Energy & Utilities

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    Building out nationwide EV charging is taking longer than consumers think, Fuels Institute says

    Permit approvals, government funding and knowing where to deploy charging stations are some of the many hurdles EV stakeholders face.

    By Brett Dworski • Nov. 23, 2022
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    Austin to double e-bike rebates in 2023

    The city increased the rebates to encourage more people, especially “historically underserved populations,” to buy and use e-bikes, a spokesperson for Austin’s publicly-owned utility said.

    By Nov. 22, 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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    Electric transit bus orders boom after FTA funds 1,100 buses

    Cities, states and transit agencies need to plan ahead to transition their fleets to electric buses, as manufacturers struggle to keep up with orders.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    Tampa tries sidewalk solar panels as backup power for traffic lights

    The Florida city started using solar sidewalks for backup power after 2017’s Hurricane Irma created lengthy power outages at intersections. It assessed the technology's performance this fall during Hurricane Ian.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    The 10 most future-ready cities in North America: report

    Cities must invest more in digital and physical infrastructure to address today’s challenges but face several barriers, including a lack of public trust, a new report finds.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    With control of Congress unknown, clean energy advocates cheer state wins and press for climate action

    So far, it appears Republicans failed to pull off an anticipated “red wave” and Democrats outperformed expectations, analysts say.

    By Robert Walton • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Climate funding wins big on state and local ballots

    Voters in many jurisdictions embraced spending on resilience projects, clean energy and other climate change mitigation efforts  — with one notable exception.

    By Updated Nov. 9, 2022
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    Amazon rolls out Rivian EVs in more cities for holiday deliveries

    The company has delivered more than 5 million packages to U.S. customers using the electric vans since July.

    By Max Garland • Nov. 8, 2022
  • Macky Sall, Chairperson of the African Union, speaks during the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the UNFCCC COP27 climate conference.
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    COP27 to spotlight implementation, finance for climate action

    Even at the global stage, there could be insights on how to best go about decarbonizing U.S. cities from this month’s United Nations climate conference, experts say.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    Climate action ballot initiatives for Election Day 2022

    Spending for transportation decarbonization, wildfire prevention, storm resilience and more are up for a vote next week in some states.

    By Nov. 1, 2022
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    Clean energy supply bottlenecks hit overburdened communities the hardest, utilities and advocates say

    The Inflation Reduction Act and an equity focus should help reverse the trend, however.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • Oct. 27, 2022
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    For equitable building electrification, philanthropy-backed fund puts communities in the driver’s seat

    Who designs the energy transition? As cities work to reduce building emissions and spur clean alternatives, the creators of the Equitable Building Electrification Fund believe that decision-making power needs to shift.

    By Oct. 26, 2022
  • Houston gets ultrafast EV charging at Phillips 66 flagship station

    Built and installed by FreeWire Technologies, the fuel company says it’s the first ultrafast EV charging location at a gas and convenience store in the city.

    By Brett Dworski • Oct. 17, 2022
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    Oakland tests electric transit buses for resilience in vehicle-to-building pilot

    The California city will be the site for analyzing how zero-emission transit buses can maintain critical loads during emergency conditions.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 12, 2022
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    GM partners with Pilot, EVGo to launch massive convenience store EV-charging initiative

    Convenience store chains are adding hundreds of EV charging stations, but the Pilot chain's goal to install thousands could signal the beginning of an EV charging arms race in that industry.

    By Brett Dworski • Oct. 12, 2022
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    GM partners with utilities, solar and storage providers on vehicle-to-grid, home EV charging

    General Motors hopes the new services will spur EV adoption while improving grid resiliency, it said as part of a broader business announcement Tuesday.

    By Oct. 11, 2022
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    Smart Cities Connect

    Building EV charging through public-private partnerships

    Cities and companies can work together to install charging stations along curbs, at multifamily housing, in parking lots and at public facilities, panelists said at Smart Cities Connect.

    By Oct. 4, 2022
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    New York begins implementation of 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars and trucks, following California lead

    Boosting sales of EVs in New York may require changing the law around how vehicles are sold, according to the Alliance for Clean Energy New York.

    By Robert Walton • Sept. 30, 2022
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    Chicago passes updated building energy code to support decarbonization

    Starting in November, new building designs must adhere to stronger energy-efficiency and electrification standards as the city seeks to mitigate one of its major sources of emissions.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
  • BP and Hertz to develop national EV charging network

    The move sets the foundation for BP and Hertz to “drive the future of mobility and accelerate EV consumer adoption,” the companies said in a statement.

    By Brett Dworski • Sept. 29, 2022
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    EV charging network plans approved for all 50 states

    The FHWA’s approval unlocks $1.5 billion in NEVI program funds through fiscal years 2022 and 2023 for all jurisdictions across the U.S., allowing the build-out of chargers covering about 75,000 miles of highway.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Demand on the rise for electric vehicle charging at multifamily properties

    EV adoption will accelerate next year thanks to new tax credits and expanding options from automakers.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Sept. 22, 2022
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    California could phase out gas heaters by 2030 to cut smog

    The home and building appliances are “an underappreciated driver of unhealthy air quality in California cities,” non-profit advocates say in a report Tuesday, as state regulators consider only allowing zero-emissions alternatives.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    City-wide modernization plan creates a $100M+ economic impact

    How Sierra Vista, AZ created a sports tourism boom with sustainable infrastructure upgrades.

    Sept. 12, 2022
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    New York City’s first vehicle-to-grid charging installation is live in Brooklyn

    Project partners worked through engineering, regulatory and interconnection challenges to get the technology to market, Revel Chief Operating Officer Paul Suhey said.

    By Sept. 9, 2022