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.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Smart Charging Boosts Role of Electric Vehicles in Balancing Evolving Power Grid

The smart grid evolution has unleashed opportunities for electric vehicles thanks to technologies that allow them to feed power back into the grid. Utilities and grid regulators are eyeing plug-ins as a flexible resource class helping address the intermittency of renewables and reduce peak power demand.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Partner With Utilities for Next Big Push in Electric Vehicles

The recent surge in electric vehicles (EVs) highlights the crucial role of electric utilities in developing comprehensive charging networks, including public charging stations. As more EVs draw electricity from distribution systems, state regulators must balance reliability, cost-effectiveness, and utility planning.

Legislative Proposal Drops $3B Funding Plan for EVs in California

California lawmakers have removed a $3 billion, 12-year electric vehicle (EV) funding plan from a bill aimed to provide EV rebates and incentives. Instead, the amended bill would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to study vehicle incentive programs. California, a leader in EV adoption, is being closely watched for regulatory actions that could shape policies in other states.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Legislative Proposal Drops $3B Funding Plan for EVs in California

California lawmakers have removed a $3 billion, 12-year electric vehicle (EV) funding plan from a bill aimed to provide EV rebates and incentives. Instead, the amended bill would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to study vehicle incentive programs. California, a leader in EV adoption, is being closely watched for regulatory actions that could shape policies in other states.

California Establishes Hybrid EV Infrastructure Ownership Structure in PG&E Plan

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a three-year pilot program allowing Pacific Gas & Electric
Company to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle charging ports at workplaces, disadvantaged communities, and multi-unit dwellings. The program components, including hybrid ownership and time-of-use rates, could inform other states exploring business models for utility involvement in EV infrastructure.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – California Establishes Hybrid EV Infrastructure Ownership Structure in PG&E Plan

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a three-year pilot program allowing Pacific Gas & Electric
Company to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle charging ports at workplaces, disadvantaged communities, and multi-unit dwellings. The program components, including hybrid ownership and time-of-use rates, could inform other states exploring business models for utility involvement in EV infrastructure.

New York Set to Revive Renewable Energy Industry

Key Takeaways: The Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative seeks a fundamental restructuring of New York’s centralized utility model in response to technology advancements and customer trends that favor decentralized power generation The 2015 New York State Energy Plan provides a roadmap to implement the REV strategy through increased renewable generation, energy efficiency, and emissions…

EPA Announces New Emissions Standards for Trucks and Trailers

Key Takeaways: The 2013 Climate Action Plan called for new standards to advance fuel economy and emissions reductions in the transportation sector Proposed Phase 2 standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles aim to achieve 24 percent improvement in fuel efficiency by 2027 The new standards will spur advancements in trucking technology, resulting in substantial costs…

Signed Energy Act Sets Tone for Upcoming Energy Legislation Debates

Insight for Industry – Energy Efficiency Improvement Act Will Reduce Energy Demand The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which President Obama signed into law on April 30, will add momentum to falling energy consumption per capita in the United States by reducing energy demand from commercial buildings, manufacturing plants, and homes. The relatively uncontroversial…