Building & Transportation Electrification: Page 2


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    California approves $11.7M vehicle-to-grid pilots in PG&E footprint

    The programs will support the build-out of bidirectional charging equipment, which regulators say can provide broader resiliency benefits.

    By Updated May 6, 2022
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    Maersk doubles down on fleet electrification with Volvo EV order

    More than 100 electric trucks are set to be delivered by the end of Q1 2023.

    By Alejandra Salgado • March 31, 2022
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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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    As Minnesota regulators reject Xcel's $150M EV rebate plan, focus moves to legislation

    At issue are what role utilities should play in helping drive the uptake of electric vehicles, how big that role should be, and how to access federal funding for EV adoption.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • March 31, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Ukraine war could extend bump in US coal use, but utilities remain confident in decarbonization path

    When 2021 natural gas demand drove prices up, generators turned to coal. The war in Ukraine seems to be driving a similar pattern.

    By March 24, 2022
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    Washington legislators again mandate 100% electric new car sales by 2030

    The target is the most ambitious in the country and was included in a broader $16.9 billion transportation package that is now headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.

    By March 14, 2022
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    Republicans use EV hearing to knock Biden's clean energy policy as US bans oil and gas imports from Russia

    The White House on Tuesday warned that drivers may see higher prices at the pump. Clean energy advocates say it is a reminder the country must shift away from fossil fuels.

    By March 9, 2022
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    White House accelerates plans for zero-emission trucks

    The Biden administration announced new grant funding for manufacturers and a proposed rule to dramatically curb emissions of nitrogen oxides by 2031.

    By Jim Stinson • March 8, 2022
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    Stellantis builds EV capacity with battery supplier partnerships

    Soaring demand for parts has prompted suppliers and their customers to invest billions of dollars in capacity expansion projects.

    By Colin Campbell • March 8, 2022
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    PG&E, GM initiative will pilot use of electric vehicles to power homes in Northern California

    “We see this as ... electric vehicles becoming mobile power sources or mobile batteries, if you will, offering greater energy reliability and resilience,” PG&E executive Aaron August said.

    By March 8, 2022
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    Inflation, production backlogs hit electric transit bus manufacturer Proterra

    The company, which makes electric transit buses and EV batteries for other commercial vehicles, warns of little improvement in parts shortages this year as inflation leads to price increases. 

    By Dan Zukowski • March 4, 2022
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    As Biden plans EV charger rollout, location questions take the fore

    From Denver to Seattle, cities are placing charging stations in under-resourced neighborhoods. The efforts could guide state plans that must meet equity goals to qualify for federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program funds.

    By Jason Plautz • March 2, 2022
  • Biden touts charging network expansion in State of the Union amid 85% jump in 2021 US EV sales

    During his speech to Congress, President Joe Biden highlighted plans for a 500,000-charger national network supported by the federal government as EV sales surge and the market prepares for a flood of federal funding.

    By March 2, 2022
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    Cummins buys Meritor for $3.7B as it eyes electric future

    The move by the two companies signals the trucking industry is preparing for zero-emission technology to replace diesel engines.

    By Jim Stinson • Feb. 25, 2022
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    Duke may offer some EV customers 'all you can charge' for just $19.99/month (restrictions apply)

    Duke Energy wants to offer North Carolina residential customers a flat-fee EV charging subscription, in exchange for control over when the charger is used.

    By Feb. 23, 2022
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    Opinion

    To decarbonize buildings, think like an entrepreneur

    The most innovative ideas to slash emissions won’t have impact if they never reach the market, writes Reshma Singh, who focuses on building technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    By Reshma Singh • Feb. 22, 2022
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    How much lithium can be extracted from the Salton Sea? A new DOE project seeks to find out.

    Scientists will investigate how much of the crucial battery mineral can be obtained through geothermal energy brine in California's "Lithium Valley."

    By Jason Plautz • Feb. 18, 2022
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    Revisiting California's natural gas hookup subsidies

    California is one of the biggest consumers of natural gas in the U.S., and has been adding new gas customers faster than any other state. These trends are in direct conflict with its ambitious climate goals, the authors write.

    By Clifford Rechtschaffen and Simi Rose George • Feb. 18, 2022
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    What being in the 'messy middle' of EV adoption means for trucking

    Fleets can figure out what their path to electrification will look like by considering what equipment is available now and what's in development.

    By Amanda Loudin • Feb. 16, 2022
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    DOE makes $3.1B available for battery manufacturing incentives

    The funding is part of more than $7 billion for electric vehicle and energy storage batteries coming from the infrastructure bill signed into law last year.

    By Jason Plautz • Updated May 3, 2022
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    Opinion

    7 principles to help utility regulators untangle the wires of a clean, equitable EV transition

    By adopting these guidelines, state policymakers and utilities will be able to drive more rapid, widespread and equitable deployment of EVs and their infrastructure, the authors write.

    By Larissa Koehler and Pamela MacDougall • Feb. 15, 2022
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    States must develop EV infrastructure plans to access $5B in federal funding: DOE, DOT

    Federal officials on Thursday unveiled the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program that will make $615 million available to states in fiscal year 2022. 

    By Feb. 10, 2022
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    Electric truck deployments could jump tenfold as interest surges, study says

    Zero-emission truck deployments are heavily concentrated in California, New York and Texas.

    By Jim Stinson • Feb. 8, 2022
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    Massachusetts approves $4B efficiency plan. Is it 'transformational' or a 'missed opportunity' on equity?

    The Mass Save budget recognizes efficiency as a key to meeting the state's carbon reduction goals, but regulators declined to approve some provisions focused on energy equity.

    By Feb. 4, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    More electric buses join transit fleets as costs and technology improve

    As zero-emission buses are added to more transit fleets, officials and bus manufacturers are optimistic about their potential, but they caution that planning, training and learning from other cities are needed.

    By Dan Zukowski • Feb. 2, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Breakthroughs in generation and system integration are driving the utility of the future, analysts say

    The new technologies will reverse the supply-demand equation and bring competitive procurement and a transaction platform to merge the bulk power and distribution systems.

    By Jan. 31, 2022