29. June 2016 · Comments Off on Pacific Gas and Electric opens largest EV charging install in CA · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Pacific Gas and Electric opens largest EV charging install in CA – SmartGridNews

30. March 2016 · Comments Off on EVCA: Pacific Gas and Electric proposal could use a makeover  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: EVCA: Pacific Gas and Electric proposal could use a makeover – SmartGridNews

18. November 2015 · Comments Off on EVs: Cleaner over a lifetime  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: EVs: Cleaner over a lifetime – SmartGridNews

25. October 2015 · Comments Off on Energy Innovation: How Apple and Alphabet Are Changing the Game · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Energy Innovation: How Apple and Alphabet Are Changing the Game — The Motley Fool

03. July 2015 · Comments Off on SemaConnect Congratulates California Utilities for Planned Build-Out of Electric Vehicle Charging Networks · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: SemaConnect Congratulates California Utilities for Planned Build-Out of Electric Vehicle Charging Networks, Urges… — WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —