Building & Transportation Electrification


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    Residential DERs could compensate for rise in peak energy demand by 2035: Deloitte

    Most utilities, however, will need to increase coordination with residential customers to maximize the potential of distributed energy resources, according to Deloitte.

    By Emma Penrod • June 12, 2024
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    Proposed tax on gas-powered large buildings will go to voters in Berkeley, California

    A 2023 court decision that struck down Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on gas hookups in new construction is part of what led to the ballot measure, an organizer said. 

    By Ysabelle Kempe • June 11, 2024
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    Top 5 Stories from Utility Dive

    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
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    Deep Dive

    As NVIDIA, IBM and others apply AI to boost utilities, regulatory and data privacy obstacles abound

    The “move fast and break things” business model of the technology sector is meeting the regulated spending and reliability imperatives of the utility sector.

    By June 11, 2024
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    DOE releases zero-emissions building definition, part 1

    The definition will bring clarity to support decarbonization efforts and enable clean energy technologies that can make U.S. buildings more comfortable, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

    By Nish Amarnath • June 7, 2024
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    $1.3B earmarked for EV charging network expansion in US

    The Biden-Harris administration aims to accelerate public and private investment in clean transportation with the largest single grant funding opportunity for U.S. EV charging to date.

    By Haley Cawthon • June 3, 2024
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    Opinion

    Why EPA’s support of school bus electrification is the clear choice to improve America’s future

    Focusing on top-line sticker prices obscures the total cost of ownership of electric school buses, as well as their end-of-life value.

    By Albert Gore • June 3, 2024
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    New York is 1st state to launch IRA-funded home energy rebate program

    Seventeen states have applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for $8.8 billion available for home energy rebate programs. “We're very, very close” to announcing additional awards, a senior DOE official said.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Fermata, Xcel Energy launch ‘transformative’ V2X bidirectional charging pilot in Colorado

    The EV charging pilot will provide insights into “resiliency and technology deployment strategies in areas at highest risk of prolonged outages due to natural disaster or emergency events,” Xcel said.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Battery, critical mineral producers face inventory glut amid slowing EV demand

    The oversupply, however, is likely to be short-lived, with experts urging diversified sourcing and increased investments to avoid future shortfalls.

    By Kate Magill • May 23, 2024
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    Biden hikes tariffs on China-made EVs, batteries, solar cells

    The tariffs align with U.S. efforts to get ahead of China in clean energy and advanced technology manufacturing while also increasing supply chain control.

    By Kate Magill • May 14, 2024
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    Virtual power plants, DERs and home electrification get boost from trio of new Maryland laws

    The laws could help Maryland meet its goals to generate 14.5% of electricity from solar by 2028, achieve a 60% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 and install 3 GW of energy storage by 2033.

    By Brian Martucci • May 13, 2024
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    Opinion

    Why the EPA shouldn’t favor school bus electrification

    The environmental benefits of vehicle electrification are not as obvious as once thought, and the grid is simply not ready to service the load.

    By Tucker Perkins • May 10, 2024
  • EV-grid integration group launches utility collaboration forum with ConEd, PG&E, Ford, GM, others

    Electric vehicles made up 7.3% of new vehicle purchases in the first quarter, and utilities say they are preparing to integrate millions of them into the power grid.

    By May 8, 2024
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    BMW’s future EVs will support bidirectional charging

    BMW joins General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen in the development of vehicle-to-home charging technology to help homeowners reduce energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions from power generation.

    By Eric Walz • May 8, 2024
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    How can cities build a future with fewer gas pipelines?

    As some communities question the logic of continued investment in the gas system, a new RMI and National Grid paper looks at efforts to find alternatives.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • May 7, 2024
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    ISO-NE anticipates 17% rise in annual energy use by 2033, led by EVs and heating

    The region has typically seen grid demand peak during the summer, but that may change across the next 10 years, says a new capacity and demand report from the New England ISO.

    By May 6, 2024
  • Energy Department finalizes rule to phase out fossil fuels in federal buildings

    In a push for net-zero emissions from federal facilities by 2045, the new rule mandates a 90% reduction in on-site fossil fuel use by 2029 and complete elimination after 2030.

    By Nish Amarnath • April 29, 2024
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    5 ways cities can accelerate EV charger deployments equitably

    Potential steps include seeking community input, learning from other cities, reducing regulatory barriers and other ideas from participants in the DOE’s Clean Energy to Communities Program.

    By Iulia Gheorghiu • April 24, 2024
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    Siemens, Eaton, Cummins among companies to receive 48C clean energy tax credits

    Clean energy manufacturers have received $1.9 billion so far under the Inflation Reduction Act-funded tax credit.

    By Joelle Anselmo • April 24, 2024
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    GM Energy rolls out its first vehicle-to-home EV charging products

    Ford offers a similar V2H charging kit for the electric F-150 Lightning, and in December, Volkswagen announced it was launching a V2H pilot program with its partner HagerEnergy in Sweden.

    By Eric Walz • April 23, 2024
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    DOE launches $8.8B program to lower home energy costs amid mixed data on electricity inflation

    New York is the first state to receive funds through the Inflation Reduction Act’s home energy rebates program; 11 others have applications pending, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

    By April 23, 2024
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    EV, battery projects lead clean energy manufacturing sector in March: E2

    Last month showed over $2 billion in investments promising at least 1,660 jobs across five states.

    By Joelle Anselmo • April 22, 2024
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    Improving the EV driver experience

    Helping drivers navigate the complexities of this new landscape is critical for EVs to achieve their full mass market potential.

    By Elizabeth Turnbull, Director of Market Development, Transportation Electrification, Franklin Energy • April 22, 2024
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    DOE cites cost, reliability concerns for new gas plants as it details how to meet surging power demand

    Rising electricity demand will require a portfolio of resources, including energy storage, hydropower, nuclear, grid-enhancing technologies and demand-side management, DOE said.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Tackling 3 key issues can help scale virtual power plants and spur a wave of benefits, analysts say

    Advanced operational software, communications standards and customer compensation are needed to scale VPP size and services, cut system and customer costs and enhance reliability, key VPP players agree.

    By April 17, 2024