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.
While most attention typically focuses on energy efficiency related to electric consumption, a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy examines opportunities for natural gas efficiency. The report explores best practices for achieving energy savings in this sector.
This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program began a labeling initiative for commercial and industrial products such as like fans, pumps and air compressors. The Energy Star program helps consumers identify trusted high-efficiency products.
A report published jointly by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project indicates that U.S. states could save consumers $113 billion by adopting higher efficiency standards for various appliances.
The International Energy Agency published a report showing investments worldwide in energy efficiency products and services totaling $231 billion. This is an investment increase of 9% compared to 2015. The United States’ investment was $41 billion.
A report by the Energy Transition Lab of the University of Minnesota finds that deployment of a solar energy storage project by 2022 may be more cost-effective than building a new gas peaking plant.
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award $19.4 million to help support research and development of 22 technologies in the advanced vehicle industry. These include areas such as batteries, lightweight design, new engines and others.