Building & Transportation Electrification


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    Owners report more problems with EVs than with gas vehicles: JD Power

    New technology in cars is driving an increase in owner complaints, a June study found.

    By Kalena Thomhave • July 17, 2024
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    DOE allocates $1.7B to convert auto factories to EV production and supply

    Eleven shuttered or at-risk facilities in eight states will be converted to support electric vehicle manufacturing.

    By Haley Cawthon • July 12, 2024
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    Building Electrification

    Decarbonization goals are spurring building electrication efforts across the U.S. While the use of heat pumps and other technologies is expanding, some policies are facing legal challenges.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    Lack of affordable electric vehicles will limit widespread US adoption until at least 2028: BofA

    Analysts at Bank of America and Bloomberg say U.S. EV penetration rates are slowing and are unlikely to reach 30% by 2030.

    By June 26, 2024
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    To efficiently electrify everything, utilities will need a better customer IT stack

    While utilities need to invest in new technologies, they should consider reinvigoration of an underappreciated tool that they already have: the customer IT stack.

    By Emma Rodvien — Senior Manager of US Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Kraken • June 24, 2024
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    Get on the bus: How utilities can support electric school buses

    Among all vehicle electrification use cases, school buses are the very definition of a winning scenario, which is why they’re gaining so much attention.

    June 24, 2024
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    EV adoption falls to its lowest point since 2021: JD Power

    Meanwhile, electric vehicles are more available than they’ve ever been.

    By Kalena Thomhave • June 13, 2024
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    Budderfly’s CEO on accelerating clean technology adoption in commercial buildings

    Al Subbloie discusses the slow adoption of ground-source heat pumps and highlights the benefits of outsourcing energy management and using software to boost efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

    By Nish Amarnath • June 12, 2024
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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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    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