California looks for ways to make it easier to deploy demand flexibility

As debate rages about the causes of grid fragility, especially in places like Texas and California, and renewables get caught in the crossfire, a crucial solution is often ignored: demand flexibility. Instead, politically driven sides call for fewer renewables and more fossil fuels — or more renewables and less fossil fuels. Others point to … [Read more...]

What States Have the Best Electrification Policies?

The folks who set up a friendly competition among the states to spur more energy efficiency are now bringing the same strategy to electric vehicles with a new electrification scorecard. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy this week released its first-ever ranking of how well states are doing in electrifying transportation. The … [Read more...]

Electrification Could Save as Much as $800 Billion: NREL

A new federal electrification study finds potential cost savings of $800 billion through 2050 by electrifying the US economy, depending on several variables including the extent of electrification. The report is the fifth installment in the National Renewable Energy Lab's (NREL) multiyear Electrification Futures Study (EFS) series, which … [Read more...]

Inside Xcel Energy’s Transportation Electrification Plan

Miles Muller and Max Baumhefner of NRDC, along with co-authors Joe Halso of Sierra Club and Aaron Kressig of Western Resource Advocates, describe a sweeping transportation electrification plan proposed by Xcel Energy and approved by Colorado regulators. Xcel Energy will deploy approximately 20,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at … [Read more...]

Denver Nonprofit to Showcase Fermata Energy Vehicle-to-Grid Charger

The Alliance Center, a Denver, Colorado, nonprofit that models innovative green building technologies, is installing a Fermata Energy bidirectional charger with demand-peak predictive software to reduce energy costs while tackling climate change. “Through our system of bidirectional charger married with our proprietary V2X software system, … [Read more...]

NY Seeks Researcher to Identify Industrials that Will Benefit from Electrification and Other Climate Measures

New York has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a researcher to help it identify industrial operations that offer the greatest opportunities for beneficial electrification, carbon reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) said that the research will focus on … [Read more...]

Who is Funding Electrification?

Funding electrification is likely to be a high priority for the Biden administration as it enacts new climate policies in the U.S. But as is often the case when it comes to energy transformation, bellwether states are already ahead of the game. Some of these states are tapping into the $3 billion pool of funds from the settlement with … [Read more...]

EVs to Create Dramatic Rise in Demand for Graphite

Demand for graphite is set to skyrocket 500% because of the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) and U.S. clean energy and electrification efforts under the Biden administration, according to a mining company Lomiko in Quebec City. The U.S. does not produce domestic graphite, which is used in lithium batteries for electric vehicles, so it relies on … [Read more...]

Rockefeller Foundation Forms Coalition to Electrify the World within the Decade

Noting that one in 10 people globally still lack access to electricity, The Rockefeller Foundation has formed a global coalition to bring sustainable power to one billion people within this decade.  The philanthropic organization was joined by the African Development Bank, CDC Group, the U.K.'s development finance institution, the European … [Read more...]

DOE Offers Up to $35M to Accelerate Batteries and Electrification

The U.S. Department of Energy is making $35 million available to support research into batteries and electrification with concept papers due February 5 and full applications due on April 7. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the program is part of an effort by the federal government to find more affordable, … [Read more...]