Recycle, Don’t Reuse, Those Valuable EV Batteries, For Now

EV batteries

Up to 65 GWH of EV batteries from retired plug-in cars are expected to enter the market by 2035—and there's a lot of money to be made from them. For now, it looks like recycling the EV batteries makes more sense than reusing them, but that may change with innovation in reuse technologies, said Chris Robinson, research associate for Lux Research … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

utility microgrids

American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Proposed Decision on EV Charging Wins Praise in California

EV Charging Station

Private EV charging providers and users are hailing a proposed decision before California regulators for its handling of competitive concerns. An administrative law judge filed the proposal November 14 before the California Public Utilities Commission (A.15-02-009) on a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install 7,500 charging … [Read more...]

Microgrid Future: Has Elon Musk Figured Out How to Make Kilowatts into Eye Candy?

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The news from Elon Musk late last week was that Tesla/Solar City will offer solar glass roofs. But his subtext was even more interesting. Beauty – and utility partnerships – will drive a microgrid future. Musk is taking heat for not providing enough engineering or pricing details during Friday’s announcement. True.  But what Musk did do, in his … [Read more...]

EarthSpark’s Haiti Microgrid “Fared Comparatively Well” in Hurricane Matthew & Other News

Haiti microgrid

EarthSpark Team Seeks Help Restoring Haiti Microgrid A team from EarthSpark, a non-profit that has developed a microgrid in Haiti, was caught in the hard-hit area of Les Anglais where Hurricane Matthew made landfall earlier this month. The team is safe, and they are now repairing the Les Anglais microgrid which they said fared comparatively … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Plans Grid of Microgrids; Wins Smart City Money

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Pittsburgh’s smart city project, one that includes a grid of microgrids, last week won an $11 million grant from the Department of Transportation for certain transportation features of the plan. The Pennsylvania city plans to create spines throughout the city that interconnect smart energy, transportation and communications. A goal is to improve … [Read more...]

Largest Energy Storage Project Yet in California Schools..and other Quick Energy Efficiency News

Green Charge Networks has inked a deal to install the largest energy storage project to date in a California school district, a 7.4 MWh system for San Diego's Grossmont Union High School District. The lithium battery systems will be placed at 14 sites in nine school district locations and used to target peak demand reduction. Green Charge … [Read more...]

Two California Utilities Get Creative with EV Charging

California is getting innovative with EV charging, having approved two utility proposals expected to expand charging and boost the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. In the first, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal by Southern California Edison to invest $22 million in its "Charge Ready and Market … [Read more...]

Did Energy Efficiency Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Environmental activists are patting themselves on the back following President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline last week. And they have good reason to do so. The sophisticated campaign strategy employed by 350.org and others will go down in the history books and no doubt be emulated by other environmental and social … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News… A Billionaire’s Clean Energy Bike and a Twist on Geothermal

Quick energy efficiency news for this week… Could your morning workout power a home? Billionaire Manoj Bhargava thinks so. As part of his new hobby to solve the world’s greatest problems – like universal access to clean energy – he built a battery-equipped stationary bike that can provide energy for a home’s basic energy needs, e.g. lights and … [Read more...]