Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is taking the reins when it comes to encouraging its employees to consider electric vehicles (EV). The utility is continuing its industry leading efforts in the electric vehicle space by opening the largest, single-building EV charging installation in California. As part of its employee personal vehicle charging program, the company opened 90 additional EV charging stations at its Bishop Ranch campus in San Ramon. PG&E’s employee charging network now includes 400 level 2 chargers for employee use with plans to add an additional 200 more chargers during 2016.
The Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), a coalition of electric vehicle charging organizations and companies, is coming down hard on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a recently submitted proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). According to EVCA, the $654 million proposal to build 25,100 electric vehicle charging stations in PG&E territory asks for too broad a control over EV charging that will cost ratepayers, inhibit innovation, and limit customer choice. The CPUC has shut down the proposal.
One can assume that battery electric vehicles (EV) are cleaner than traditional gasoline fueled cars, but do they really reduce the emissions that fuel climate change?Credit: Tomwang112According to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) comparing them to gasoline cars over their lifetime, the answer is yes.Over their entire lifetimes — from manufacturing to driving to disposal — battery electric cars produce half the global warming emissions, on average, of comparably sized gasoline cars. In addition, driving a battery electric vehicle is cleaner than the average gasoline vehicle on global warming emissions everywhere in the country, and has been improving over the last three years.
The connected home might play a bigger role in the future of energy than you think, but it hasn’t taken off as quickly as many people had hoped. That’s because energy efficiency items like Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Nest thermostat, smart locks, or LED light bulbs are nice items by themselves; but if you have enough of them, you could be overwhelmed with apps to control your house. To complicate matters, there are exciting and complex energy changes coming down the pipeline, like rooftop solar energy, energy storage, electric vehicle charging, and smart appliances that could help save you money and make your life easier. But even the most enthusiastic energy saver doesn’t want a dozen touch points or apps to make sure devices operate as efficiently as they should.
In a statement issued today, SemaConnect, the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American property market, congratulated California utilities Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric for their intent to expedite the deployment of charging station infrastructure within their service areas. At the same time, the charging station leader urged the state’s regulatory agency to support this much-needed boost to electric vehicle deployment.
US-based regulated public utility firm San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will put in place electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at up to 550 business and multi-family sites in the Californian region under its pilot program Electric Vehicle Grid-Integration.In that direction, the SDG&E will work in association with environmental groups, electric vehicle service providers, automakers and labor bodies, among others, as per an agreement made for the project. It has been sent to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for review and a final decision is likely later this year.
PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of The Navy Yard, has selected Landis+Gyr to lay the foundation for a modern and comprehensive energy infrastructure at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. This project will start with the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure solution elements, including both smart meters and a Gridstream communications network, meter data management software and associated cloud based services. The scope of work, once installed and implemented, will provide an open platform for follow-on efforts that will include adding smart building technology, energy storage systems, integration of renewable energy offerings including wind and solar, distribution automation capability and electric vehicle support.
Revenue in both residential and commercial segments of the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging market is expected to increase in the coming years as the industry for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) continues to evolve, according to Navigant Research.
It’s difficult to own an electric vehicle if you don’t own a house and thus lack consistent overnight access to an EV charger. Even with the availability of public and workplace charging, most drivers will want to plug in at home to ensure they have a full charge for the next day.
Can a power grid manage the load when 250 million electric vehicles (EVs) are all plugged in at the end of rush hour? Can the batteries of plugged-in electric vehicles act as a power reserve to help utilities smooth generating load?
The spread of plug-in vehicles (both all-electric and hybrid) is forcing a convergence of the automotive and electric power industries. Meeting these challenges will require “thinking across the plug,” with vehicles talking to the grid and collaboration between utility and vehicle engineers. Leading technologists from the automotive industry and the electric utilities will talk about how their sectors are collaborating to design the electric vehicle/smart grid network of the future.
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