies need to be competitively priced before mass adoption is possible. Some argue this will change as the true cost of fossil fuels becomes more evident. A new Lux Research report uses a more conservative approach, when it predicts alternate fuels will power of the 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030.
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The ECOreport reposts a critique coming from UC Davis, SFU and Navius Research: Alternative Fuels Need More Than Hype To Make A Difference
Originally Posted on UC Davis News
By Kat Kerlin
Hype followed by disappointment: That’s been the general pattern over the past few decades when an alternative fuel is presented to the public. It’s a fuel du jour phenomenon, from methanol to hydrogen, where government leaders and the media hype a new fuel, only to abandon it when lofty expectations are not met.
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From BC Sustainable Energy Association
By Guy Dauncey
Last week I started to explore the possibility that British Columbia could become a 100% renewable energy region, as 140 regions in Germany are planning to become.
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Imagine waking up one day and looking up at those gas station signs, they all say 19.5 cents a litre … and it’s not a dream!
From the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association
Vancouver, BC – July 16, 2014 Gas prices in Metro Vancouver have recently hit new highs at $1.55 per litre. The equivalent “per litre” rate for electric cars using residential electricity in BC is under $0.20 per litre. That means driving today with 1977 gas prices!
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Editor’s Note: J-M Toriel, of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association contributed the images for this article and, after reading it, had some additional thoughts which you will find below this article.
By Ingo Overmann
Ozzie Zehner is a visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley, and worked with GM on the Development of their EV1 cars. From being a staunch proponent of electric vehicles, after more than a decade of study, he’s changed his mind and authored a book named ‘Green Illusions’ and a 2013 article ‘Unclean at any Speed ‘ on his blog.
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By Roy L Hales
In January SolarCity and Clean Edge commissioned Zogby Analytics to poll US homeowners about Clean Energy. There were questions about products, services, electric utilities, third-party energy service providers, and consumer choice. The vast majority (88%) stated that renewable energy was important for America’s future. This opinion was shared by all political persuasions: Democrats (93%), Republicans (87%), Independents (83%). CEO Lyndon Rive, of SolarCity, and Managing Director Ron Pernick, of Clean Edge, introduced the media to the data.
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