- “Tesla Is 2 Years Ahead Of Schedule On Gigafactory 1” • Tesla is often criticized for slipping on targets. But Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is solidly on track to achieve a battery production volume of 35 GWh per year by the end of 2018. This is two years ahead of the original 2020 target date that was set for achieving such volumes. [CleanTechnica]
- “Consumers Energy energizes drive to electric cars and renewables” • Michigan utility Consumers Energy is stepping on the pedal in its move toward more EVs and increased renewable energy in the birthplace of the automobile. The company is teaming up with General Motors to speed a shift to EVs in their home state. [Daily Energy Insider]
- “The problems at GE’s troubled power unit can’t be fixed quickly” • General Electric’s board ousted CEO John Flannery, but the problems at the heart of its power business defy a quick solution. At the core of the problems is its failure to forecast a downturn in demand for its turbines amid booming demand for renewable energy. [CNBC]
- “Tesla battery proves a leading source of dispatchable power, AEMO says” • Australia’s Resources Minister Matt Canavan reportedly dismissed the big battery as “the Kim Kardashian of the energy world: it’s famous for being famous [but] doesn’t do very much.” But no less an authority than the Australian Energy Market Operator disagrees. [ABC News]
- “10 Year Extension To US EV Tax Credit Proposed” • Several Democratic Senators and Representatives have introduced legislation to extend the US federal tax credit for zero-emissions vehicles by 10 years. The bill also proposes a tax credit extension on EV charging infrastructure and sales of other alternative fuel vehicles. [CleanTechnica]
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