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The electric distribution system in the United States is in a transitional state. While it is being modernized to support the country’s changing energy mix and the needs of 21st century electrification, the transition is far from complete. To maintain forward momentum, regulators are having to evaluate a new class of “next-generation technologies” proposed by utilities. These innovative technologies are not one-for-one replacements of aging infrastructure. Technological advancements and evolving societal and customer preferences are driving changes that are raising more complex and fundamental questions for regulators.
This article evaluates the ways that communities across the country are moving towards electrification. While some cities have passed natural gas-prohibitive bans, other states are preemptively preventing such anti-gas laws from being passed in the future. The article also draws attention to California's Public Utilities Commission's pilot programs to fund electrification in disadvantaged communities, but suggests that the widespread adoption of similar programs may be hindered by affordable housing developer apprehension towards additional regulations.
This article highlights utility regulation trends in 2020. Policies were enacted to support energy customers through COVID-related financial hardship, 18 total states have announced 100% clean energy or renewable energy goals, and new utility transportation electrification programs were approved. Additionally, several states reviewed coal self-scheduling practices, the number of states addressing performance-based regulation and distribution planning processes grew, several states implemented energy storage procurement programs, and legislation concerning utility data platforms was passed.
This publication includes a fourth quarter report and annual review of grid modernization action in 2020. The report reviews the types of legislative action, regulatory action, and utility deployments enacted across the county.
This webpage on Build Your Dreams (BYD)'s website showcases their electric truck models.
This article highlights the impacts of the decarbonization movement on natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs). The article surmises that the role of LDCs in the energy sector will change as environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues become more important to banks and stakeholders, but LDCs will not disappear completely.
This report from the Washington State Department of Commerce outlines a plan to meet state emissions targets while ensuring equitable benefits for all communities. The transition to cleaner energy sources and transportation and building electrification are included as strategies within the plan.
This plan, approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in January 2021, evaluates the electric vehicle (EV) market in Colorado, forecasts EV adoption through 2023, and reviews future EV charging programs. Xcel plans to create residential, multi-unit dwelling, commercial programs and support transportation electrification efforts in low-income communities.
This article reviews the programs within the Clark Public Utilities Transportation Electrification Plan. The plan, approved by the utility's board of commissioners in early March 2021, includes electric vehicle charger rebate programs, as well as a tentative second round of programs that have not yet been finalized.
This article highlights the strength of California's electric vehicle (EV) adoption effort, reviews the Biden administration's stance on transportation electrification, and notes that equity is an important principle in EV programs and policies.
This transportation electrification plan, filed by El Paso Electric, proposes EV smart charging programs for residential and commercial applications. It was approved by the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission in 2021.
This plan outlines the guiding principles that direct Tacoma Power's transportation electrification goals. Equity and demand response are two themes that will be included in transportation electrification efforts.
This article explores the utility perspective of President Biden's 2035 goal of net-zero carbon emissions in the power sector. Many utilities are already working towards emissions reduction by using renewable energy and technology, but natural gas will still be an important energy source in the near-term. The article highlights utilities that have expressed enthusiasm or apprehension about the emissions goal, which underscores the challenge of nationwide electrification.
This report from Resources for the Future proposes an energy subscription service business model as a strategy for utilities to advance electrification while maintaining affordability for customers. The report evaluates the ways in which the energy-as-as-service (EaaS) business model can be used to effectively manage the load of electric vehicles and water heaters, and which policies are necessary to make EaaS a reality.
This article provides an overview of a Massachusetts act that would allow cities and towns to adopt building codes that require electrification and higher energy efficiency in new construction. The perspectives of key stakeholders, including utilities, architect and developer groups, and state leadership are also included in the article.
This article reviews the International Code Council's revision to their minimum energy efficiency requirement development process and its impact. The revision no longer allows local governments to vote directly on code updates, effectively diminishing local electrification efforts.
This article from Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explores the environmental, human health, and economic benefits of electrification. The ways in which electrification can be leveraged as an environmental justice strategy is also highlighted.
There is a strong push towards transportation electrification and utilities are in a critical role in supporting the deployment of necessary charging infrastructure. This report recognizes that LMI and DACs stand to benefit greatly from this electrification but are at risk of missing out on the benefits. This report highlights how utilities, regulatory bodies, and other relevant parties can be intentional in their efforts in transportation electrification so various customer segments are not left behind
The CMO Voucher Pilot program is administered and implemented through a partnership between CARB and a selected Program Administrator. The program includes funding for a wide variety of clean transportation projects including carsharing, bike/scooter sharing, carpooling/vanpooling, transit services, ride on demand, and more. Parts of the applications include equity considerations such as the applying teams organization understandings of equity and equity impacts of proposed programs.
This report reviews existing literature and compiles equity metrics for the implementation of 100% renewable energy policy. We created this literature review for energy regulators and communities engaged in energy rulemaking proceedings in particular. The content may also be adapted to address equity initiatives within utilities, and used by advocates in independent efforts to hold utilities accountable to equity standards. The resources provided are meant to provide a flexible basis from which to expand systems of accountability regarding equity goals in the implementation of 100% renewable energy (or 100% clean energy) policy.
This document provides the Vehicle Technologies Office with a "primer" of key concepts and metrics relevant to energy equity and justice. It touches on how the focus on technical aspects of transportation improvements have failed to account for the real-world impact, and the negative impact on equity outcomes.
This video offers insight into who LMI customers are and how to better understand their needs to help utilities engage and market to them. Larry Glover reflects in this six-minute video on what his team found in a recent assignment for the State of Connecticut, studying utilities’ challenges and best practices addressing the needs of low and moderate income customers. “LMI customers are, in fact, customers. There is a need ... they feel as capable as any of your other customers.”
This report offers a recap of an event hosted by EVHybridNoire and the Great Plains Institute. The event aimed to expose automakers, electric utilities, policy makers, and other EV stakeholders in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions to a high-level discussion about equitable transportation electrification.
This report presents metrics that can be used in evaluating an equitable and just energy system. The proposed metrics can be used to measure equity impacts across target population identification, investment decision-making, and program impact assessment. Metrics in this report are pulled from a variety of other resources.
This report explores the role of utility regulatory bodies in advancing equity. The report delves into utility regulatory actions around the country and presents learnings that can be used to inform more equitable action at the regulatory level.