Sloan School of
Management]Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 7, 2011 - With some specific policy changes, the United States grid is expected to be able to accommodate the expected influx of electric vehicles and wind and solar generation, according to a new study from the MIT Energy Initiative.
How is the Victoria government doing in terms of making EVs part of everyday traffic?
Directly, the Vic government trial has effectively doubled the EV population on Victorian roads. That said, the total Victorian EV population would be less than 100 vehicles, making them rare birds indeed.
It would be great to hear an Australian utility announce a strategic plan for EVs along the lines of what is being done by DTE Energy in Michigan or PG&E in California says Kristian Handberg, Project Manager – Low Emission Vehicles, at the Australian Department of Transport. “I'd give it maybe another 2 to 3 years, but maybe I'll be proven wrong” says Kristian who was speaking in the run-up to the upcoming Smart Utilities Australia and New Zealand conference and exhibition in Sydney from 8-10 November.
UTC president &
chief executive]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 29, 2011 - Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles (EVs) could rise 1,700% by 2020, according to a report authored by utility management consulting firm The Shpigler Group for the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC).
The study finds that annual usage from EVs could grow from only 146,000 MWh in 2010 to 2.6 million MWh by 2020, raising a host of technological and operational issues for the nation’s electric utilities, particularly when it comes to modernizing and upgrading utility communications and information technology.
Minister of Economic
Development & Trade,
Ontario]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- March 4, 2011 - Ontario's vision to have one out of 20 vehicles to be electrically powered by 2020 is moving forward with eight charging stations now up and running in Ontario in partnership with the company Better Place.
Better Place also opened an electric car demonstration and education centre in Toronto to help get more electric cars running on the province’s roads and highways. For every 10,000 electric vehicles on the road, it is estimated there will be 40,000 tonnes less of CO2 polluting the air annually, which is like taking 8,500 gasoline-fuelled cars off the road.
Conference: Smart Energy International
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Presenter: Lee Krevat
Abstract: Presented by Lee Krevat at Smart Energy International
Conference: Smart Energy Canada/Canadian Water Meter Summit
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Presenter: Michael Angemeer, Mark Duvall and Mike Rowand
Abstract: Presented by Michael Angemeer, Mark Duvall and Mike Rowand at Smart Energy Canada/Canadian Water Meter Summit
By Orjiakor N. Isiogu
The state of Michigan, in particular, is well-suited to capitalise on this technology, as the automotive world capital. The result will be less use of gasoline, fewer emissions and the creation of thousands of high-paying alternative energy jobs. PHEVs have the potential to:Significantly reduce gasoline consumption Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, if adopted widely Contribute to a better diversity of transportation fuel Increase homeland security in the USA by making the country less dependent on imported oil and significantly reducing the use of gasoline Make renewable energy – especially wind-generated power – more attractive because it is windier at night
Provide peak load power to the electric grid, if utilities’ electric distribution provides vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability through smart grid technologies. V2G systems are designed to allow electrical energy to flow both into and out of the vehicle, in effect making the PHEV a distributed energy storage system and generation device.
Duke Energy]Charlotte, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 31, 2008 – Duke Energy has announced positive results from what is believed to be the first commercial test of utility-controlled ‘smart charging’ for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The test was conducted together with GridPoint Inc., a clean tech company offering a smart grid platform.