House Grid Innovation Caucus focuses on transformers

HR 2244 requires the Secretary of the Department of Energy to prepare and submit a plan to Congress that establishes a Strategic Transformer Reserve Program for the storage of spare large power transformers in strategically-located facilities and in sufficient numbers to temporarily replace critically-damaged large power transformers.

Battery costs expected to boost EV market

Lux Research is predicting that the electric vehicle (EV) market will expand as the price of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs drop. The estimate is based on a new bottom-up cost model built by Lux, which accounts for differences in battery chemistry, form factor, production scale, location, and other nuances. The research is significant for an industry that is known for being highly secretive about its costs.

Connecticut latest state to offer EV rebates

Connecticut is making it easier to own an electric vehicle (EV) in the state, with the announcement by Governor Dannel Malloy that the state would be offering a rebate for the purchase of an EV -- through the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR).

IPL planning energy storage facility

Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) is planning to construct a $25 million energy storage facility in Indiana, and municipalities are already petitioning the utility to choose their location.

Xcel Energy given FAA approval for unmanned aircraft

Xcel Energy has become the latest utility to utilize drones to inspect their infrastructure. Xcel received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use unmanned aircraft to inspect 320,000 miles of electricity and natural gas infrastructure.


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Shortly after pleading guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities, and receiving long-awaited permits, Duke Energy is acting quickly to close its coal ash basins and move the remaining coal ash.


Despite positive progress, the energy-efficiency scores across the board demonstrate significant room for improvement. Boston was the only city to earn more than 80 points, and only 13 cities earned more than half of the possible points.