The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced it will fund $13.4 million to help community-driven projects focusing on improving transportation. The projects will be focused on alternative fuels and infrastructure to support natural gas, propane, biofuels, hydrogen and electricity.
California has ambitious goals for electrifying its transportation sector, shooting for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. To support this, California’s investor-owned utilities recently were approved to launch a series of pilot projects intended to boost deployment of electric cars, including testing rate designs, smart chargers and launching educational efforts.
In an effort to set us the state for deployment of distributed energy resources, Rhode Island is seeking comments on a plan to modernize its grid system. One of the proposals involves creating an implementation road map, which would consist of heat maps that outline capacity of local distribution systems to sustain distribution generation resources.
The City Council of Autsin, Texas, voted recently to set the city on course for meeting using renewable energy sources to produce 65% of its electricity goals by 2027, making it one of the most ambitious goals in the United States. This is an extension of a 55% target by 2025, which the city reports is on track to hit.