EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: Pennsylvania Strives to Embrace Clean Energy

Climate change and clean energy are figuring more prominently in Pennsylvania, which has been historically associated with coal and nuclear until the shale gas boom. Over the past year, Pennsylvania set the first statewide climate goals, committed to join the regional carbon market, funded solar projects, established alternative ratemaking, and unveiled a roadmap to boost electric vehicle adoption.

U.S. Energy Department to Invest $300 Million in Sustainable Transportation Initiatives

The U.S. Energy Department will provide funding to advance sustainable transportation resources and technologies, with a focus on spurring further innovation in advanced batteries, innovative hydrogen concepts, and biofuels. The funding opportunity will be issued on behalf of the agency’s three transportation offices – Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. The investment aims to…

EnerKnol Year Ahead: Five Must-Watch Power Sector Trends for 2020

State measures are transforming the way utilities procure energy in light of continued growth in intermittent large-scale energy, customer-sited generation, and clean energy commitments. Competition among U.S. states eager to take the lead in the nation’s nascent offshore wind sector is bringing the industry to new highs. Battery storage is poised for strong growth with the…...

Massachusetts Announces Two-Year Extension of Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced that rebates will be extended from Jan. 1 to last through at least Dec. 31, 2021 under the “Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles,” or MOR-EV, initiative, according to a Dec. 31 news release. The department will allocate at least $27 million per year in 2020 and 2021…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – State Roadmaps Pave the Way Towards Electric Vehicle Future

States are setting ambitious targets to grow the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. More than half a dozen states, including Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, have unveiled blueprints this year to reach the goals. EV roadmaps and action plans are helping states explore the role of utilities, regulators, and market participants in the evolving industry and develop the necessary regulatory guidance.

New Jersey Commission Aids Local Governments in Electrifying Their Fleets

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has put forward a $210,000 program that will support local governments in transitioning their fleets to electric vehicles, according to a Nov. 26 press release. The Clean Fleet EV Incentive program, which is funded primarily through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will incentivize the…

Xcel Energy Proposes Time-of-Use Programs for Wisconsin Residential EV Charging

Northern States Power Company proposed two residential electric vehicle charging programs to incentivize charging during off peak times, according to a Nov. 20 filing with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Customers would be provided with charging equipment and allowed to utilize time-of-use rates to charge their cars. To overcome the upfront cost barrier to EV…

California Bans Purchase of Combustion Engine Cars by State Agencies

California adopted a policy that prohibits state agencies from buying sedans powered by an internal combustion engine, except for certain public safety vehicles, according to a Nov.15 announcement by the Department of General Services. The department is also developing a policy, which will require state agencies, beginning next year, to purchase vehicles from manufacturers that…

California Sues Trump Administration Over Right to Set Auto Emission Rules

California, joined by 22 other states, filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to withdraw a 2013 waiver that allowed the state to set its own tailpipe pollution limits and zero-emission vehicle standards, according to a Nov. 15 news release. The agency acted in September to cancel the waiver as part of…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – U.S. States Push for Innovative Electric Vehicle Programs to Reach New Market Segments

More than a dozen states have enacted measures or advanced programs over the last six months to boost electric vehicle (EV) usage and attract private investment in charging infrastructure. Growing concern about emissions and climate change is drawing increased attention to the transportation sector, the nation’s biggest polluter.