Energy & Utilities: Page 3


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    Opinion

    The US could still get to net-zero

    The country could reduce nearly 90% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 without any Hail Mary innovations.

    By Michael Jung and Adam Agalloco • Dec. 1, 2023
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    As building performance standards gain steam, noncompliant owners face business risks

    Some cities respond to policy violations with financial penalties, but green lease clauses and submetering provide other levers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says real estate firm CBRE.

    By Joe Burns • Updated Dec. 11, 2023
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    DOE releases $31M+ in grants for retrofits, infrastructure upgrades

    Some cities will use the funds for resilience hubs, while others plan to conduct energy audits and upgrade facilities. Local governments can continue applying for the grants through April 2024.

    By Nish Amarnath • Nov. 28, 2023
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    Without significant interventions, US building emissions will continue to increase

    Federal, regional and local government bodies must collaborate to create “consistent and stringent building standards,” a new report says.

    By Nish Amarnath • Nov. 27, 2023
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    Plans to get an entire block off the natural gas system take shape in one California city

    Albany, California, wants to lay the groundwork for widescale adoption of this emerging building decarbonization approach.

    By Nov. 20, 2023
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    2 years in, infrastructure law has funded 40,000 projects

    The largest portion of 2021 infrastructure law money is flowing to road and bridge construction, according to White House data analyzed by CNBC.

    By Julie Strupp • Nov. 17, 2023
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    Electric buses: Boom times and bumpy roads

    Manufacturers are struggling to meet the demand spurred by federal funding and programs that encourage transit agencies to shift to zero-emission buses.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    Boston ends efforts to ban fossil fuels in new buildings through state program

    Massachusetts’ largest city pursued inclusion in the state climate pilot program, but the mayor reported she got “clear indications” that Boston would not be selected for the last of 10 spots.

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Opinion

    Big power’s EV charging strategy: Raise rates, overpromise, underdeliver, repeat

    We grant publicly regulated utilities certain privileges in exchange for reliability and affordability. When they try to leverage that privilege to corner a new market, they deserve plenty of pushback.

    By Jay Smith • Nov. 6, 2023
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    Ørsted cancels two offshore wind projects along New Jersey coast

    The projects became financially unworkable due to supply chain problems and increased interest rates, the company said. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called Ørsted’s decision “outrageous.”

    By Diana DiGangi • Nov. 2, 2023
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    How cities can decarbonize delivery in the era of online orders

    A new action guide by the National League of Cities points to emerging policies and technologies to combat increasing air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.

    By Nov. 1, 2023
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    DOE issues draft plan to speed up, improve grid interconnections

    The draft road map aims to transform grid interconnection processes, a major hurdle to the Biden administration’s goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035.

    By Ethan Howland • Oct. 27, 2023
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    Los Angeles region to accelerate clean energy efforts in run-up to 2028 Olympics

    The road map sets new and more granular decarbonization targets, said a co-chair of the public-private partnership behind the plan.

    By Oct. 26, 2023
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    Debate swirls at NYC hearing on proposed delays to building emissions enforcement

    Participants weighed in on whether “good-faith efforts” toward compliance should delay penalties and whether renewable energy credits provide a worrisome loophole.

    By Joe Burns • Updated Oct. 30, 2023
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    DOE announces ‘largest-ever investment in America’s grid,’ giving $3.5B across 44 states

    The awards include smart grid grants of around $1 million to individual cities.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 20, 2023
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    How many chargers will the Northeast’s electric trucks need? National Grid aims to find out.

    The U.S. Department of Energy-funded analysis will span some of the nation’s largest cities, targeting highways with heavy trucking traffic and commercial areas such as ports.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 17, 2023
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    DOE selects 7 hydrogen hubs for $7B funding opportunity

    The selection of several hubs focused on hydrogen production from fossil fuels and carbon capture drew the ire of environmental groups.

    By Emma Penrod • Oct. 16, 2023
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    NYC project looks to support climate law with building inspection tech

    The AI-powered technology under development uses robots and drone scans to detect structural flaws that reduce energy efficiency.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 16, 2023
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    Reworking the grid for offshore wind is a matter of ‘extreme urgency’: Clean energy company exec

    The need to solve transmission and interconnection issues has become more acute as the Inflation Reduction Act pumps billions of dollars into renewable energy production.

    By Diana DiGangi • Oct. 13, 2023
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    Clean energy transition in buildings could create 2M+ jobs in US, Europe

    The study by Schneider Electric and Boston University estimates which U.S. regions will see the most new jobs as more buildings get solar PV, heat pumps and battery storage.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 12, 2023
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    Vermont utility wants to give all customers battery storage to prevent outages

    Green Mountain Power aims to shift the state’s grid to a distributed system — a future the utility’s CEO envisions for the entire U.S.

    By Diana DiGangi • Oct. 11, 2023
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    New alliance aims to turn this Rust Belt city into a ‘Green Belt’ hub

    The Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance wants $1 billion in federal funding for a “Rust Belt to Green Belt Initiative,” indicating the region is ready to move past its nickname from the 1970s.

    By Oct. 10, 2023
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    Notable 2024 conferences for smart city leaders

    Plan for this year's events, which will cover everything from the latest tech innovations to urban parks.

    By Updated Feb. 8, 2024
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    Are EV tax credits too hard to use? The Biden administration thinks so.

    In January, car shoppers will be able to transfer their clean vehicle tax credits to dealers to lower the purchase price of electrified vehicles.

    By Michael Brady • Oct. 9, 2023
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    ‘Empty’ federal buildings under scrutiny

    Unused office space poses financial and environmental issues federal agencies must address, lawmakers from both parties said at a Senate committee hearing.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 9, 2023