August was an all time record month for the Chevy Volt. Yet, apparently the sales of the Volt are still not strong enough and GM will close the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, where the Volt is made, for four weeks, from September 17 through October 15. The fact that the plant is going to be closed again is an indication that GM has some work to do, so while the manufacturing line workers will be at home, it might be worthwhile for GM’s executives to consider the following points:
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Over 400 million Indians lack access to modern energy. After the blackout in early August that left another 700 million Indians without energy – nearly 10% of the world’s population – how can clean energy be promoted over reliance on dirty coal?
General Motors (GM) announced a commitment last year to double its solar use from its current 30 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW by 2015. GM’s newly installed 8.15 MW solar rooftop array on its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Germany will help the car company meet its target.
Duane Reade asks the public to help it decide which of its stores in New York City will switch to electric trucks. Participants get in this campaign an opportunity to make an impact not only on the company, but also on their own neighborhood.
GM’s newest success is the installment of an 8.15 MW solar array on the rooftop of one of its Adam Opel AG plants in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The array is one of the largest installations in Europe with an area equivalent to 32 soccer fields and will produce up to 7.3 million kWH of energy annually.
The new U.S. gas mileage standards for cars that was supposed to be released on August 15th, has been delayed. The final rule will make it mandatory for car manufacturers to raise the average fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The drought parching the Midwest is raising serious questions about our agriculture and energy policies. Stocks of corn in storage were already low, and the intense dryness and heat means this year’s crop will be much smaller than was expected even a few months back.
Wind energy mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital (VC) funding nosedived in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012, though large-scale project funding turned in a strong quarter.
In 2011, 32 percent of all electric generation capacity added to the grid came from wind. However, much of that growth benefited from the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) which has helped to stimulate investment. The credit is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012 unless it is renewed.