Building & Transportation Electrification: Page 2


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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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    Trendline

    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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    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
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    How cities are building out public EV charging infrastructure

    As more electric vehicles hit the road, municipalities and property owners are working with contractors to deploy public charging infrastructure.

    By Joe Burns • April 16, 2024
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    DOE awards $27M for communities to plan a clean-energy future

    This is the first funding round for the Energy Future Grants initiative, which launched last year to help communities plan for transportation and building electrification, microgrids and solar projects.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • April 12, 2024
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    South Carolina tackles EV issues, including questions around utility investment in charging

    A state consumer advocate wants regulators to take a skeptical approach to utilities investing ratepayer funds in charging stations.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Green Mountain Power, RMP offer strong virtual power plant blueprint: RMI webinar

    VPP policy should promote widespread distributed energy resource adoption while enabling retail and wholesale market participation and preserving customer choice, webinar participants said.

    By Brian Martucci • April 11, 2024
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    Battery manufacturing apprenticeships get a boost with new White House guidance

    The guidelines are helping to standardize training in the sector as it leans into career paths that do not require four-year degrees.

    By Kate Magill • April 10, 2024
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    Opinion

    How electric vehicles are lowering electricity bills for everyone

    Electric vehicle drivers are saving everyone billions of dollars on their monthly electricity bills, a recent study by Synapse Energy Economics found.

    By Jordan Brinn • April 10, 2024
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    Rooftop heat pump technologies can save US businesses $5B annually: DOE

    A new commercial heat pump accelerator program aims to halve greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs compared with natural gas-fueled heat pumps, the U.S. Department of Energy says.

    By Nish Amarnath • April 9, 2024
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    Bidirectional EV charging, VPP bill passes Maryland Assembly, heads to governor’s desk

    “Pairing battery storage with renewable generation will help Maryland achieve its clean energy goals, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change,” Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo said.

    By Brian Martucci • April 8, 2024
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    Building decarbonization goes beyond energy efficiency, US Green Building Council says

    Other pathways like electrification, clean power and building grid integration can help owners and operators reduce building emissions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

    By Nish Amarnath • April 8, 2024
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    Indiana DOT, Purdue collaborate on highway that charges EVs

    Researchers will embed coils in a quarter-mile stretch of concrete roadway to produce a magnetic field that can recharge vehicles while they drive.

    By Matthew Thibault • April 4, 2024
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    National blueprint for building-sector decarbonization released by Biden administration

    The plan, which sets specific targets for reducing on-site energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, also recommends state and local building performance standards.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • April 4, 2024
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    Trucking groups blast EPA’s heavy-duty truck emissions rule, citing electric vehicle challenges

    “Today, these vehicles fail to meet the operational demands of many motor carrier applications ... and lack sufficient charging and alternative fueling infrastructure to support adoption,” the head of the Clean Freight Coalition said.

    By Colin Campbell • April 2, 2024
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    New Mexico regulators approve El Paso Electric $11M EV plan, including low-income rebates

    The rebate program has a total budget of $200,000 and will be available to 50 customers. El Paso Electric will also offer smart charging programs and incentives for charging equipment.

    By March 29, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    A new era of price-based demand response emerges, but utilities and regulators need proof of its potential

    New load flexibility from price-based demand response programs could be invaluable if reliability and cost-effectiveness is confirmed in real-world operating conditions, stakeholders agree.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Sonnen CEO aims to repeat company’s Utah virtual power plant success

    The company has been helped by Utah regulators and Rocky Mountain Power seeing the value in a distributed, dispatchable portfolio that could potentially scale faster than new fixed generation, Blake Richetta said.

    By Brian Martucci • March 26, 2024
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    ICC’s decision on 2024 energy conservation code draws criticism, debate

    The International Code Council, after receiving nine appeals, has voted to move provisions aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the main code to appendices.

    By Nish Amarnath • March 22, 2024
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    EPA softens vehicle emissions standards, giving carmakers more time to ramp up EV sales

    “Moderating the pace of EV adoption ... was the right call because it prioritizes more reasonable electrification targets in the next few (very critical) years of the EV transition,” the Alliance for Automotive Innovation’s CEO said.

    By Michael Brady • March 20, 2024
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    Electrifying US trucking could cost nearly $1 trillion

    Fleets and charger operators would need to spend $620 billion, with utilities and the government paying $370 billion, per a Roland Berger report funded by the Clean Freight Coalition.

    By Colin Campbell • March 20, 2024