Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

Video – OPPD Bracing For Future With Electric Cars: Power Provider Needs Data From EV Owners To Plan Ahead

By David Earl, KETV Omaha

Thousands of dollars in savings are on the table until the end of the month for Omaha Public Power District customers in Douglas County. The public power provider is trying to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles and the charging station you’d need in your home to power the car.

Funding for the OPPD incentives is made possible through the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The power provider had enough money for 50 $4,500 rebates that apply to the purchase of an electric vehicle and the specific charging station. As of Wednesday, they had just 11 rebates left to claim. Watch the video or read the transcript here.

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Report: EV adoption could eventually save Minnesotans billions, Energy News Network
A recent report says increasing the use of plug-in electric vehicles in Minnesota will reduce utility bills, improve air quality and create an infrastructure allowing utilities to manage increasing demand. The cost-benefit analysis shows net benefits statewide could range from $4.6 billion to more than $30 billion depending on the level of plug-in electric vehicle adoption.

Innovative Group Purchasing Initiative: Phoenix Joins Other Cities in Program to Buy Electric Vehicles

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PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix has four new electric vehicles in its municipal fleet, and could invest in many more. Phoenix is one of several cities around the country that has committed to combating climate change through the Climate Mayors coalition. In a new initiative called the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, cities are saving on buying electric vehicles by joining together to purchase in large quantities. Continue reading here.

Photo: The city of Phoenix has purchased two Nissan Leafs and two Chevy Bolts through a nationwide program aimed at helping cities buy electric vehicles. Credit: Noya Fields/Flickr

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At Global Climate Action Summit ChargePoint Makes Commitment to Deploy 2.5 Million Charging Ports by 2025

ChargePoint News Release: Electric Vehicles Drive a Sustainable Future

“Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025 comes as the company embarks on the most significant period of growth in our history and in the midst of a revolution in transportation.” – Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint

Read more here.

Learn about ChargePoint and other EV chargers from the owners of electric vehicles, as well as experts in the field, this Sunday at the following event: National Drive Electric Week – Lincoln

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City’s electric vehicle charging stations up-and-running

By Colin Larson, Fremont Tribune

The City of Fremont recently completed installation of two ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations — located in downtown Fremont, and along the 23rd Street corridor . . . The city purchased the two ChargePoint stations with help from a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust through the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance. The city received a $300,000 grant toward Solar Farm No. 2, 50 percent of the cost of two ChargePoint public electric vehicle charging stations, and 50 percent of the cost of five plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Kia Niro crossover vehicles. Read more here.

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Electric car and bicycle show draws admirers

Written by Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald

The license plates were the first sign that this car show was a bit different. “4GET OIL” “GAS LOL” and “LOVE EV2”. An electric car — and bicycle — show on the campus of Creighton University on Sunday drew a steady flow of viewers. For the most part, it seemed like any other car show: Proud owners chatting with admiring, even envious spectators. Continue reading here.

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Electric cars make stop at Creighton University, by Steve Saunders, Fox 42 KPTM

OMAHA, Neb. (FOX42KPTM — Dead silence almost makes it hard to believe Ken Deffenbacher’s car is even on. “The maintenance is very low,” he said, “virtually non-existent.” That’s just one of the many reasons why Deffenbacher says he got the all-electric Chevy Bolt. He had his $37,000 car on display at Creighton Sunday. It was all part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric week. Read more here.

Fox 42 KPTM Photo: Nebraskans for Solar board member Ken Deffenbacher and KPTM reporter Steve Saunders

Top Photo: Nebraskans for Solar Board member Jared Friesen shown charging his new Nissan LEAF with the solar generators NFS was able to purchase and lend to schools and other nonprofit groups for public events–thanks to a grant from the Omaha Venture Group.
Credit: David Corbin, Nebraskans for Solar Board member and Nebraska Sierra Club Executive Committee Chair

Click here to view all of David’s photos of the event.
The National Drive Electric Week-Omaha event at Creighton University was sponsored by Nebraska Sierra Club and co-sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar and OPPD. National sponsors – Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association and Nissan LEAF. 

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Myth or fact? Electric vehicles

AWEA signs the Transportation Electrification Accord

By Hanna Hunt, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Today, AWEA joins Fortune 500 companies, including automakers and electric utilities, consumer advocates, labor groups, and other organizations to sign the Transportation Electrification Accord. We couldn’t be more excited to join this diverse and growing list of companies and organizations working to evolve our transportation sector in a manner that not only provides economic and social benefits, but also recognizes renewable energy’s critical role in electrification across the country.

Launched in June, the Accord is a set of guiding principles for supporting transportation electrification in all its forms, from the family car to the school bus to the heavy-duty truck. The Accord’s principles highlight the benefits of accelerated deployment of electric vehicles (EV) and their charging infrastructure, as well as the need to support transportation electrification at the state and local government levels. Continue reading here.

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  • Employee owned engineering firm installing advanced electric vehicle charging on campus, PV Magazine.
    Burns & McDonnell, a 6,000-strong engineering firm, is installing a Greenlots EV charging network and integrating it into the company’s campus network. The engineers hope to offer EV related services to their many electric utility customers.
  • There’s a Plug-Free Way to Fill the World With Electric Vehicles, Bloomberg: The wireless-charging startup Hevo is developing a solution for cities where it could be too crowded to charge cars. Hevo has raised $4.5 million to date in a bid to solve that problem, with funding evenly split between venture capital and government grants. After wrapping up 10 pilot projects across four countries and four U.S. states, the seven-year-old startup is now moving into manufacturing. The company has set up shop in a factory in New York where it plans to soon crank out its first 25 wireless chargers.
  • Iowa launches electric vehicle infrastructure proceeding, Utility Dive
    Iowa had less than 2,000 EVs on the road last year and lacked any sort of purchase or statewide charging incentive, according to advocacy group Plug in America. But Iowa’s recent interest in transportation electrification puts it in good company, along with much of the country. A report from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) last month found 36 states and the District of Columbia took actions related to EVs in the second quarter of this year.

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CORPORATE RENEWABLES PROCUREMENT NEWS: AGGREGATION

Aggregation paves the way for a more diverse corporate renewables market, by Roberto Zanchi, Senior Associate, Business Renewables Center, Rocky Mountain Institute. Published by GreenBiz

This essay was contributed by one of the NGOs that make up the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a consortium dedicated to growing large buyer demand for renewable power and helping utilities and others meet it. You can find the other articles here.

Akamai, Apple, Etsy and Swiss Re last month announced a renewable energy purchase that the four companies negotiated together, with technical support from their advisor 3Degrees. The collaboration among the four buyers may be the first successful all-corporate execution of “aggregation” — a process whereby two or more buyers leverage their collective purchasing power and enhance their chances of success — in renewable virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) in the United States.

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Utility-backed fund raises $681 million for advanced energy technologies

Myth or fact? Electric vehicles

 By Laura King-Homan, OPPD Blog, The Wire

Many drivers have questions about how electric vehicles (EVs) work and their impact on the environment. In conjunction with National Drive Electric Week, we answer seven myths with facts about electric vehicles. OPPD launched its EV pilot rebate program in June.

In its first 90 days, 22 chargers and 25 car and charger rebates were paid to customers. More applications are awaiting approval. Since the program began, Nissan has increased its sale of the Leaf electric vehicle, selling 11 in the Omaha metro.

MYTH #1: EVs have a limited driving range for a full charge. Click here to get the facts.

NEBRASKA DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK EVENTS

Omaha
Sunday, September 9, 2018
11 am to 3 pm
Creighton University Skutt Student Center Ballroom
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Register Here 

Lincoln
Sunday, September 16, 2018
12 pm to 4 pm
Hy-Vee parking lot
5020 N 27th Street Hy-Vee
Lincoln, Nebraska 68521
Register Here.

Study: Using EVs Instead of Stationary Batteries Could Save Billions

Guest Post, Microgrid Knowledge

NRDC’s Pamela MacDougall and Vignesh Gowrishankar report on new energy storage research that indicates that using EVs for grid storage instead of stationary batteries could save electricity customers billions of dollars.

study recently published by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) shows that the electric vehicles (EVs) expected in California in 2025 could be used to meet the majority of the Golden State’s energy storage mandate that calls for 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of battery capacity by 2024. In fact, EVs can accomplish this both reliably and at about one-tenth the cost of stationary energy storage approaches. This level of storage could power nearly one million average homes, at least for a short while. That EVs can be this valuable to the grid is a hugely significant finding. Read more here.

Image Credit: Jessica Russo, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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Union of Concerned Scientists Report – Electric vs. Diesel vs. Natural Gas: Which Bus is Best for the Climate?

By Jimmy O’Dea, Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Battery electric buses range from 1.4 to 7.7 times better than a diesel bus, as shown in miles per gallon emissions-equivalency. Another way of saying this is that a diesel bus has nearly 1½ to 8 times the global warming emissions as an electric bus, depending on the region.

And the grid is getting cleaner every year. Emission rates from electricity have steadily declined the last sixteen years. Transit agencies can also choose cleaner power than what’s provided on their grids by installing solar panels and batteries on site or through renewable electricity contracts. Read more here.

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Record wind farm construction underway at close of second quarter

American Wind Energy Association News Release

U.S. wind farms surpass 90 GW with strong demand from Fortune 500 brands and utilities.

WASHINGTON — A record amount of wind energy capacity is now under construction at wind farms across America, according to second quarter results released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Strong demand for low-cost wind power from utilities and other buyers, including major corporations like AT&T and Walmart this quarter, continues to drive the industry’s growth.

“Wind power’s job creating engine just kicked into a higher gear,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “And all Americans will benefit as the record number of wind farms under construction begin delivering new revenue to rural communities and affordable homegrown energy to consumers.” Read the entire news release here.

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