Energy & Utilities

  • Washington, DC, is 'ideally poised for electrification,' Sierra Club finds. The city's gas utility disagrees.

    Renewable natural gas and green hydrogen could help the nation's capital avoid costly electric grid upgrades, according to Washington Gas.

    By Robert Walton • May 13, 2022
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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 Kavya Balaraman • Updated May 9, 2022
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    Vehicle Electrification

    Cities and states are trying to harness the growing electric vehicle market to meet decarbonization goals while ensuring the rollout of these vehicles is being done equitably. Their efforts are aided by an influx of federal support.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    The race to add more public EV chargers

    To meet President Biden's goal for half of all U.S. vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2030, the country will need 20 times more EV chargers. To support those ambitions, companies are developing innovative charging technologies.

    By April 28, 2022
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    Latest UN climate change report shines new light on well-documented urban mitigation strategies

    Cities must push harder to decarbonize buildings and transform transportation norms, the report suggests, as the next three years are critical if the world is to change the course of global warming.

    By April 5, 2022
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    Gatik signals start of 'hyper-growth' phase with EV partnership

    The autonomous middle-mile delivery operator is set to team up with ChargePoint to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure across its North American locations.

    By Kate Magill • April 1, 2022
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    Nearly $45B for climate and clean energy included in Biden's proposed budget

    It calls for investments in zero-emission vehicles and related infrastructure so federal agencies can provide "immediate, clear, and stable" demand. There are also carveouts for electrifying low-income homes.

    By Ethan Howland • March 29, 2022
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    Boston moves to convert its charming but costly gas lamps to LEDs

    The city is in the midst of a community engagement process to convert 2,800 of its remaining gas lamps  — which are 4% of the city's streetlights but 37% of its streetlight emissions — to LEDs in a bid to support climate goals.

    By March 25, 2022
  • Low-income Flint residents and others in Michigan to benefit from utility's energy efficiency program expansion

    The expanded gas and electric efficiency programs are "a critical step towards fighting energy inequality" in the state, Earthjustice Senior Attorney Chinyere Osuala said.

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

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

    By Kavya Balaraman • March 14, 2022
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    Fullerton, California, to fund smart city projects with energy savings

    The $8.4 million energy efficiency project is expected to save the city $12.1 million and support the implementation of technology like LED streetlights. 

    By March 7, 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 Robert Walton • 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 March 2, 2022
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    Making corporate net-zero rhetoric real in 2022

    Businesses' net-zero commitments are new promises to do good for broader society, going far beyond the company's own operations, the authors write. 

    By Chris Deri and Sasha Mackler • March 1, 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. 23, 2022
  • Dozens of lawmakers press Biden to prioritize appliance efficiency standard updates

    There were 28 standards in need of review when President Joe Biden took office, and more deadlines are approaching. "The scale of the rulemaking task ahead is challenging," warned more than 50 lawmakers.

    By Robert Walton • Feb. 17, 2022
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    Louisville eyes forming public electric utility to meet climate goals

    Its goal of achieving 100% clean energy communitywide by 2040 does not match the decarbonization plans of its current energy provider, leading the city to look for alternatives.

    By Feb. 11, 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 Robert Walton • Feb. 10, 2022
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    The number of natural gas customers will continue to rise, even as US decarbonizes: AGA report

    While some cities have banned new gas hookups, efficient gas appliances are one key to ensuring an equitable transition to a net-zero carbon economy, according to the American Gas Association.

    By Robert Walton • Feb. 9, 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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    Turning ambitious decarbonization goals into reality requires an integrated approach

    The truth is that establishing aggressive decarbonization targets is the easy part for city leaders. Far more challenging is setting the policies, strategies, budgets and responsibilities needed to make steady progress toward deep decarbonization.

    Jan. 31, 2022
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    8 trends shaping cities in 2022

    Cities continue to confront challenges surrounding the pandemic, the climate crisis, rising inequality and public safety this year.

    By Cailin Crowe, Danielle McLean, Maria Rachal, Dan Zukowski and Jason Plautz • Jan. 26, 2022
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    Resiliency remains key as electric sector becomes 'tip of the spear' for decarbonization, trade group leaders say

    The industry is facing new and old issues in 2022, according to experts at the U.S. Energy Association’s 2022 State of the Energy Industry Forum, including supply chain, labor, cybersecurity and reliability challenges.

    By Kavya Balaraman • Jan. 25, 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 Jan. 24, 2022
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    DOE, DOT scramble to hire 'Energy Corps,' roll out EV charging network

    The first chargers in a $7.5 billion national network could be deployed this year. The federal government is hiring thousands of new employees to support it and other clean energy programs.

    By Robert Walton • Jan. 24, 2022
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    Creative financing needed to boost EV charging infrastructure: DOE

    As the White House aims to roll out a network of 500,000 EV chargers, a speaker at the National EV Charging Summit said public dollars alone can't meet Biden's 2030 goal for half of passengers vehicle sales to be EVs. 

    By Jan. 21, 2022