Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks a World Record for Range—1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

Over the past several years, utilities and public power producers have increasingly diversified their portfolios for a variety of strategic reasons in a dynamic that echoes the U.S. government’s own “All of the Above” energy strategy. Diversity in generation sources can enhance energy security, reliability and consumer protection, and it can improve the environmental profile of the fleet. 

As part of the effort to diversify, many power companies have developed solar projects or have purchased solar-generated power, or both. As a rule, power companies plan on a 20-year cycle and depend on predictable cost structures, particularly for their solar projects.

The strategic assessments of renewable projects are

Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks a World Record for Range—1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

If you think Tesla’s 300-plus-mile battery range for its electric cars is a big deal, here’s a new world record that triples that figure.

On Tuesday, electric-bus startup Proterra announced a world record by test driving an electric bus for a whopping 1,100 miles on a single charge. The previous world record for electric vehicle range was 632 miles for an electric bus and 1,013 for an electric car.

The milestone shows how battery-powered autos are quickly developing into a competitive form of transportation, even compared to gasoline vehicles.

Researchers at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict that electric cars will be cheaper to

Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks a World Record for Range—1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

A bold idea to make low-carbon transport more accessible just hit a major milestone.

On Tuesday afternoon, startup Gogoro­ -- which makes electric scooters and builds battery-swapping networks to charge them­ -- announced that it has raised $300 million from a group of investors including Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management. Gogoro previously raised $182 million in two rounds, bringing its total funds raised to nearly $500 million.

Gogoro founder and CEO Horace Luke told GTM the funds were raised at a post-money valuation of slightly over $800 million, making Gogoro “not yet a unicorn,” he said. 

In addition to Generation, other investors

Sub-Saharan African utilities are caught in a complicated interplay between centralized grid-extension costs and the decentralized off-grid generation boom. Liberalizing their electricity markets may be a partial solution.

While high demand growth and the need for investment drove dramatic electricity sector reform in low- and middle-income countries in the 1990s and early 2000s, Power for All and GTM Research find that 71 percent of sub-Saharan African countries currently rely on vertically-integrated utility structures, although the proportion is steadily declining.

Source: Power for All, GTM Research (Key: Light Blue: Privatized, Medium Blue: Mix of Public and Private Ownership, Dark Blue: Public Ownership

Electricity market liberalization means

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative just took a wrong turn, according to solar groups. 

Last week, the New York Public Service Commission approved an order for setting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources, or VDER -- the complex metric that the state wants to use to replace net metering for larger-scale community solar projects in the short term, and eventually, for all distributed energy resources across the grid. 

But last week’s order is drawing fire from solar groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Solar Energy Industries Association, Vote Solar and the Acadia Center. According the NRDC, the

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Solar developers are putting projects on hold as the threat of new import tariffs drives up PV module prices
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Just six months ago there were plenty of inexpensive solar panels to be had, but solar developers now report a dwindling supply and higher prices as the market reacts to the possibility of new U.S. tariffs on imported photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) modules.

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Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks a World Record for Range—1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

One of the hottest emerging technologies is blockchain. It’s the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin work, but the potential applications are far larger than cryptocurrency.

Blockchain is a distributed ledger. Instead of a single database or organization holding transaction records (or other data), the records are available to millions of computers anonymously. Through massive distribution of these records, a nearly tamperproof data record is created. (Harvard Business Review recently published a good overview of the technology.)

Currently, the primary applications for blockchain are in the financial industry, where it has the clearest value proposition.

Don Tapscott, author of Blockchain Revolution,

Alphabet Remains Committed to Makani Wind, Says Startup

As car manufacturers scramble for dominance in the competitive electric-vehicle market as more governments commit to fuel economy targets and fossil fuel car bans, Nissan and its partner Renault indicate they won’t willingly cede their early lead to younger companies grabbing attention in the EV space.

The Nissan-Renault Alliance unveiled its newest Leaf earlier this month, featuring a 40 percent range increase and vehicle-to-grid capability. Then on Friday, the Alliance touted a new corporate strategy that includes producing 12 new all-electric cars over the next five years.

“The big guys are going to have a big advantage in this situation,” Carlos Ghosn,

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