Monday, April 15, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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Fiat 500e Starting At $32,500 (Leasing From $199/Month)

The Fiat 500e is one of the cutest EVs around, imho. Fiat is marketing it as hot and sexy, which it might also be to some customers. Either way, it is a good little EV that could shake things up a bit. It has good range and great fuel economy. I’m a fan. Pricing has just been announced, so let’s get to the details, courtesy EV Obsession: Fiat has finally released the price of the … Read More

Fiat 500e Starting At $32,500 (Leasing From $199/Month) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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New UK Nissan Leaf Has Battery Leasing Option, Over 100 Improvements

Reposted from EV Obsession: Potential Nissan Leaf customers in the UK may be happy to hear that they now have this option. You can now get a Leaf in the UK for as little as £15,990 (after the UK £5,000 plug-in grant), with a monthly battery lease as low as £70. Of course, there are several options. Here are the options (via Nissan): As reported in March, the UK-produced Nissan Leaf includes many improvements over last year’s model (as … Read More

New UK Nissan Leaf Has Battery Leasing Option, Over 100 Improvements was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Electricity Suppliers Look To EVs To Save Their Business Models

This article was first published on RenewEconomy. By Giles Parkinson The twice-yearly meetings of CEOs from the major electricity suppliers in Australia has become something of an institution for the industry leaders. They are for a specifically designed as a private forum to raise issues of concern to the industry. In the past, issues such as renewable energy targets, the carbon price, network upgrades have been the focus of attention. In last month's meeting in … Read More

Electricity Suppliers Look To EVs To Save Their Business Models was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Sweden's Quest To Be The First Oil-Free Nation

This post first appeared on Fuel Freedom By Zana Nesheiwat Famous for Volvo, Ikea and Absolut Vodka, Sweden is now on a new pursuit to become the first completely oil-free economy in the world by 2020. The oil crisis in the early 1970s forced Sweden to embark on a quest for alternative energy sources. Its phasing out of oil has proceeded smoothly; in 1970, oil accounted for 77% of Sweden's energy, but by 2003 that … Read More

Sweden's Quest To Be The First Oil-Free Nation was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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PG&E's Green Option Gives Customers Opportunity To Support Renewable Energy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, announced on Friday last week that they had reached an agreement to enhance its proposed “Green Option” to give electric customers an opportunity to support 100% renewable energy. PG&E provided a revised proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission with agreement from a “diverse group of consumer and other organizations” — including The Utility Reform Network (TURN), Coalition of … Read More

PG&E’s Green Option Gives Customers Opportunity To Support Renewable Energy was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Smart Homes, Smart Cities Markets To Double By 2017

The world’s population is still growing fast, and our cities are absorbing the majority of that growth. Naturally, rapid urbanization comes with a variety of challenges and problems. What we might call a “movement” to address those is the instilling of higher “intelligence” in urban systems and processes. You’ve probably now gathered that this is referred to as the “Smart Cities” movement. “This means digitalization of the present systems, so that they can sense, analyze … Read More

Smart Homes, Smart Cities Markets To Double By 2017 was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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China's Growing Methanol Economy

This post first appeared on RealClearEnergy By Zana Nesheiwat Could methanol be the feasible path towards replacing petroleum-based fuels? Balancing dependence on Middle East oil against increasing fuel demand continues to challenge China in its ongoing urbanization and industrialization. In an effort to adapt to such limitations, China has increased production capacity and consumption of methanol. In less than a decade, methanol use in China's transportation sector grew from virtually zero to replacing nearly 8% … Read More

China's Growing Methanol Economy was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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French Vineyard To Turn Carbon Dioxide Emissions Into Toothpaste

As vineyards around the world face the threat of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, one vineyard in France has planned to do its part to reduce its carbon footprint. The business plan makes perfect sense and is one that should be financially and environmentally sustainable. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux in France is famous for its red wine. The owner of the winery has announced plans to capture the carbon dioxide produced … Read More

French Vineyard To Turn Carbon Dioxide Emissions Into Toothpaste was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Conventional Car Repair Costs Increased, While Hybrids Saw A Decrease

Automobiles have become more complex as manufacturers attempt to squeeze more power and greater efficiency out of their engines, and also as they increase the number of power features and other fancy electronics. The repair expenditure for typical gasoline and diesel vehicles in the US increased by 11.6% Northeastern United States, and 10% for the rest of the country. On the other hand, the cost of repairing hybrid-electric vehicles has actually decreased. The study was … Read More

Conventional Car Repair Costs Increased, While Hybrids Saw A Decrease was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Largest Wind Farm In Southern Hemisphere Opens Down Under

The 420 megawatt Macarthur wind farm was opened in the state of Victoria on Friday. It is the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere and its 3 megawatt Vestas turbines are the largest in Australia. The Mcarthur Wind Farm is actually the first project to use Vestas’ V112-3.0 MW wind turbines. The project’s expected operating capacity is 35% and its cost was almost exactly one billion dollars. One billion dollars may sound like a … Read More

Largest Wind Farm In Southern Hemisphere Opens Down Under was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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