Arizona Public Service Installs EV Fast-Charging Bank
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Electrify Commercial, a unit of Electrify America, said it opened a 350 kW EV charging station in Show Low, Arizona in collaboration with Arizona Public Service (APS). The station is the first operational station Electrify Commercial deployed as part of APS’ Take Charge AZ investment in EV fast charging. Located in a City Hall parking lot, the charging station has four chargers with two that offer 350 kW and can charge EVs in as little as 20 minutes.
Consumers are increasingly signaling their readiness to help meet the aggressive decarbonization goals being set by governments and their electricity providers, according to the latest report from the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative. However, the “2022 State of the Consumer” report also revealed that many consumers continue to need support from their electricity providers to gain equitable access to clean energy opportunities.
As the Tennessee Valley Authority is considering options for replacing two coal-fired power plants, three nominees to the federal power utility's board told a Senate panel on Wednesday they would explore adding more renewable energy to TVA's system. “TVA should be at the forefront of ensuring fair prices for ratepayers, incentivizing energy efficiency, and transitioning swiftly toward cleaner energy generation,” Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Carper said in a statement.
With the passage of a recent law in North Carolina, Duke Energy is seeking approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to procure a total of 1,300 MW of new solar capacity in North and South Carolina this year. Duke Energy currently has 4,200 MW of solar on the grid in North Carolina, produced by more than 40 solar plants in the state. North Carolina is fourth in the United States for overall solar capacity.
Through DTE Energy’s Charging Forward program, DTE and Lyft have agreed to incentivize the latter’s ride-share drivers to upgrade to electric vehicles with up to $5,000 provided to purchase or lease such vehicles and use on their jobs. It is the latest piece of the Charging Forward program, which began with charger rebates for customers.
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is piloting LO3 Energy’s Pando local energy marketplace platform. Green Mountain Power’s Sun Match pilot is aimed to enable low- and middle-income customers to benefit from solar power without them having to build their own systems. With solar power from an existing array, the pilot will offer up to 500 eligible customers the opportunity to sign up for a new solar rate, designed to encourage energy use at times when solar is plentiful.
A Massachusetts apartment complex has nearly completed an extensive and challenging clean energy overhaul, a process that planners say helped create a playbook for tackling difficult multifamily retrofits. The owners of the South Winds Apartment Community spent two years developing and executing a plan to tighten the envelopes of the complex’s 39 buildings, replace climate control systems with heat pumps and install solar panels on every available rooftop.
Hawaiian Electric is offering new incentives for its Battery Bonus program. The Battery Bonus program requires customers to use and/or export electricity stored in the battery on a firm two hour-schedule specified by Hawaiian Electric during the evening peak. The new incentives, which take effect June 1, include a monthly export credit for Battery Bonus participants who are not part of the company’s Net Energy Metering program.