Weekend reads: - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Regulation, Solar  -  March 31, 2018

Weekend reads: Why is Trump angry?; Wireless EV recharging coming soon & more

Kick back with these must-read energy stories from around the web:

How Did Climate and Clean Energy Programs Fare in the 2018 Federal Budget? (Renewable Energy Magazine)  The president of the United States was angry. Stalking into the Diplomatic Room of the White House, with Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members and staffers trailing behind him, President Donald Trump seemed in a particularly foul mood.

Future electric cars could recharge wirelessly while you drive (University of Colorado Boulder)  Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road that would make it possible to drive hundreds—if not thousands—of miles without having to plug in. While the idea may sound like science fiction, CU Boulder engineers are working to bring it closer to reality.

Unpacking Corporate Responsibility at Amazon (Corporate Responsibility Magazine)  Thud. Another Amazon Prime package drops on the doorstep, a sound almost as common as the mailman’s steps themselves. For tens of millions of consumers, Prime is a gateway to everything from baby wipes to dinner to a quick fix for a misplaced wedding ring. Most shoppers use or have used Amazon, a fact that highlights the retailer’s power as well as its responsibility to be a good corporate citizen.

Japan’s largest floating solar power plant starts operating (PV Tech)  Kyocera has announced that its latest floating solar (FPV) power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan is operational, making the 13.7MW FPV plant the largest in Japan.  

The World’s Biggest Solar Project Comes With a ‘Batteries Included’ Sticker (Bloomberg)  SoftBank Group Corp. partnered with the oil-rich Saudis this week to plan massive networks of photovoltaic panels across the sun-drenched desert kingdom. The project is 100 times larger than any other proposed in the world, and features plans to store electricity for use when the sun isn’t shining with the biggest utility-scale battery ever made.


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