U.S. Electricity Consumption from Light-Duty Vehicles Likely Surpassed Rail in 2023

Credit to Author: US Energy Information Administration| Date: Mon, 20 May 2024 22:52:34 +0000

Light-duty vehicles (LDV) in the United States used more electricity than rail systems for the first time in 2023, according to new estimates in our Electric Power Monthly. We recently started publishing experimental estimates for LDV electricity consumption, which are not collected on our traditional surveys but are derived using a … [continued]

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Electric Trucks Are Already Lower Carbon Than Rail In Much Of North America

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 16:39:26 +0000

In 2010, I was consulting to Canadian National Railroad, at the time with the legendary Hunter Harrison as CEO. It was one of many times my decarbonization proposals bounced off of organizations, something that’s been inordinately useful in helping me understand how hardcore businesses view the space. At the time, … [continued]

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EU Wisely Stiffens Road Freight & Passenger Emissions Guidance

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 13 May 2024 22:17:44 +0000

A month ago, I spent some time assembling statistics on major geographies’ split of domestic freight tonnage across different modes: road, rail, and water. I was surprised to find that road freight was so much more dominant in Europe than rail compared to other major geographies. I think of Europe … [continued]

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$25 Billion Up For Grabs In Canada’s Progress-Light, Reality-Deficient Hydrogen Strategy

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 13 May 2024 17:12:54 +0000

Over the past few years I’ve published assessments of the hydrogen strategies of multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, the EU, and the Canadian province of Ontario, among others. News of the German chancellor coming, cap in hand, begging for liquid natural gas and hydrogen … [continued]

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Green Builder Sustainability Symposium Presentation — Slides & Transcript

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 06 May 2024 18:48:44 +0000

In mid-2023, Green Builder Media’s CEO Sara Gutterman reached out to me to see if I were interested in presenting at their annual Sustainability Symposium. It’s been running annually for close to a decade, and with COVID it transitioned to virtual and won’t be going back. That event occurred a … [continued]

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Paris Electrified

Credit to Author: Arthur Frederick (Fritz) Hasler| Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:31:37 +0000

About 50 years ago, we lived in Paris for six months. In 1975, my employer, NASA, and the CNES (the French NASA) jointly sponsored me on a 6-month Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY) to live in Paris. The French were about to launch their Meteosat (a copy of the ATS 1 … [continued]

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Electrify Everything Everywhere All At Once – India Edition Transcript

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 18:28:24 +0000

Under the auspices of the India Smart Grid Forum, the think tank founded as an umbrella organization over India’s 28 state utilities to provide thought leadership, share leading practices, and bring international insights to India, I’m delivering bi-weekly webinars framed by the Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. … [continued]

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Domestic Freight Mode Decarbonization Economics Will Vary Between Major Geographies

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:33:55 +0000

Every major geography will be electrifying virtually all domestic freight shipping in the coming two to three decades. However, the starting conditions matter between India, Europe, China, and the United States. This assessment sprang out of a bit of news and discussion related to it today. China’s Windrose Technology and … [continued]

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India’s Report Card Against Short List Of Climate Actions Is Better Than Most Realize

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2024 22:59:51 +0000

For several years I’ve been iterating The Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. The work of organizations like Mark Z. Jacobson’s Stanford team around energy and Carbon Drawdown’s around everything are excellent in different ways, but also indigestible to most people. The short list really is that. It’s … [continued]

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EU Spent €1.2 Billion On Hydrogen Transportation, Asked For More To Compete With Batteries

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2024 15:57:50 +0000

Recently the EU’s Joint Research Centre released an assessment of efforts related to hydrogen for transportation. In it, they make … [continued]

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