An illuminating press release from SWITCH® Lighting has announced that its first-of-a-kind SWITCH3-Way and SWITCH100 are ready to ship. Shipping is available starting next week, the beginning of May. These lights are so cool – they are like small glass sculptures. However, they are quite utilitarian and low-energy, modern sources of beauty and light without strain on our environment. As such, the 100-watt (SWITCH100) and 3-way equivalents (SWITCH3-Way) come from an award-winning product line. These true … Read More
This article originally appeared on EV Obsession. This has been an incredible year at the Shanghai Motor Show, and Porsche has made the spotlight with the debut of its 2014 Porshe Panamera S E-Hybrid, the new plug-in hybrid offering from the German automaker. If the Panamera S E-Hybrid wasn’t enough for a Porsche enthusiast, the company also revealed two luxurious Executive versions — the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo — that feature an extended wheelbase and a completely new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 … Read More
This article originally appeared on EV Obsession. Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have now officially launched the NYC Nissan Leaf pilot program, setting the 6 Leaf taxis loose on Earth Day. “This is at least the second public taxi test of the Nissan Leaf,” Nicholas notes over on sister site Gas2. Of course, the issue with taxis is that they can be in constant use, so quick-charging technology may be needed in some situations (in order to … Read More
The Energy Ministry of Russia has submitted a draft law to Dmitri Medvedev that is intended to support the deployment of renewable energy sources, including solar power, wind power, and hydroelectric power. Russia failed to meet its 2010 renewable energy target, which was to obtain 1.5% of the country’s electricity demand from renewable power plants. (In 2011, it had yet to reach 1%.) There are currently no details available about tariffs for specific technologies. Notably, however, … Read More
This article originally appeared on Think Progress. By Ryan Koronowski In a contentious hearing yesterday, the House GOP members of the House Oversight Committee aggressively questioned Fisker Automotive executives and an Energy Department staffer about a loan Fisker received from the Energy Department. The attacks were reminiscent of those made in hearings on Solyndra and were more of a reflection of the committee's hyperpartisan agenda than any real oversight duty. It also suggested some hypocrisy as GOP lawmakers attacked the … Read More
This article originally appeared on Think Progress. By Aviva Shen Ohio is one of many states trying to scale back energy efficiency standards set for utility providers — even though these standards have lowered costs and reduced energy consumption by customers, according to the Ohio Manufacturers' Association. OMA, the state's largest manufacturing trade group, is fighting against Republican-led efforts to weaken the laws that require utilities providers help customers use less electricity. The laws set a deadline of 2025 for electric utilities to … Read More
This article originally appeared on EV Obsession. Here’s an interesting announcement from Shanghai, but partly from a US EV company. Like with CODA, the effort seems to target delivering a relatively cheap and “somewhat made in America” all-electric car. But the question is whether or not it will be able to compete with the very low-cost Nissan Leaf and the hotter than hot Tesla brand (which plans to unroll an affordable EV within a few … Read More
Could divestment, the same movement that brought down Apartheid, be the key to ending America's fossil fuel addiction and preventing the next great financial crisis? Activists at more than 400 colleges, cities and states, and religious institutions think the answer is yes - and San Francisco may have given the fossil fuel divestment campaign its biggest win to date.