Building & Transportation Electrification


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    Electric evolution increasingly seen as inevitable for waste and recycling fleets

    Timeline predictions vary, but conversations at WasteExpo suggested a wider consensus is forming that refuse fleets are destined for electrification. With that, the focus shifts from doubts about trucks to infrastructure stresses.

    By Maria Rachal • May 17, 2022
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    Uber increases EV incentives to achieve its all-electric by 2030 goal

    The company announced new efforts to entice drivers to switch to EVs and the addition of "premium" electric vehicles in a press conference yesterday on expanding its event, food delivery and travel services.

    By Dan Zukowski • May 17, 2022
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    The Utility Dive Outlook on 2022

    Utility Dive examines priorities, expectations and trends for three key subjects — FERC, renewable energy and rate design — and provides a broader roundup of some of the U.S. power sector trends to watch in the year ahead.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    As California confronts the future of its natural gas system, who could get left behind?

    Without a proper transition strategy, experts worry that potential declines in natural gas demand will lead to large increases in energy bills likely to fall on the state's most vulnerable customers.

    By May 16, 2022
  • Washington, D.C., is 'ideally poised for electrification,' Sierra Club finds. The city's gas utility disagrees.

    Renewable natural gas and green hydrogen could help the nation's capital avoid costly electric grid upgrades, according to Washington Gas.

    By May 13, 2022
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    Opinion

    Closing the gap on rural EV 'charging deserts'

    Targeted federal funding and strategic regulation will be crucial to ensure that the charging network to power the electrical transformation is accessible and affordable for all, the author writes.

    By William Policastro • May 13, 2022
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    States band together to push for nationwide fleet electrification

    A coalition of nearly 20 states has drafted a plan to advance truck electrification efforts.

    By Kate Magill • May 9, 2022
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    The fight for a national clean energy transmission system emerges on three fronts

    DOE’s multi-part transmission study, FERC’s refocus on transmission planning, and macrogrid advocacy efforts could produce an interconnected nation ready for net zero electricity by 2035, industry, government and other experts say.

    By May 3, 2022
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    Michigan awards grants to spur EV equity and economic development

    The grant program aims to increase access to electric vehicles and charging stations in underserved communities while also creating EV-related jobs through public-private partnerships.

    By Dan Zukowski • May 2, 2022
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    The race to add more public EV chargers

    To meet President Biden's goal for half of all U.S. vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2030, the country will need 20 times more EV chargers. To support those ambitions, companies are developing innovative charging technologies.

    By Dan Zukowski • May 2, 2022
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    Can the grid handle millions of EVs? In Tennessee, distribution systems will be 'canary in the coal mine'

    Preparing for the coming wave of electric vehicles will require utilities to change traditional integrated resource planning and engage more with fleet owners and automakers, according to industry observers.

    By May 2, 2022
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    California readies regulations for zero-emission truck fleets

    Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are the next big frontier in transportation electrification. The move to EVs has been slower in this segment because of its higher energy needs.

    By Dan Zukowski • April 27, 2022
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    US transportation sector could cut carbon emissions 34% by 2030: analysis

    "We've actually made a lot of progress," said one researcher. Separately, the Biden administration announced $6.4 billion for states to use under the infrastructure law's carbon reduction program.

    By Dan Zukowski • April 25, 2022
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    'Do you like minting money?': Musk urges entrepreneurs to enter lithium space as Tesla's supply woes persist

    The company deployed 846 MWh of energy storage in Q1, but demand still outstrips its capacity, and it is working on ramping up production at a Megapack factory.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Proposed California EV regs could be adopted by other states

    In a bid to ramp up zero-emission vehicle sales, the policy move could ultimately enable regulators "to set the national standards that we need to meet our climate goals," said one transportation and clean air policy expert.

    By Dan Zukowski • April 19, 2022
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    An opportunity too good to pass up: Time to weigh in on federal funds for electric vehicles

    The Regulatory Assistance Project is calling on officials, advocates and executives to provide comments to the Federal Highway Administration on how to distribute $7.5 billion from the infrastructure bill to states.

    By David Farnsworth and Camille Kadoch • April 19, 2022
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    Symbio awarded $2M to develop hydrogen fuel cell truck

    As fleets eye a carbon-free future, a clash between battery electric vehicles and fuel cell EVs is quietly being waged over the future of the industry.

    By Colin Campbell • April 18, 2022
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    California unveils proposed pathway to reach 100% ZEVs by 2035

    The proposal recommends an annual zero-emissions vehicles requirement that begins at 35% in 2026 before ramping up to 68% in 2030.

    By April 13, 2022
  • New Hampshire regulators approve new EV charging rates for Unitil, Liberty and cut demand charges in half

    Advocates for electric vehicle infrastructure are split on whether the lower demand charge will help to expand public charging stations in the state.

    By April 12, 2022
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    California injects $40M into heat pump water heater effort amid broader push to decarbonize buildings

    Regulators nearly doubled the funding authorized for heat pump water heaters as part of an initiative in the state's self-generation incentive program.

    By April 11, 2022
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    For the Building Performance Standards Coalition to be effective, the White House must think bigger

    The former head of the U.S. Green Building Council weighs in on how federal, state and local government partners can go beyond just reducing building emissions as they pursue decarbonization.

    By Mahesh Ramanujam • April 11, 2022
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    Reliability concerns drive need for energy market design reforms, but regions diverge in FERC proceeding

    Filings from FERC proceedings show a one-size-fits-all reform can't sufficiently address regional market diversity, but federal guidelines can target growing uncertainties and costs from rising variable and distributed resource penetrations.

    By April 11, 2022
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    UN highlights potential of broad electrification as it stresses the role of cities in tackling climate change

    Cities must push harder to decarbonize buildings and transform transportation norms, the report suggests, as the next three years are critical if the world is to change the course of global warming.

    By Maria Rachal • April 6, 2022
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    GAO: Postal service used questionable assumptions to make case for continuing gas-powered fleet

    In response to congressional interest, USPS Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb said an audit will review the postal service's vehicle acquisition process.

    By April 6, 2022
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    Inside PepsiCo's strategy for fleet electrification

    For the food and beverage giant, executive buy-in is a crucial part of scaling for the future.

    By S.L. Fuller • April 5, 2022
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    Gatik signals start of 'hyper-growth' phase with EV partnership

    The autonomous middle-mile delivery operator will team up with ChargePoint to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure across its North American locations. 

    By Kate Magill • April 4, 2022