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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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    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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    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 Jason Plautz • Jan. 21, 2022
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    North Carolina sets goal to sell 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

    An executive order released Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper expands the state's climate ambitions with new goals for zero-emission transportation and workforce equity.

    By Emma Penrod • Jan. 11, 2022
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    The road ahead: How legacy auto brands will level the EV playing field in 2022

    After setting the stage at CES with lofty product announcements, carmakers will focus on value, range and brand heritage to close the gap with disrupters like Tesla.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 5, 2022
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    12 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2022

    As local leaders continue to adapt to the tremendous changes that the past year brought, industry players share how they anticipate cities will evolve.

    By Jan. 5, 2022
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    Q&A's from 2021 that spotlight 13 smart cities voices

    Revisit the year's one-on-one conversations, including with tech and climate leaders in Honolulu, Phoenix and San Diego and with execs at Revel, Veo and Drop Mobility.

    Dec. 23, 2021
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    NYC's new gas ban highlights market growth needs for building electrification

    Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the climate legislation in his final days in office, but work to expand awareness, market development and worker training remains.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    Biden order on emissions-free power, EVs sends market signals, experts say

    As part of the effort, the federal government — the largest U.S. energy consumer — would get half of its power from 24/7 emissions-free sources by 2030.

    By Ethan Howland • Dec. 10, 2021
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    Major US utilities plan nationwide charging network, anticipating 22M EVs by 2030

    Within a decade, more than 100,000 fast-charging stations will be needed to support the adoption of electric vehicles, according to the Edison Electric Institute. But some areas face significant barriers to growth, experts say.

    By Robert Walton • Dec. 9, 2021
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    Tesla solar roof fires subject of SEC, Consumer Product Safety Commission investigations

    A former Tesla employee accused the company of failing to disclose safety risks from solar panels. 

    By Jason Plautz • Dec. 8, 2021
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    Reassessing the smart cities movement

    Smart Cities Dive asked 25 of the largest U.S. cities how they define a "smart city" and how that definition has evolved, the challenges they've faced in rolling out equitable policies and technologies, and their outlook for what's next.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Nov. 9, 2021
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    As Tesla, Ford and others invest billions in EVs, will the power system be ready?

    The new White House zero emission vehicle target of 50% of new car sales by 2030 has a long way to go, a short time to get there, and big challenges ahead.

    By Herman K. Trabish • Nov. 3, 2021
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    The wrong policies will hinder electrification — here's what we need to do

    The challenge is how to expand consumer adoption and speed up the transition to electric cars and efficient electric heating systems, writes a commissioner with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

    By Abigail Anthony • Oct. 21, 2021
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    We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet cities' pressing needs. Let's get it done.

    Passing the Biden infrastructure bill will have ripple effects across the U.S., writes Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, driving investments in areas including electric vehicles, energy efficiency and recycling infrastructure. 

    By Kate Gallego • Oct. 18, 2021
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    Time for utility companies to step up by supporting the Clean Electricity Performance Program

    Achieving more clean energy is feasible, affordable and would benefit our economy and public health without compromising power system reliability, writes Ceres' senior program director of climate and energy.

    By Dan Bakal • Oct. 15, 2021
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    Denver creates new role to advance building decarbonization incentives

    As buildings and homes account for 64% of the city's GHG emissions, the city created what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind role to support new strategies after voters greenlit a $40 million Climate Protection Fund last year.

    By Sept. 28, 2021
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    Portland, Maine, to bulk-purchase clean energy equipment in electrification push

    The “Electrify Everything” campaign focuses on voluntary measures. “If someone wants to decarbonize 100%, that’s great. But we know most people want help just taking the first step," said the city's sustainability coordinator.

    By Jason Plautz • Sept. 23, 2021
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    New technology necessary to meet utility decarbonization goals, experts warn

    Legislation before Congress could provide a crucial boost to various clean energy and other technologies needed to get the electric grid over the last hump, according to panelists at the National Clean Energy Week conference.

    By Scott Van Voorhis • Sept. 22, 2021
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    City leaders should expand their purview of electric transportation beyond cars, experts urge

    Bringing electrification to underserved communities will require access, collaboration and outreach, and an emphasis on electrifying school buses, public transit, ride-share and more, panelists at an ICF webinar said Tuesday.

    By Dan Zukowski • Sept. 16, 2021