Building & Transportation Electrification


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    Local, tribal clean energy projects can tap into $18M from DOE

    Microgrids and downtown revitalization efforts that create energy-efficient buildings are potential projects the Department of Energy suggested could be eligible.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 29, 2024
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    Heat pumps would cut energy bills for majority of US homes: NREL research

    Even so, “we need work to bring down the cost of installing heat pumps,” said a senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 26, 2024
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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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    Con Edison expands SmartCharge EV incentive program to commercial stations in NYC

    Ride share and fast charging provider Revel will be the first participant in Consolidated Edison’s new EV charging program. Officials say program incentives should help to lower station operating costs.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    The industry trends that will define 2024

    In many ways, 2023 was momentous for clean energy, from the release of guidelines for the Inflation Reduction Act to billions in funding for EV charging infrastructure throughout the US.

    By Marisa Uchin, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Franklin Energy • Feb. 26, 2024
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    Opinion

    Removing demand charge utility tariffs for EV charging will raise CO2 emissions

    To reduce transportation emissions, and fully transition to EVs, the deployment of batteries and battery storage systems is an essential lever that must be incentivized at every level of governance.

    By Michael Spurr • Feb. 21, 2024
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    Schneider Electric sees surge in energy management, system revenue in Q4 2023

    AI developments and continued demand across the data center and infrastructure markets drove its fourth-quarter and full-year growth, according to the company’s latest earnings.

    By Nish Amarnath • Feb. 20, 2024
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    What’s next for EV charging networks: 3 steps for utilities to improve charging infrastructure

    Three steps utilities should take to stay ahead of the curve on the EV transition.

    Feb. 20, 2024
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    Opinion

    Incentivizing domestic battery machines manufacturing for economic and national security

    By concentrating on homegrown solutions, the U.S. can drive advancements in battery technology, setting new standards for efficiency, sustainability and reliability.

    By Bennett Resnik • Feb. 16, 2024
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    Utilities, EV charging companies must collaborate to avoid bulk power system disruptions: NERC

    The shift to electric transportation poses reliability risks, according to NERC, but Blink Charging says it can be managed with new technologies and approaches to charging.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    Joint venture EV charging network Ionna begins operations

    The firm, which seven leading automakers support, plans to install at least 30,000 high-powered public chargers in strategic locations throughout North America.

    By Eric Walz • Feb. 14, 2024
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    Boston’s first networked geothermal project will electrify 7 public housing buildings

    The project is part of a demonstration program led by National Grid, which broke ground on a similar initiative in Lowell, Massachusetts, last April.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 12, 2024
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    GM Envolve to offer FreeWire EV charging to fleet customers

    FreeWire’s direct-current fast-charging stations, which have lower electricity and space requirements than other options, can reduce barriers to fleet electrification, the companies say.

    By Brian Martucci • Feb. 9, 2024
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    Tribal nations, utilities partner on EV access and reliability in the Upper Midwest

    The $13.4 million Electric Nation project will install 122 EV chargers and distribute 16 vehicles to tribal fleets across the region.

    By Brian Martucci • Feb. 8, 2024
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    Energy Department opens battery R&D funds for sodium-ion

    The $15.7 million will also go toward projects using smart manufacturing technologies to lower the cost of battery production.

    By Joelle Anselmo • Feb. 7, 2024
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    9 states pledge to accelerate zero-emission heat pump sales

    The pledge sends a clear market signal, said the senior policy advisor for an association of Northeastern state air quality agencies.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 7, 2024
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    Is the EV revolution over?

    Reports of inventory sitting on lots, production cuts and cold weather issues, as well as ongoing concerns about a lack of charging infrastructure, have raised questions about the future of EVs.

    By Amanda Loudin • Feb. 5, 2024
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    Opinion

    We’re utility commissioners for Georgia and Colorado. Here are key issues we see for an EV future.

    Even back-of-the-envelope math shows that both states may have massive load growth in the future, even beyond individual car owners charging at home, where 80% of charging occurs.

    By Tim Echols and Eric Blank • Feb. 2, 2024
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    FEMA to help communities pay for net-zero energy projects post-disaster

    Communities can now leverage the agency’s grant programs to install solar microgrids, heat pumps and passive cooling when rebuilding schools, hospitals, fire stations and other infrastructure in a disaster’s wake.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 2, 2024
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    2024 US power sector outlook

    The U.S. clean energy transition is expected to accelerate in 2024 but faces question around transmission, financing, federal elections and other issues.

    By Utility Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Chicago mayor proposes natural gas ban in new buildings

    This marks the first time the city has introduced a building decarbonization ordinance, a city employee said. The proposal drew swift backlash from the local gas industry.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Jan. 26, 2024
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    EV battery research gets $131M funding boost

    Some $71 million from the Department of Energy will go to 27 projects focused on increasing EV drive range, lowering battery costs and advancing onboard EV charging systems. 

    By Kate Magill • Jan. 26, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    New solutions emerge to better integrate renewables into the grid, Xcel, Eversource and others say

    Requiring the 400+ GW of battery capacity in U.S. interconnection queues to have grid-forming capabilities could enable variable renewables growth “cheaper and faster than adding new transmission,” one expert said.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Opinion

    As trucking electrifies, how we prepare the grid must evolve

    Fleets are often able to procure zero-emissions vehicles and chargers in less than a year. Grid upgrades can take upwards of five or more years.

    By Cole Jermyn • Jan. 25, 2024
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    ASHRAE updates energy efficiency standard for existing buildings

    The 2024 edition of Standard 100 contains new metrics for setting emissions targets and a “simple” compliance mechanism for energy efficient and low-emission buildings, it says.

    By Joe Burns • Jan. 22, 2024
  • Bipartisan group of 12 senators proposes blocking DOE’s distribution transformer efficiency rule

    Stricter standards and an “overnight” implementation proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy “jeopardize electricity distribution for millions” of Americans, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

    By Jan. 22, 2024