Con Edison Boosts Commitment to Clean Energy Future
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Con Edison, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies with roughly $12 billion in annual revenues and $63 billion in assets, now plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions from its own facilities and operations by 2040. “We are aggressively transitioning away from fossil fuels to a net-zero economy by 2050,” said President and CEO Tim Cawley. “The nation has begun a clean energy transformation that will bring profound economic, social and environmental benefits. Con Edison is well positioned and eager to create our clean energy future today.”
National Grid will become the first energy company in the Northeast to pilot a fully electric Ford E-Transit cargo van for day-to-day operations in a pilot collaboration with Ford Motor Company. This is an important step towards reaching National Grid’s company-wide goal of moving to a 100-percent electric fleet by 2030 for its light-duty vehicles.
A new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) found that immediate, concerted action is needed from all energy sectors in order for the United States to reach its 2030 goals for carbon reduction. Most importantly, the research and development organization determined that achieving the Biden administration’s goal within the decade will require tripling the current pace of decarbonization.
South Carolina’s largest utility cooperative Berkeley Electric has selected Landis+Gyr for the deployment of smart grid infrastructure and related technologies. Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Connect IoT platform will enable Berkeley Electric’s advanced meters, smart streetlights and other grid devices to communicate and send and receive data and instructions to and from the utility.
A majority of Massachusetts voters say they are likely to buy an EV in the next five years, according to a new scientific poll conducted for two clean energy organizations. The results suggest a faster timeline is feasible for phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in the state, advocates said. “Consumers have expectations that [electric vehicles] are going to be here very quickly for the mass market,” said Larry Chretien, Executive Director of Green Energy Consumers Alliance.
Companies that want to help households and businesses use less electricity could get a big boost from a decision in California next month. After two summers in a row of grid emergencies, California utilities and regulators are searching for all kinds of ways to prevent the risk of blackouts in summers to come. The latest idea? Cut the complexity from the utility programs that pay such companies for reducing energy use when the grid is under the most stress.
Global energy storage deployments, including customer-sited storage, will reach 358 GW/1,028 GWh by the end of the decade – a twentyfold increase over 2020 figures – according to an analysis released by BloombergNEF. The U.S. and China together are expected to represent over half of that deployment by 2030, with India, Australia, Germany, the U.K. and Japan also becoming top markets.
Record levels of wind and solar generation additions are expected to come online in 2022, according to a new report from S&P Global Market Intelligence. “It's going to be a record year for renewable energy development in the U.S. in 2022,” with 44 GW of solar and 27 GW of wind power set to be installed alongside more than 8 GW of battery storage, said Richard Sansom, Head of Commodities Research at S&P Global Market Intelligence.