Building & Transportation Electrification

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    Transit agencies’ zero-emission bus adoption increased in 2022

    California, New York, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts together added more than 1,500 zero-emission transit buses to their fleets.

    By Dan Zukowski • Feb. 3, 2023
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    Vehicle-to-grid charging is coming fast — here’s how regulators and utilities can prepare now

    If utilities do not start planning now, in a few years we will have millions of EVs on the road that are not being used to their full potential as a source of energy storage.

    By Laura Sherman • Feb. 2, 2023
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    The Utility Dive Outlook on 2023

    2023 promises to be another busy year for the U.S. energy transition as stakeholders move to implement new clean energy measures while tackling growing security, reliability, equity and affordability challenges.

    By Utility Dive staff
  • ChargePoint, Stem strike EV charging and battery storage deal for highway corridor fast-charging networks

    Combining charging, battery storage and AI-driven energy management will save money for EV site operators, the companies say.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    EV transition not keeping pace with US climate goals: report

    Gas-powered cars need tighter regulations for the U.S. to meet its 2030 emissions target, while not enough urban charging or utility upgrades could constrain electrification, one report author said.

    By Dan Zukowski • Feb. 1, 2023
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    ‘No regrets’ approach to big batteries, green hydrogen and grid reliability urgently needed, analysts say

    Advanced batteries and green hydrogen promise long-duration energy storage solutions for “net zero” system reliability, but only regulatory policy and market support can fulfill that promise, industry stakeholders say.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    TravelCenters of America to deploy 1,000 EV charging ports by 2028

    The stations will appear at more than 200 locations and will be run by manufacturer Electrify America. 

    By Brett Dworski • Jan. 31, 2023
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    A responsible supply chain and circular economy for batteries will be critical for EVs and electric utilities

    Whether it’s advanced batteries for EVs or for energy storage to meet peak grid demand, foreign pressures on strategic resources and the global supply chain are directly at odds with our domestic energy policies and ambitions.

    By Steve Christensen • Jan. 31, 2023
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    How one company is hoping to build a major lithium production site in Nevada

    With a $700 million loan commitment from the Department of Energy, Ioneer hopes to launch a site that could produce enough lithium to support 370,000 EVs annually.

    By Sara Samora • Jan. 27, 2023
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    How green building policy could evolve in 2023

    After reducing energy use in buildings, cutting embodied carbon is next on the green policy agenda for state and local leaders, potentially prompting a shift from concrete and steel to materials like timber or straw, experts say.

    By Adina Solomon • Jan. 27, 2023
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    EVs are more popular than ever. They’re also extremely prone to cyberattacks.

    If action is not taken to uniformly protect electric vehicles and charging infrastructure from cyber threats, the mobile exoskeleton of the U.S. could be targeted.

    By Shahid Mahdi • Jan. 27, 2023
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    Number of grid-interactive buildings worldwide expected to grow almost 13% annually: Guidehouse

    Growth of grid-interactive buildings will vary regionally, with North America lagging installations elsewhere, according to Guidehouse.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    2023 US Power Sector Outlook

    2023 promises to be another busy year for the U.S. energy transition as stakeholders move to implement new clean energy measures while tackling growing security, reliability, equity and affordability challenges.

    By The Utility Dive Team • Jan. 25, 2023
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    Minnesota electric vehicle legislation would allow Xcel Energy to corner charging market, retailers warn

    Xcel Energy supports HF413 and says the bill will “establish a strong foundation for utility support for transportation electrification that will serve Minnesota well.”

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    3 big advances coming as distributed energy resources take newer, bigger roles in 2023

    Analysts foresee DER growth in 2023 at the wholesale market and retail distribution system levels as communities and local leaders demand more reliability and resilience.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    NARUC digs into commercial EV charging rates as federal government requires states to review offers

    Commercial EV rates should offer savings over traditional vehicle fuels and help manage the grid efficiently, NARUC said.

    By Jan. 20, 2023
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    Small modular reactors could hold key to electrifying heavy transport: Michigan study

    Distributed energy resources can help affordably reduce emissions associated with heavy-duty vehicles, relative to building traditional grid infrastructure.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Electric vehicles near ‘tipping point’ in 2023, but tax credit questions, utility interconnection challenges lie ahead

    Key factors for EV adoption this year include the implementation of federal incentives, development of a national charging network and addressing utility interconnection delays.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    2023 Outlook: US power sector trends to watch

    Federal, state and corporate actions are boosting clean energy in the U.S., but supply chain and economic challenges persist while grid reliability and security concerns are growing.

    By The Utility Dive Team • Jan. 13, 2023
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    DOT, DOE secretaries tout agency cooperation under decarbonization blueprint

    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm laid out the impact of new federal dollars and policies in the shift to EVs, while another federal official urged caution.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 12, 2023
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    Michigan chief mobility officer: ‘States need to write the playbook’ on EV charging

    States could ease the EV charging rollout by helping local governments update regulations and institute best practices, panelists said at the CES trade show in Las Vegas last week.

    By Michael Brady • Jan. 11, 2023
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    Transportation electrification and EVs: Who pays for grid upgrades?

    As more utilities file detailed transportation electrification plans, modifications to service upgrade policies will become essential to avoid financial and inequitable EV adoption roadblocks.

    By Michael Hartnack and Jesse Hitchcock • Jan. 11, 2023
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    Revel to expand EV fast chargers across NYC

    After building a “superhub” in Brooklyn, the electric mobility company is planning more across other boroughs, a move it hopes will greatly expand the city’s capacity for accessible fast charging.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 10, 2023
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    Federal agencies share ‘blueprint’ for transportation decarbonization

    The blueprint lays out strategies for cutting all greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which currently accounts for a third of all domestic GHG emissions, by 2050.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 10, 2023
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    The hidden barrier to V2X: How states and utilities can open the floodgates for bidirectional EV charging

    Avoid reinventing the wheel, minimize unnecessary review, and provide flexible service connection and interconnection options.

    By Ed Burgess and Dan Bowerson • Dec. 22, 2022
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    Senate passes bill to increase EV battery recycling as part of defense budget

    Provisions from the Strategic EV Management Act, a bill from Sen. Mitt Romney intended to enhance recycling for end-of-life batteries used in federal fleet vehicles, could be signed into law soon.

    By Megan Quinn • Dec. 21, 2022