How do you make EVs cool everywhere in the US?

It’s becoming increasingly clear that electric vehicles, or EVs, create fertile ground for microgrids and vice versa.  Microgrids are being built to provide electricity for EVs in places where the grid isn’t up to the task or where EV customers seek greener or more reliable power. Meanwhile, more microgrid developers are incorporating EV … [Read more...]

Fast cars and (energy) freedom: Porsche goes microgrid

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) is investing $50 million in a renovation project that includes a solar microgrid and an expansion of the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta, a unique venue that allows you to let your inner Formula E driver loose on a driver development track in a Taycan, Porsche's first all-electric sports car. The company … [Read more...]

Eight changes (all good) that microgrid insiders see emerging from the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which became law August 16 with President Joe Biden's signature,  is expected to significantly cut costs for microgrids by creating new tax credits and extending existing ones for technologies used within microgrids, such as solar, storage and microgrid controllers But what else will the $430 billion law … [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...]

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...]