White House Announces New Energy Initiatives Ahead of Climate Summit
The White House announced a slew of new renewable energy initiatives yesterday ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York. The 50-plus public and private efforts are focused on solar and energy efficiency.
$68 million in funding was announced for 540 renewable power and energy efficiency projects, 240 of which were solar, in rural areas. It’s also proposing stricter regulations for commercial air conditioners and is partnering with military bases to launch a program that aims to train veterans for jobs in the solar industry.
These efforts, the White House said, will help reduce energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by roughly 300 million metric tons by 2030. This would be the equivalent of taking 60 million cars off the road.
In the private sector, 19 companies and two industry groups committed to reduce the use of a popular coolant that is a major contributor to greenhouse gas via its emitting of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs). HFCs replaced ozone-depleting chemicals such as Freon, though it’s still roughly 10,000 more potent gas than carbon dioxide.
Other companies and cities are taking steps to ensure lower emissions and boosted renewable usage. Cisco Systems aims to get at least 25% of its power from renewable sources. New York is also looking to update its buildings with more efficient technologies.
“The good progress we are making on restoring the earth's ozone layer would not have been possible without a strong public-private partnership," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “By working together again, we can tackle the challenges of climate change.”
The U.N. Climate Summit kicks off next Tuesday.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.