Toyota loses ground on fuel economy as federal agencies seek rollback of vehicle standards

Toyota, an industry leader in hybrid technology for two decades, is the only major automaker to lose ground on fuel economy in recent years. And with the Trump administration poised to roll back fuel efficiency standards, Toyota may face less pressure to pick up its pace. Toyota previously posted one of the industry’s best miles per gallon (mpg) averages for its fleet. It benefitted from selling more than 10 million hybrids worldwide since launching its signature Prius in 1997. Today’s most fuel-efficient Prius gets a whopping 56 mpg. Still, with robust truck sales, Toyota’s fleet mpg actually decreased from 2012-2017, according to the US Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Automotive Trends Repor

The U.S. installed 10.6 gigawatts of solar PV capacity in 2018

The United States saw a two percent drop in solar installations between 2017 and 2018, while U.S. residential solar rebounded Residential solar installations dipped in 2017 in the United States as a result of changes to Tesla's solar business. One year later, Wood Mackenzie and SEIA's new Solar Market Insight report finds that residential numbers rebounded in 2018 as 314,600 American homes installed solar, reflecting the efforts of regional and national installers. Meanwhile, utility-scale solar contracted in 2018, due in large part to the impacts of Section 201 tariffs. The new report notes that the U.S. solar industry installed 10.6 GW of new PV capacity overall in 2018, marking the thir

U.S. renewable electricity generation has doubled since 2008

Renewable generation provided a new record of 742 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2018, nearly double the 382 million MWh produced in 2008. Renewables provided 17.6% of electricity generation in the United States in 2018. Nearly 90% of the increase in U.S. renewable electricity between 2008 and 2018 came from wind and solar generation. Wind generation rose from 55 million MWh in 2008 to 275 million MWh in 2018 (6.5% of total electricity generation), exceeded only by conventional hydroelectric at 292 million MWh (6.9% of total generation). U.S. solar generation has increased from 2 million MWh in 2008 to 96 million MWh in 2018. Solar generation accounted for 2.3% of electricity

Developer plans DeWitt solar farm

Mike Roach presented plans for a solar array at a former landfill site. Delisted landfill to be used JASON KLAIBER STAFF WRITER At last week’s Monday night meeting in the courtroom of the DeWitt Town Hall, solar project developer Mike Roach presented to board members and over a dozen residents, outlining a plan to build a photovoltaic farm on the site of a local landfill. The project, as presented, will be completed by Central New York installers between early May and the end of September, with possible overage into October to allow finishing touches by electricians, Roach said. Roach, who received his degree in renewable energy from SUNY Morrisville and has worked for the project’s general

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