Price, Size, Range: Finding an EV for me – or them

Posted by Bob Keough on Oct 18, 2021 1:00:00 PM

2021.10.15 #transportation post

We all know that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future, and they’re here today. They’re quicker, quieter, and cheaper to own than old-fashioned gas-powered cars. But the market for EVs is still evolving, with a limited number of models available (though more on the way). And vehicular travel is still built around gas guzzlers and gas stations. In the world of today, how do you find an EV that’s right for you? Even worse – how do you advise someone else about what EV might be right for them? Faced with that dilemma, one of my colleagues took to AEE’s transportation-oriented Slack channel for guidance. Here is the chat that ensued.

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Topics: Advanced Transportation

Budget Dominated California’s Legislative Session, With Clean Transportation a Winner

Posted by Emilie Olson on Oct 13, 2021 12:00:00 PM

10.13.2021 Blog_ Budget Dominated California’s Legislative Session, With Clean Transportation a Winner

California’s legislative session drew to a close on September 10 this year, uncharacteristically early, and with less fanfare than in years past. In many ways, the session started off like a sequel to the one prior, with economic recovery, energy reliability, and wildfire severity all top of mind. But rather than a sprint, with a crowded field rushing to the tape, the 2021 legislative session was more like a marathon, with fits, starts, and a finish line stretching an additional week, when the tally for the September 14  gubernatorial recall election was finished. The implications of this consequential recall campaign – including raised stakes for the state’s clean energy ambitions – reverberated throughout the Capitol and, in some cases, had a chilling effect on political appetites. But in the end, the advanced energy industry gained major breakthroughs on electric transportation, with some unfinished business, as wildfire concerns dominated the conversation on reliability and resilience. 

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Topics: State Policy, California Engagement, Advanced Transportation

Less Really is More When It Comes to Energy

Posted by Sarah Steinberg and Cayli Baker on Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

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In our lives, we try to optimize everything. The days aren’t getting longer, but we’re trying to fit more activities into each hour. Sometimes it’s eking out just one more email, fitting in an extra errand during the day, or crossing one more chore off the to-do list. We’re striving to improve productivity, and in the process, burning ourselves out. But instead of working harder, we should be working smarter. We need to do a better job focusing on what really matters, and when possible, delegate work to both new and tried-and-true technologies that can help us avoid distractions and automate tasks. It makes sense to take the same approach with energy.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

SETRI Takes Initiative to Boost Electric Transportation in the Southeast

Posted by Ebo Entsuah on Sep 29, 2021 12:30:00 PM

SETRI blog post

As the popularity of electric transportation has risen throughout the nation, many different actors are now coming together to better coordinate on how to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Florida has taken steps recently to be better prepared for EV adoption and charging infrastructure. We are seeing changes at the municipal, county, and state level to get ready for – and accelerate – electric transportation growth. Now we are seeing action on a region-wide basis as well – and AEE is at the center of it.

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation

For Advanced Energy – and the Economy – the Time to ‘Build Back Better’ is Now

Posted by Leah Rubin Shen and Tom Lewis on Sep 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Direct Pay, Mfg US Leads World

The U.S. House of Representatives has spent the last three weeks marking up a series of legislative proposals that form the basis of the Build Back Better Act, the budget reconciliation bill put forward by the Democrats. Taken together, these proposals put into legislative text the elements of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan that were not included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed earlier this year. While, as in all legislation, there are elements that disappoint, AEE is impressed by the overall scope and scale of investments in advanced energy proposed. If enacted, the Build Back Better Act would put the U.S. on course to leading the world in advanced energy manufacturing, transportation electrification, and carbon emissions reductions, all while creating millions of jobs and investing in economic opportunity for American workers and families.

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Topics: Federal Policy, Advanced Transportation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure