New York Times: With LED Lights, Automakers Reveal All the Road We Cannot See
Automotive lighting is undergoing a quiet revolution, leading to new vehicle designs and providing enhanced nighttime safety. But while many of the innovations have become common in Europe and Asia, they have been slower to arrive in the United States.
The changes are made possible primarily through the increased use of LED lamps, the same technology used in the newest generation of home lighting. LED lamps are smaller, run cooler and use less energy than standard automotive lamps.
Behind the scenes, and mostly in other countries, manufacturers are developing new ways to use light to make nighttime driving safer. By combining LED lamps with cameras, a vehicle’s headlights can be more than just a set of low and high beams, and instead continuously alter their light patterns to exactly fit the immediate road conditions.
Reuters: Restructuring Areva Attracts Chinese Interest
Areva has attracted the interest of three Chinese groups in its technology and parts of its business as the loss-making, majority-state-owned French nuclear reactor company restructures, Le Journal du Dimanche reported.
China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) and China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) are open to all forms of cooperation, including joint ventures and taking stakes in Areva, the Sunday newspaper said.
The Hill: Obama Signs Energy Efficiency Bill Into Law
President Obama on Thursday signed into law a measure that is intended to improve energy efficiency in buildings and stop efficiency rules for certain water heaters.
The measure had strong bipartisan support and easily passed the Senate in March and the House in April.
It creates new voluntary building efficiency standards and exempts certain grid-enabled water heaters from efficiency regulations.
Washington Examiner: McConnell Unveils Surprise Attack on EPA Power Plant Rule
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to use a little-known, little-studied, little-used Clean Air Act clause to undercut a key element of the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to cut carbon emissions from power plants.
The Kentucky Republican cited language in the Clean Air Act, the federal law under which the EPA is crafting its climate change regulation, that he said requires Congress to approve regional cap-and-trade plans and other compacts. That's key because the EPA has touted multi-state plans as the best, most cost-efficient way to meet its proposed rule's goals, and some states are planning to use that strategy.
Economic Times: Gujarat Leads India in Rooftop Solar Installations
Once again, Gujarat has led from the front when it comes to promoting rooftop solar power generation projects. The state leads in the country, with 9.75 MW of rooftop solar power generation.
Gujarat accounted for 23.64 percent of the total 41.24 MW rooftop solar power generated in the country by the end of financial year 2014-15. The other state that comes close to Gujarat is Punjab, with 7.52 MW of rooftop solar power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his stint as chief minister of the state, had launched the Solar Rooftop Solar PV project in 2010-11 in state capital Gandhinagar.