electric utilities

 
XL Hybrids gets big order for pickup truck plug-in hybrid 'upfit'

XL Hybrids gets big order for pickup truck plug-in hybrid 'upfit'

Improving fuel efficiency doesn't always require creating a new vehicle. XL Hybrids markets modifications that allows fleet buyers to "upfit" their vehicles into hybrids. So far, the company's efforts have focused on hybrid powertrains for vans, box trucks, and shuttle buses. DON'T MISS: Ford... read more

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National Drive Electric Week 2014: Charging in Austin. Photo by Aaron Choate.

Are Missouri electric-car charging stations like pay phones? Why that's important

In an age of cell phones, the public phone booth no longer has much utility as a tool for communication. But could pay phones at least provide a useful model for regulating... read more November 3, 2016 by


 
Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Carbon emissions from U.S. power generation fall to 25-year low

While automakers work to meet stricter carbon-emissions standards, another sector of the U.S. economy has already made notable progress in reducing ts emissions... read more October 14, 2016 by


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

VT electric utility sells Tesla Powerwall batteries to its customers

Tesla now has a new—and somewhat unexpected—ally in promoting its Powerwall home energy-storage battery packs. A Vermont electric utility is now selling the... read more July 6, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Net-zero-energy homes underscore evolution of electric utilities

Electric-car owners can cut their ownership costs significantly by avoiding the gas pump and charging up at home. But they can also save money by making the homes where they... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

It should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. But... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

San Diego utility adds education to electric-car charging stations

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the latest electric utility to support the expansion of electric-car charging infrastructure. But the Southern California utility... read more June 2, 2016 by


 
Southern California Edison Charge Ready electric-car charging program

SoCal Edison to install 1,500 electric-car charging sites; what's your electric utility doing?

Electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) is moving ahead with plans to install electric-car charging stations within its service area. As part of a pilot program, it... read more June 1, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett: how two titans see carbon-free electricity

There's an energy battle brewing in Nevada. The Silver State is witnessing a fight between two energy companies promoting different visions of energy policy, led by two very... read more May 25, 2016 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Another study confirms electric cars have lower carbon emissions, in Minnesota this time

It's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? After more than a dozen studies... read more May 9, 2016 by


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
Used Chevrolet Volt batteries for energy storage at GM facility in Milford, Michigan

Reusing electric-car batteries: great idea, lots of practical challenges

In theory, it's a wonderful concept: once their tenure in an electric car is over, lithium-ion battery packs with as much as 70 percent of their energy capacity remaining can... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Singapore levies carbon tax on used Tesla for electricity to recharge it

A businessman and electric-car fan who imported a Tesla Model S into Singapore has had to pay an additional emission tax on the zero-emission luxury car. While the Tesla runs... read more March 8, 2016 by


 
Electricity grid substation (Image: FirstEnergy Corp on Flickr, used under CC license)

Utilities To Lead Surge Of Electric-Car Charging In Southern California

California already aggressively promotes electric cars, and has among the most developed networks of charging stations of any state. That network will continue to grow... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

Battery-Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?

The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers' ability to store energy harvested by home... read more February 16, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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