Contributed by Joyce Bodoh, director of energy solutions and clean energy
at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Energy News Network
EVs available today can go as far as 400 miles on a single charge — welcome news to drivers with longer than average commute of 30 miles a day. New all-electric models hitting the market include pick-up trucks, EVs that seat up to seven passengers, and plug-in hybrid minivans. EVs are not just available in the new car market, either. The used car EV market that is expanding as well and available at a variety of price points.
As the director of energy solutions and clean energy at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (“REC”), I support electric transportation efforts for the cooperative and promote the benefits of EVs to our member-owners. REC is an electric cooperative that provides electricity to 170,000 member-owners across Virginia. Read more here.
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NATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK 2021
National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. Learn more here.
LINKS TO RESOURCES
- Alternative Fuels Data Center, Department of Energy
- Charged Electric Vehicle Magazine
- Charge Up Midwest
- Clean Cities Coalition Network
- Electric Auto Association
- Electric Drive Transportation Association
- Electrify America
- EV World
- Fully Charged Show, YouTube Videos
- Green Car Congress
- Green Car Reports
- National Drive Electric Week
- Nebraska Community Energy Alliance
- Plug In America
- Plug In Cars
- Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All Campaign
- Solar Charged Driving
FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan Supercharges the Future of Transportation and Manufacturing, The White House Briefing Room
MORE ON U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE
- With huge grid infrastructure investment looming, NextEra, PG&E offer lessons on the key role of ESG. Utility Dive article contributed by Ryan P. Martin, principal at LDR Advisory Partners, and Jan Maceczek, associate at LDR Advisory Partners
While far from the panacea that would be required to address increasingly critical infrastructure challenges, the [Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act] — in its latest form — allocates over $70 billion for modernizing the nation’s electricity grid so that it can carry more renewable energy, marking the single largest federal investment in power transmission in history. With grid resiliency in the spotlight after events like this year’s power crisis, the spotlight remains on utilities and energy providers to prudently invest the federal injection to ensure that an event of this caliber (or worse) never happens again.
- Previously Posted: 10 Reasons Why the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Benefits All Americans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- AEP has most to gain among US utilities from transmission reforms, incentives: Morgan Stanley, Utility Dive
- FERC Chair Glick wants mandatory winterization standards for power plants following Texas grid failure, Energy News Network
GRAIN BELT EXPRESS
New Illinois law could move Grain Belt Express forward, Missouri Times
The project would bring $1 billion in infrastructure investment to Illinois and create 1,200 jobs across three years of construction, according to Invenergy. It would develop an overhead and direct transmission line of approximately 780 miles delivering wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and consumers in Missouri and other states, according to its website.
Click “Project Status” at the link, below, then scroll down to watch a brief video.
MINNESOTA VIRTUAL POWER PLANT PILOT PROJECT
Minneapolis battery pilot will test vision for sharing solar power with neighbors, Energy News Network. Four batteries are being installed at a North Minneapolis green jobs training center in one of the country’s first “virtual power plant” pilot projects. Each battery will simulate a household buying and selling power with neighbors.
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