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Oct 27, 2016

Spark: Report Release: Integrating Electric Vehicles

 
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THURSDAY, October 27, 2016     
REPORT RELEASE: INTEGRATING ELECTRIC VEHICLES

New sources of concentrated load growth from electric vehicles can pose challenges to the distribution system and to electricity customers—affecting grid reliability and increasing electricity costs—but they can also provide considerable benefits. RMI’s latest report, Driving Integration: Regulatory Responses to Electric Vehicle Growth, describes regulators’ options and trade-offs in enabling EV deployment and integration. Read More.




ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE COMING. REGULATORS MUST RESPOND.

Electric vehicle (EV) ownership is growing at an astounding rate, and this growth trajectory is likely to continue. This can provide incredible benefits to the grid through technologies available today that allow EVs to act as demand response resources and that manage when and where they charge. Electric utility regulators have the opportunity to proactively design the policies needed to unlock those benefits by using EVs as grid assets. Read More.




LESSONS FROM A LANDMARK AGGREGATED ENERGY DEAL

Last week, a world-class university, a hospital, and a parking facility came together to announce a landmark aggregated renewable energy deal to purchase 60 megawatts of solar from a North Carolina solar farm. The deal highlights the importance of aggregation as a means to provide access to large-scale renewable energy projects for unique groups of buyers—not Fortune 500 corporations, but smaller businesses and nonprofits. Read more.




COMMUNITY-SCALE SOLAR: A $30 BILLION OPPORTUNITY

RMI is driving the development of a solar approach that supplies the benefits of utility-scale solar and individual rooftop solar arrays while also expanding access to clean energy for underserved communities and low- and moderate-income households. RMI believes the “community-scale solar” segment—solar arrays that generate between 0.5 MW and 5 MW per installation and are sited directly within the neighborhoods they serve—sits in an economic sweet spot in the market and represents an opportunity valued at as much as $30 billion. Read more.




COMMUNITY-SCALE SOLAR AND COMMUNITY STORAGE WEBINAR

Today, from 2–3 p.m. MDT, eLab will be hosting a webinar on “Community-Scale Solar and Community Storage—Learnings from the Field.” RMI’s Kevin Brehm and Titiaan Palazzi, along with Clean Energy Group director Seth Mullendore, share results and lessons learned from realizing successful community solar and community storage projects in New Mexico, New York, Vermont, Illinois, and California. Read more.




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