RMI analysts rip apart a new critical report of electric cars.

In a recent report and Politico op-ed, Jonathan Lesser of the Manhattan Institute purports to demonstrate that replacing internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) with zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) will increase air pollution while having a negligible effect on climate change.

This has sparked controversy by many within the electric vehicle industry — and the energy industry more broadly — because the research is demonstrably false.

Conclusions are reached through misrepresentation and reliance on projections that are known to be consistently inaccurate. The same poor methods are applied to the economics of electric vehicles (EVs) and to questions about the profitability of, and public investment in, EV charging infrastructure.

Can you dictate your country's energy policy in one tweet?

Elon Musk recently laid out his plan for a government on Mars in one tweet: “Direct democracy by the people. Laws must be short, as there is trickery in length. Automatic expiration of rules to prevent death by bureaucracy. Any rule can be removed by 40% of people to overcome inertia. Freedom.”

That got us thinking. Could we craft an ideal U.S. energy policy in less than 280 characters? On this week’s podcast, take up the challenge.

Stephen and Shayle will lay out their overall approach and then argue each specific policy.

Stephen’s policy: "Price climate pollution and send the money

RMI analysts rip apart a new critical report of electric cars.

In a recent report and Politico op-ed, Jonathan Lesser of the Manhattan Institute purports to demonstrate that replacing internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) with zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) will increase air pollution while having a negligible effect on climate change.

This has sparked controversy by many within the electric vehicle industry — and the energy industry more broadly — because the research is demonstrably false.

Conclusions are reached through misrepresentation and reliance on projections that are known to be consistently inaccurate. The same poor methods are applied to the economics of electric vehicles (EVs) and to questions about the profitability of, and public investment in, EV charging infrastructure.

Can you dictate your country's energy policy in one tweet?

Elon Musk recently laid out his plan for a government on Mars in one tweet: “Direct democracy by the people. Laws must be short, as there is trickery in length. Automatic expiration of rules to prevent death by bureaucracy. Any rule can be removed by 40% of people to overcome inertia. Freedom.”

That got us thinking. Could we craft an ideal U.S. energy policy in less than 280 characters? On this week’s podcast, we take up the challenge.

Stephen and Shayle will lay out their overall approach and then argue each specific policy.

Stephen’s policy: "Price climate pollution and send the

The Future of Solar Commissioning

Few solar companies understand the importance of fast and efficient project commissioning as well as First Solar.

With a total of 17 gigawatts of projects installed across the globe, First Solar has experienced both easy and bumpy commissioning processes. Through all of that first-hand experience, First Solar has identified a handful of ways in which the speed of commissioning has the potential to impact the all-important economics of a project.

When done right, faster commissioning can translate into labor cost savings, particularly in states like California where union workers are relatively expensive. Rapid commissioning can also mean that revenues from the generation of electricity begin sooner rather

Reports indicate major wait times for the Powerwall and Solar Roof.

Tesla is facing blowback after numerous reports of delayed solar and energy storage installations.

The company was excoriated in a recent Business Insider story for failing to meet delivery timelines for the solar roof and Powerwall home battery product. Several current and former Tesla salespeople quoted in the article said that customers are facing long and uncertain wait times, while the company instructed some employees to avoid fielding solar roof inquiries due its limited availability. 

Last week's USA Today article was a bit more sanguine, but still observed "slow production rates have meant too few Powerwalls are available for customers interested in the three-year-old product."

LO3 announces a new partnership to standardize data in energy blockchain.

Two major blockchain players announced a joint project Tuesday to standardize data in the industry, signaling startups are looking at ways to support sustainable growth.  

LO3 Energy announced its local energy transaction platform, Exergy, will now be an affiliate of the non-profit Energy Web Foundation (EWF), which advocates for blockchain technology in energy applications. Together they’ll work on standardizing data for use in EWF’s blockchain, which is designed specifically for the energy industry.

Lawrence Orsini, LO3's CEO, said creating a data standard for transacting energy across projects and users is key to meeting blockchain's potential. 

“Not having the data at the scale we’re talking

Facing privatization, PREPA loses nearly all its board members.

The drama continues inside Puerto Rico's embattled utility.

Controversy over a new CEO caused a political shakeup within the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority last week, just as the utility pursues a restructuring plan.

A day after getting approved as the new CEO of PREPA, Raphael Díaz-Granado came under fire for a $750,000 compensation package. He was pushed out by Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Five of the utility's seven board members followed. 

The shakeup left Governor Rosselló with more power. He chose two new board members for PREPA in order to create a quorum. In a statement, PREPA said the newly-formed board would choose a different

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