Regulate EV Charging or No? Missouri Regulators Find Answer in Laundromats

Regulate EV Charging

In a recent decision about whether the Missouri Public Service Commission should regulate EV charging and allow utilities to recover costs of charging infrastructure in rates, the PSC argued that it doesn't regulate laundromats that need electricity to operate, and shouldn't regulate EV charging. What’s more, it shouldn’t allow utilities to … [Read more...]

Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

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With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]

Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

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Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Seeks Clean Energy Ideas for Gas Station Resiliency During Power Outages

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Massachusetts is looking for innovative ideas to shore up gas station resiliency as part of its wider effort to boost clean energy. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking expressions of interest -- a precursor to a funding offer -- for demonstration projects that can help keep the lights on at gas stations during power … [Read more...]

Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today’s Wild West?

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We're in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we're headed -- and it's big. Davis sees blockchain technology rehaping two of the pillars of our industrial economy: the grid and personal mobility. How can this happen? One … [Read more...]

Microgrid Testing Now Large Focus at Smart Grid Labs

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Microgrid testing has become a large focus at smart grid research labs, according to survey results recently released by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). SGIP, a non-profit consortium of energy-related stakeholders, found that more than half of the labs surveyed now have microgrid test beds. In its second year, the 2016 North … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]

Higher-Priced, Fast EV Charging Proposed for Some PG&E Areas

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PG&E customers have told the utility they want more fast EV charging options, but those come at a higher price, as outlined in a new proposal from the utility that aims to get more of the vehicles on the road. To create the infrastructure needed for DC fast chargers, which can fully charge an EV in about 20 to 30 minutes, the utility must … [Read more...]

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

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New England’s largest utility last week petitioned regulators to pre-approve $100 million for energy storage in Massachusetts and $45 million for electric vehicle infrastructure. Eversource sought the approvals as part of a $400 million grid modernization plan, included within a rate hike petition that the utility filed with the Massachusetts … [Read more...]