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.
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,”1 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.”
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.
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. Continue reading SolarCity Poll: What Do Homeowners think about Clean Energy?→