California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel

Enlarge / Detail of the plug of an electric car being charged (credit: Getty Images) On Friday, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it would tighten restrictions on transportation fuels in the state in the hopes of spurring adoption of electric, hydrogen, and biofuel-based cars, trucks, buses, and even planes. Since 2011, CARB has […]

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster) The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017. That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch […]

CA Gov. says 100% clean electricity not enough, state must go carbon neutral

(credit: Reyner Media / Flickr) On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating that the state’s utilities move to 100-percent zero-emission electricity generation by 2045. Brown also issued an executive order today requiring the state to become carbon neutral by 2045, that is, mandating that the state remove as much greenhouse gas from […]

North Korea is so short on money it’s selling its much-needed electricity to China

ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images China is buying electricity from North Korea and will reportedly pay between $ 60,000 and $ 100,000 a month. North Korea has persistent power shortages and much of the country plunges into darkness at nighttime. Selling its much-needed electricity indicates sanctions are hurting North Korea’s cash reserves. Despite persistent power shortages, North […]

Iceland may use more electricity to mine bitcoins than it does to power all of its houses this year

Iceland will likely use more electricity in the next year to mine bitcoin than it uses to power every single home in the country.  Bitcoin mining is booming in Iceland, and energy providers are worried they won’t be able to power new mining companies. Iceland’s cool weather, cheap energy and super-fast networks have made the country […]

Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable in 2017

Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year… although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity (15.8GW out of 16.7GW) added in 2017. However, that’s […]

Gigawatts of planned natural gas plants despite low electricity prices

Enlarge / SMITH TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 25: A view from private farmland shows a natural gas cryogenic processing plant under construction October 25, 2017 in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. The cryogenic plant is owned by Energy Transfer Partners, ETP, one of the nation’s largest natural gas and propane companies. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty […]

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid costs $26,000, goes 29 miles on electricity

The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and Ioniq Electric were two of the more pleasant surprises of 2017. Besides their lofty fuel economy and useful electric range, respectively, they boasted reasonable pricing, a useful interior and shockingly buttoned down handling. They could almost be deemed fun to drive. Yet, there was a missing member of the family […]

Companies will use AI to stamp out electricity theft

Switching to efficient artificial intelligence systems has already saved Google a ton of money on its energy bills. And, it seems machine learning may also pose monetary benefits (of a different kind) for electricity providers. With power theft costing the industry roughly $ 96 billion in losses per year, companies could start looking to AI […]