Building & Transportation Electrification

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    White House forms coalition with local governments to pursue building performance policies

    In a federal show of support for locally led decarbonization and retrofitting efforts, the coalition will cover nearly 20% of the U.S. building footprint and aims to advance legislation or regulation over the next two years.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 25, 2022
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    Nikola breaks away from troubled past as fleets get serious about emissions

    Covenant Logistics Group signed a letter of intent for a possible 50 trucks from the zero-emission vehicle manufacturer. "We're convinced they're around for the long haul," an executive said.

    By Amanda Loudin • Jan. 25, 2022
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    2022 Utility Dive Outlook

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

    Jan. 24, 2022
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    Creative financing needed to boost EV charging infrastructure: DOE

    Utilities and investors need to consider "business model innovation" that can make electric vehicle charging more attractive, says DOE loan office head Jigar Shah.

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 21, 2022
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    DOE, DOT scramble to hire 'Energy Corps,' roll out EV charging network

    The first chargers in a $7.5 billion national network could be deployed this year. The federal government is hiring thousands of new employees to support it and other clean energy programs.

    By Jan. 21, 2022
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    2022 Outlook: Top US power sector trends to watch

    The Biden administration entered 2022 with some key strengths and significant challenges to implementing its clean energy agenda, but states, companies and others are continuing to advance the energy transition.

    By Kavya Balaraman, Ethan Howland, Robert Walton and Iulia Gheorghiu • Jan. 18, 2022
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    New York City says goodbye to gas, establishing a blueprint for other communities

    The work to prevent 1 GW of new gas being added in New York City can help others establish a strategy to permanently retire inefficient fossil fuel resources and replace them with sustainable clean energy solutions, says the author.

    By Seth Mullendore • Jan. 13, 2022
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    North Carolina sets goal to sell 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

    An executive order released Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper expands the state's climate ambitions with new goals for zero-emission transportation and workforce equity.

    By Emma Penrod • Jan. 10, 2022
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    Connecticut targets building emissions, energy equity as it moves to update energy strategy

    After a report showed Connecticut off the pace needed to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, Gov. Ned Lamont, D, signed an executive order calling for revisions to the state's building codes.

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 10, 2022
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    PNM prepares for spring launch of $9M transportation program, anticipates EVs to double in 2 years

    Public Service Co. of New Mexico last week detailed plans to roll out incentives for charging infrastructure and new rates for commercial and residential customers, including energy-only tariffs.

    By Jan. 10, 2022
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    Electric, autonomous delivery vehicle boom expected on city streets as inventories and orders grow

    With Amazon, FedEx and Walmart among those placing major orders for electric delivery vehicles, thousands will appear on the road in coming years, executives announced at the Consumer Electronics Show.

    By Dan Zukowski • Jan. 7, 2022
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    Gov. Hochul announces $500M offshore wind investment, electrification push for New York

    Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul used her 2022 State of the State address to announce New York's third offshore wind procurement, new energy storage targets and accelerated electrification initiatives.

    By Jan. 6, 2022
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    Stem, ENGIE North America partner to integrate storage management and EV charging platform

    The partnership reflects customers' growing interest in adopting EV charging, solar generation and storage all at once, according to Stem officials.

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 6, 2022
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    The road ahead: How legacy auto brands will level the EV playing field in 2022

    After setting the stage with lofty product announcements, carmakers will focus on value, range and brand heritage to close the gap with disrupters like Tesla.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 5, 2022
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    NYC's new gas ban highlights market growth needs for building electrification

    Awareness, market development and worker training must scale up now that the largest U.S city is blocking gas hookups in future building construction. 

    By Maria Rachal • Dec. 22, 2021
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    On the road to electric vehicles, EPA's new 40 mpg fuel efficiency rules get mixed reviews

    New vehicle fuel efficiency rules finalized by the Biden administration are the most stringent in history, but some clean transportation advocates say they leave loopholes for car manufacturers to exploit.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
  • US smart meter penetration hits 65%, expanding utility demand response resources: analysts

    The smart meter installed base grew by more than 9% between 2017 and 2020, according to Guidehouse. But tens of millions of older meters remain on the grid.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    Democrats plan to press ahead with Build Back Better bill, despite Manchin opposition

    The legislation threatens grid reliability and increases U.S. dependence on foreign supply chains, according to Sen. Joe Manchin.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
  • Arizona regulators approve plan to accelerate EV investment, require utility transportation plans by June

    The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a comprehensive transportation electrification strategy that anticipates more than 1 million emissions-free vehicles on the state's roads by 2030.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

    The Joint Office of Transportation and Energy will help guide federal efforts and coordinate with state and local stakeholders for an equitable rollout of a charging network, utilizing funds from the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

    By Dec. 14, 2021
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    How leveraging existing utility and city infrastructure is key to accelerating electric vehicle adoption

    Cities around the world are joining the Cities Race to Zero, a United Nations initiative committing urban centers to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. 

    Dec. 13, 2021
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    Biden order on emissions-free power, EVs sends market signals, experts say

    As part of the effort, the federal government — the largest U.S. energy consumer — would get half of its power from 24/7 emissions-free sources by 2030.

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    Building electrification momentum grew in US cities in 2021

    From Denver to Ithaca, New York, cities are charting new territory in their quest to slash built-environment emissions. Solutions include changing codes and adding performance standards, and even electrifying entire city building stocks.

    By Maria Rachal • Dec. 8, 2021
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    Major US utilities plan nationwide charging network, anticipating 22M EVs by 2030

    Within a decade, more than 100,000 fast-charging stations will be needed to support adoption of electric vehicles, according to the Edison Electric Institute. But some areas face significant barriers to growth, say experts.

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    Nuclear and carbon capture companies seek $20B as DOE revives loan program

    DOE loan office head Jigar Shah said he would like the office to issue at least $2 billion in loans for key emerging sectors, such as battery recycling and "green" hydrogen.

    By Dec. 8, 2021