Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

Judge switches course on conflict of interest case: Board members can vote on Sand Hills wind project

By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald

The wind is blowing in a new direction in Cherry County. A court order that had temporarily prevented two of the county’s board members from voting on an application for a 19-turbine wind farm in the Nebraska Sand Hills was vacated last week — a move that, for the time being, allows the county to hold a vote on the project. Continue reading here.

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Local EV Events

Learn more at the following community events about electric vehicles, including information on available incentives, and how, when and where to charge EVs:

 

 

 

National Drive Electric Week – Bellevue / Omaha, September 15, 2019, 12 to 4 pm,
Bellevue University Campus, 812 Bruin Boulevard, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005.

National Drive Electric Week – LincolnSeptember 22, 2019, 12 to 4 pm, HyVee Parking Lot, 5020 N 27th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68521

This plane can fly 500 miles, powered entirely by hydrogen

By Adele Peters, Fast Company

On a Friday afternoon a few months ago, a small six-seater plane soared over fields near Hollister, California. From the outside, it looked entirely normal. But instead of running on jet fuel, it was being powered by hydrogen. It was the largest zero-emissions plane to ever fly without support from fossil fuels.

ZeroAvia, the startup that designed the hydrogen-fueled electric powertrain inside the plane, has been testing the technology over the past year and emerged from stealth today. In 2022, it plans to begin supplying the powertrain for use in planes with as many as 20 seats, on flights up to 500 miles long. Read more here.

Resource for More Information
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy

Photo by ZeroAvia: The technology could see early adoption in places like Norway, where the government plans to move to 100% zero-emissions flights by 2040, but the whole industry is moving toward solutions to reduce emissions.

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PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE

Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage, Greentech Media
A former Navy prosecutor turned Montana-based clean energy developer wants to build the first pumped hydro storage facility the U.S. has seen in years. Battery installations are growing at a steady clip, but good old pumped hydro storage, which lifts water into elevated reservoirs for later use in generation, still utterly dominates the field. The 21.6 gigawatts of installed pumped hydro provide 97 percent of utility-scale storage on the U.S. grid, according to the National Hydropower Association.

‘Smart charging’ needed to help manage electric vehicles’ toll on power grid

Written by David Thill, Midwest Energy News

Midwest utilities’ plans for preventing electric vehicles from overwhelming the power grid are expanding beyond discounted rates for overnight charging. Time-of-use rates — still in the pilot phase for most utilities — are a big part of the strategy for keeping too many drivers from plugging in during peak hours. But with a potential electric vehicle boom on the horizon, more programs and technologies are being tested to help manage the expected load growth. Known as managed charging or smart charging, the terms broadly refer to any practices and programs to encourage responsible charging behavior. Read more here.



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Photo: ChargePoint’s “NOS,” the company’s system for charging station owners and hosts to use when managing the chargers at their sites.

Upcoming Events
Learn more at the following community events about electric vehicles, including information on available incentives, and how, when and where to charge EVs:

 

 


National Drive Electric Week – Bellevue / Omaha,
September 15, 2019, 12 to 4 pm,
Bellevue University Campus, 812 Bruin Boulevard, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005.

National Drive Electric Week – Lincoln, September 22, 2019, 12 to 4 pm, HyVee Parking Lot, 5020 N 27th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68521

Power for America, Utility Workers Launch First-of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Specialist Apprenticeship Program

Utility Workers Union of America News Release

The Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) and Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO have announced a unique, new union apprenticeship program that provides world-class skills training and a path to employment for in-demand jobs in the renewable energy sector. The Department of Labor (DOL)-certified, program provides individuals with specialized skills to remain at the forefront of the offshore and onshore wind, solar generation and battery storage fields.

“These are the jobs of the future and if we’re going to remain on the cutting edge of the energy industry, the skills we teach must reflect those of the ever-changing energy industry,” said Jon Harmon, P4A executive director. “This important program taps into P4A’s decade of success training and placing individuals in high-skilled positions that allow them to stand-out in the workplace and be placed in a good, family-supporting jobs.” Read more here.

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Southwest Power Pool moves to boost reliability, storage amid CEO resignation

By Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Board of Directors on Monday approved 21 stakeholder policy recommendations on critical issues, such as enhancing reliability and cost allocation for new transmission. The SPP’s Holistic Integrated Tariff Team (HITT), made up of 15 stakeholders, offered recommendations to prepare the regional transmission operator for the grid of the future, including improvements to the wholesale energy market.

The transmission operator’s generation portfolio has changed dramatically over the past decade, with 50 GW of wind, 28.5 GW of solar and 5.7 GW of storage in its interconnection queue as of June. Stakeholder recommendations focused on this reality, asking SPP staff to create a white paper on energy storage and the future impacts of a battery storage buildout. Read more here.

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Minn. storage law may put pressure on gas-fired peakers

By Ethan Howland, American Public Power Association

Under an omnibus energy and jobs bill that was signed into law on May 31 utilities must assess how energy storage could meet generation and capacity needs as well as provide ancillary services. The bill includes several additional provisions aimed at jump starting energy storage in the state. When seeking to build power plants or power lines, utilities must show that energy storage cannot more cost effectively meet customer demand.

study released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in June found that a “substantial portion” of peaking capacity in the United States could be replaced by energy storage facilities. The capacity of the national peaking power fleet is about 261 GW and about 150 GW of that capacity is likely to retire over the next 20 years, NREL estimated. That could lead to the potential for about 28 GW of 4-hour battery storage that could serve as peaking capacity, NREL said. Read more here.

Previously Posted Article by Ethan Howland
Report puts $4.5 trillion price tag on grid decarbonization

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Federal Grant to Help Fund Six Electric Buses

News Release, City of Lincoln Mayor’s Office

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has announced a $2.6 million federal transit grant that will support the City’s sustainability efforts by promoting the use of electric buses. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration as part of the Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No).

The City has been planning to replace six buses, and the grant will allow them to be replaced with electric buses rather than ones fueled by diesel or compressed natural gas (CNG). The grant will also fund three charging stations and additional training. The new buses will replace six diesel buses built in 2004. Each of those buses has logged an average of 450,000 miles. The electric buses are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2021 and in service the summer of 2021. Read more here.

EV rebates, incentives driving sales in Omaha area

By Jodi Baker, The Wire

Matt Lentz has always been fascinated by technology. But it was a ride in a friend’s Tesla a few months ago that convinced him to consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) for himself. “I was just astonished by the feel of the vehicle, how smooth it was,” he said, “and the power it had. Really fast.” From a more practical standpoint, “I appreciated the fact that you never have to purchase gasoline, and could go home and charge it in your garage for a very cheap rate.” Click here to continue reading and to learn about available rebates.

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Customer service begins at home: Tips from the top of the class, American Public Power Association

Discover 40 plug-in models with this EV Guide

Plug In America Resource

Considering an electric vehicle but not sure what options are available? Plug In America’s popular Electric Vehicle Guide lists 40 currently available all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with the retail price and mileage range, as of June 2019. The guide is available to download as a PDF.

To compare vehicles in greater detail, visit PlugStar.com. There, you can complete Plug In America’s EV Shopping Assistant, which makes personalized recommendations based on your budget, daily commute, access to charging, and many more considerations. Plus, you can find charging equipment, learn about incentives in your area, and connect with a PlugStar-certified dealer. And their EV Support Program will answer any questions you may have.

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Voices of 100% Podcast: Small Iowa Town Pushes for Energy Independence

By John Farrell, Energy Democracy Initiative Director,
Institute For Local Self-Reliance

How does a small city in southeastern Iowa plan to achieve energy independence and join the more than 100 cities across the country that are working toward ambitious goals to generate their electricity from renewable resources?

For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell spoke with Chris Ball, Community Development Director for the town of Bloomfield, Iowa. Bloomfield is a small town in southeastern Iowa with a population of about 2,600 people, aging homes, and its own municipal electric and gas utilities. At the urging of the town’s residents, Bloomfield is now pursuing ways to expand energy independence and reduce their reliance on imported energy by investing in solar, energy efficiency, and more. Listen to the full episode to learn how the town is taking action to support local, clean energy.

ADDITIONAL NEWS & RESOURCES

Environment America: Voices for 100% Renewable Energy

States of repair: governors, state legislatures find climate solutions, Environment America News Release. Six months ago, as new governors and state legislators took office, Environment America Research & Policy Center released a report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing a set of 12 actions governors could take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation. In the intervening months, Republican and Democratic governors from coast to coast have listened to their constituents’ bipartisan concerns about climate change and have taken action. At last count, 14 states took at least one of the actions laid out in the report. Colorado (8), Maine (6) and New Mexico (5) took action in the most categories.

RE100 Update: 185 RE100 companies have made a commitment to go ‘100% renewable’. Read about the actions they are taking and why. A growing number of them are encouraging their suppliers to make the commitment to 100% renewable energy.

Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Update: 130 cities have made the commitment to 100% clean and renewable energy for all.

FEATURED ENERGY CONSERVATION RESOURCE

Energy Savings At Home: Energy Star

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