CPS Energy Unveils Pilots to Incentivize Off-Peak EV Charging
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Texas public power utility CPS Energy on April 15 said it is introducing two pilot programs that incentivize electric vehicle home charging during off-peak energy demand hours and that help address drivers’ range anxiety. CPS Energy said the addition of the two new programs for customers who charge their EV at home is in line with its Flexible Path strategy.
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Although nine out of 10 Leaderboard utilities the Smart Electric Power Alliance surveyed said they have established 100-percent clean energy supply targets, just 18 percent of all 135 utility respondents have hit the halfway mark in meeting those targets, according to survey results released last week. Utilities with more ambitious, detailed decarbonization plans have made the most progress toward their goals, according to SEPA.
Dominion Energy will continue its transformation to clean energy by investing in multiple pilot programs using hydrogen as an energy source, as well as sponsoring research and development programs. Transitioning to hydrogen, an energy source that does everything natural gas can do but with fewer emissions, will help the company achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, the company said.
The world is reacting to President Joe Biden’s pledge to cut economywide carbon emissions in the U.S. in half by 2030 — and arguing over whether the commitment is too big or too small. Now climate and energy policy analysts and modelers will get busy charting how the country might actually reach that halfway mark by decade’s end.
Washington lawmakers last week passed legislation that would create a goal for all passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in the state of model year 2030 and after to be electric vehicles, five years ahead of California's similar target. The 2030 target was approved by the state legislature as an amendment to a bill that addressed preparation for a zero-emissions transportation future, and now awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.
Last week, New England utility Eversource announced that it is joining the Electric Highway Coalition. Comprised of seven of the nation’s leading utility companies, the coalition will advance clean energy by helping to enable EV drivers’ access to uninterrupted travel across major regions of the country. “This coalition makes range anxiety a thing of the past by creating an organized network of chargers along major highways,” said Eversource Vice President of Strategy and Policy Roger Kranenburg.
California public power utility Glendale Water & Power has launched a demand response program for residential and commercial customers. Through the peak savings program, customers will receive incentives for reducing demand on the electric grid on days when demand is highest. The program will be run by Franklin Energy, a provider of energy efficiency and grid optimization solutions.