Building & Transportation Electrification: Page 3


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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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    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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    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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    Opinion

    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
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    Connecticut launches 'comprehensive' and 'complex' charging program to support 500,000 EVs by 2030

    Advocates are excited about the new program and incentives but say it may require significant outreach by utilities to bring the next generation of EV owners on board.

    By Jan. 28, 2022
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    DC joins growing list of cities requiring new buildings to include EV parking

    A make-ready rule requires 20% of parking to be ready for EV charging in certain new and refurbished buildings. But a parking reform expert said the rules ignore a bigger climate question: Is new parking necessary at all?

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 27, 2022
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    Battery-electric vs. hydrogen trucks: The debate heads into 2022

    As fleets eye a future with zero emissions, industry remains undecided whether battery electric vehicles or fuel cell electric vehicles will come out ahead.

    By Jim Stinson • Jan. 26, 2022
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    White House forms coalition with local governments to pursue building performance policies

    In a federal show of support for locally led decarbonization and retrofitting efforts, the coalition will cover nearly 20% of the U.S. building footprint and aims to advance legislation or regulation over the next two years.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 25, 2022
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    Nikola breaks away from troubled past as fleets get serious about emissions

    Covenant Logistics Group signed a letter of intent for a possible 50 trucks from the zero-emission vehicle manufacturer. "We're convinced they're around for the long haul," an executive said.

    By Amanda Loudin • Jan. 25, 2022
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    2022 Utility Dive Outlook

    Utility Dive examines priorities, expectations and trends for three key subjects — FERC, rate design and renewable energy — along with a broader roundup of some of the U.S. power sector trends to watch in the year ahead.

    Jan. 24, 2022
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    Creative financing needed to boost EV charging infrastructure: DOE

    Utilities and investors need to consider "business model innovation" that can make electric vehicle charging more attractive, says DOE loan office head Jigar Shah.

    By Jason Plautz • Jan. 21, 2022