As it prepares to launch an electric-car mandate in coming years, Colorado is working to learn how electric cars can help it move to a more renewable energy grid. The non-profit Platte River Power Authority announced last month that it is teaming up with eMotorWerks, which sells home smart chargers, to sell and install 250 smart chargers for residential customers that will help maximize the renewable electricity they use to charge their cars. Colorado's grid is relatively heavily dependent on coal, at 44 percent of total electricity generation in 2017. Study participants who buy the chargers...
Renault plans Europe's largest battery storage network
European electric-carmaker Renault plans to build the continent's largest stationary battery storage network next year using old electric-car batteries. Renault announced on Tuesday that it will install used (and some new) electric car batteries in three locations: two Renault factories in France...Eric C. Evarts
EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants
After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants. The new proposed rule, which the EPA calls the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, would eliminate Obama-era standards that would...Eric C. Evarts
PG&E, Tesla team up to boost battery backups for power grid
Utilities are racing to expand battery storage on the electrical grid. The latest example is Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which submitted a request Friday to the California Public Utilities Commission to build and install four large banks of lithium-ion battery storage, according to the San...Eric C. Evarts