An EV Charging Program Aims to Help NYC’s Grid
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In New York City and two surrounding counties, electric vehicle owners now have a new way to make some cash. On Wednesday, utilities Con Edison and Orange & Rockland announced they have retooled their marquee rewards program for “smart” EV charging – and this time, it’s allowing the EVs themselves to take a leading role.
In recent years, external forces – including advances in technology, the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation and climate change, to name a few – have had a tremendous effect on the energy industry and on energy consumers. As the landscape continues to shift, what does not change is the need for collaboration among all stakeholders in the energy industry and the consumers they serve.
As the EV market continues to blossom, utilities continue to focus their innovation and business development efforts on EVs. In fact, the Biden administration issued new standards to American automakers challenging them to increase EV manufacturing to account for 50 percent of all vehicles by 2030. As the number of EVs increases, how can utilities ensure their investments are used the most efficiently and effectively?
ecobee is proud to announce that the U.S Environmental Protection Agency has named it an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the third year in a row. The Sustained Excellence award recognizes ecobee for its long-term commitment to innovating smart home products that improve energy efficiency and help tackle climate change.
In 2021, Mike Pineault decided he wanted to dump his oil-fired boiler and replace it with a carbon-cutting heat pump. Because heat pumps come in a wide variety of types, Pineault, an attorney living in eastern Massachusetts, did a ton of research trying to understand the best kind of system for his home.
Satisfaction with the cost and time of charging an electric vehicle at home has declined over the past year, according to a new study by J.D. Power. A total of 83 percent of electric vehicle owners use Level 2 portable or permanently mounted home charging stations, their satisfaction with the cost of charging declined from last year’s 2022 study by more than 30 points, on a 1,000-point scale, in each segment, the report found.
President Joe Biden’s administration is making $450 million available for solar farms and other clean energy projects at the site of current or former coal mines, part of his efforts to combat climate change. As many as five projects nationwide will be funded through the 2021 infrastructure law, with at least two projects set aside for solar farms, the White House said Tuesday.
Last year, municipal utility Seattle City Light launched a project to install approximately 30 public, fast electric vehicle chargers across Seattle. While many cities are building EV charging stations to support vehicle electrification and city climate goals, City Light’s pilot project was unique in how it chose its EV charger locations.