U.S. Electricity Demand on Thanksgiving Features Late Morning Peak, Black Friday Resembles Weekend Pattern: EIA

Electricity usage pattern on the Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of November every year, is unlike other normal weekdays as demand peaks in the late morning when families prepare meals and gather to celebrate the holiday, according to a Nov. 20 report from the Energy Information Administration. Overall electricity demand on Thanksgiving Day tends to…

California’s Efforts to Cut Transportation Emissions Are Inadequate: CARB Report

California is not on track to meet the emission reductions expected under the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 that required the state’s 18 metropolitan planning organizations to incorporate “Sustainable Communities Strategies” in their regional transportation plans to cut emissions from driving, according to a report from the California Air Resources Board. The report…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Rapid EV Growth Prompts Focus on Rate Design for Charging Services

The continued growth in electric vehicle (EV) adoption has led state regulators to pay more attention to business models and rate designs that facilitate wider availability of charging infrastructure. Most recently, Pennsylvania took a big step towards innovative and dynamic pricing by clarifying that third party EV charging is not considered resale or redistribution of power. California is considering a utility proposal to replace demand charges with new subscription pricing, allowing customers to select the required amount of power for their stations. New York is analyzing the characteristics of charging systems to foster EV participation as a distributed resource. Iowa is examining business models for EV charging, while Illinois is exploring rate structures and charging practices to guide efficient integration of electric vehicles.