Another City — San Jose, California — Goes All Electric in a Growing Trend

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In an effort to decarbonize, San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to embrace all electric buildings. The city council approved measures to boost efficiency in new non-residential buildings with gas infrastructure, beginning January 2020, and to ensure new buildings are electric vehicle (EV) ready. In addition, the city … [Read more...]

A 101 on New York’s Reexamination of Electric Resource Adequacy

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Jackson Morris and Cullen Howe, both of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), provide background on this week's decision by the New York Public Service Commission to reexamine electric resource adequacy in light of the evolving power system. Keeping the lights on is a vital responsibility that we all expect our elected officials and … [Read more...]

An Argument to Green the Grid with Batteries and a Lesson from the Auto Industry

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NRDC's Tom Rutigliano refutes the argument by PJM that batteries must be able to run for 10 hours to replace a generator. "It’s as if the oil industry made a rule that electric cars weren’t allowed on the road until they have the same range on batteries as gas powered cars," he explains. Consider for a moment why hybrid cars are so efficient: … [Read more...]

Berkeley, California Becomes First US City to Require Building Electrification

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Pierre Delforge, an NRDC senior scientist, describes an historic decision by the city of Berkeley, California that requires electrification of all new buildings — and the trend it may foretell. In a first for California and the nation, the Berkeley, CA, City Council passed a historic ordinance last night requiring that new buildings be built … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles Are Driving Utility Rates Down

NRDC's Max Baumhefner, senior attorney for the climate and clean Energy Program, explores how the proliferation of electric vehicles could potentially lower utility bills across the board.  Can the addition of more electric vehicles to the grid actually lower utility bills for all customers? A recently updated study demonstrated just that, … [Read more...]

Beneficial Electrification: Power as the Energy Source for Travel, Homes, Farms

Beneficial Electrification

NRDC's Derek Murrow describes a partnership with America’s Electric Cooperatives to bring 'beneficial electrification' to areas of the economy traditionally reliant on fossil fuels. What if your water heater could function as a backup battery for the electric grid, and your kids rode to school in a clean electric bus that charged overnight, … [Read more...]

What Exactly Do Green Banks Do? This Database Will Tell You

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The National Defense Resource Council's Bettina Begroo takes a look at the purpose of green banks and how they help tackle climate change.  The way UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put it last month upon appointing former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg as the Special Envoy for Climate Action, mobilizing capital resources from public and … [Read more...]

Study: Using EVs Instead of Stationary Batteries Could Save Billions

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NRDC's Pamela MacDougall and Vignesh Gowrishankar report on new energy storage research that indicates that using EVs for grid storage instead of stationary batteries could save electricity customers billions of dollars. Our clean energy future will require more energy storage to help ensure the lights stay on when the sun isn’t shining or the … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

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A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the … [Read more...]

A Bottom Up Network of Microgrids Takes Shape in Puerto Rico

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NRDC's Luis Martinez describes work by the organization and others shaping a network of microgrids in Puerto Rico, designed to make communities more energy resilient. Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest … [Read more...]