Using electric vehicles for grid services isn't easy.

The U.K. launched a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) study last month. But it could still be a long time before the technology goes mainstream.

“V2G projects often get stuck in pilot,” admitted Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage firm Moixa Energy, which is working on the study as part of a consortium that includes National Grid, Western Power Distribution, the Nissan European Technical Centre and others.

The term"‘vehicle-to-grid" has been around since the mid 2000s, to describe the use of idle car batteries as a source of power that can be used for grid services, such as demand response or frequency regulation.

The idea is attractive

Are new gas plants doomed in Arizona?

Arizona’s energy future took an unexpected turn this week.

At a hearing Tuesday for the routine assessment of major utilities’ long-term resource plans, regulators rebuked the proposals and instituted a nine-month moratorium on new gas plants larger than 150 megawatts.

The commissioners are in the midst of examining an energy system overhaul to pursue 80 percent clean energy with a focus on energy storage to meet peak power with clean sources. The building freeze will prevent near-term investments in gas infrastructure that could become stranded assets if the grid overhaul comes into force.

Halting gas construction was an unusual move,

Massachusetts could become an early adopter of a policy to use more renewables during moments of peak grid demand.

Gov. Charlie Baker has introduced a bill to use more clean energy during Massachusetts’ hours of peak grid demand.

The governor included language in a proposed bill to allocate $1.4 billion toward climate adaptation and environmental stewardship. The so-called Clean Peak Standard would require a minimum level of clean energy to supply the most expensive 10 percent of grid hours each year.

The policy would compliment the state’s broader renewable generation goals and ensure that clean energy goes to work at the times when capacity is most valuable. It would likely require the addition of energy storage to make intermittent wind and solar dispatchable

An Illinois court decision could put the transmission line

A decision this week from an Illinois appellate court puts the 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission project back in jeopardy, weeks after the Missouri Supreme Court agreed to hear the developer's case. 

The case in Illinois, filed by landowners and the legal arm of the state’s Farm Bureau, argues that the Illinois Corporation Commission wrongfully expedited review for the transmission project by evaluating the company as a public utility. The court ruled that Clean Line Energy Partners cannot be considered a public utility under state law, and thus the commission’s approval does not hold up.

“Obviously we’re disappointed that this is where the courts have ended up

Will the coming transportation revolution reinvent or ruin the way we get around?

There are three forces coming together in the transportation sector: vehicle autonomy, vehicle sharing, and vehicle electrification.

On their own, app-based sharing and electric vehicles are powerful agents of change. Together with automation, "they're revolutionary," argues Dr. Dan Sperling, author of a new book on the subject.

"It will change our lifestyles, it'll change the automobile industry, it'll change land use and cities, it'll change energy," he explains on this week's podcast.

Sperling is the author of Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future. He joins us on The Energy Gang for a conversation about whether these revolutions

Could FERC Order Put State Clean Energy Policies in Danger?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pleased almost every sector of the energy industry -- except for coal and nuclear power plant owners -- with its unanimous decision to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to offer price supports to baseload power plants in the name of grid resilience. 

But last week’s 3-to-2 vote approving ISO New England’s new market pricing proposal has reignited fears among clean energy and consumer advocates that FERC is setting the stage to preempt state clean energy policies in the name of market fairness. 

Last week’s order (PDF) was narrowly approved, with Trump appointees Ray McIntyre Neil

The key to swaying politicians’ views on renewable energy is making it a business issue, not a partisan one.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, railed against House lawmakers for “holding back the American economy” with their uninformed attitudes towards renewable energy during an event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
“I guarantee you, in the Senate there is bipartisan anger, anger at our House colleagues for this stingy approach to tax extenders on renewable energy,” said Cantwell, referring to a fight over whether to extend credits for ‘orphan’ energy technologies that were left out of the Republican tax overhaul. The credits were ultimately saved in a budget bill passed last month.
Cantwell asked attendees at the

The Trump administration is looking to shift funding away from cleantech and into fossil fuels.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is so successful that its funding should be diverted elsewhere, said the agency’s Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes.
“In the area of EERE…we have been meeting or exceeding our goals” over the last five years, said Menezes, who spoke at The American Council on Renewable Energy’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. He praised the office for helping reduce the cost of electric-vehicle batteries, wind and solar technologies.  
“Our job is to have early-stage research and move it along the technological readiness levels, eventually getting it to where it’s commercially deployable. But once it’s

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