Recent reports indicate utilities and states have begun to take more seriously an expected exponential increase in the number of electric vehicles in the U.S., with 227 EV-related actions nationwide in 2017. 

So far, though, it’s not enough. 

A report released Wednesday from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) found that among 486 American utilities surveyed, 74 percent remain in the early stages of planning for growth in electric vehicle ownership. That’s troublesome, according to EV advocates, because a utility’s responsibility to manage the grid and serve customers means they’ll be in the middle of the EV revolution. And as the report

How do you strike the right balance between regional integration and distribution management?

To meet its ambitious renewable energy goals, California needs to make its energy system more flexible.

In a previous article, we touched on how this can be accomplished through a combination of regional markets and smart management of our distribution grids. The key question is how to strike the right balance of regional integration with distribution management, while maintaining the state’s control and supporting renewable energy.

That right way is to:

  1. Fix the massive market distortion that exists around transmission cost allocation in Participating Transmission Owner utility service territories in California 
  2. Expand the existing, proven approach of our

Holtec International is looking to build its 160-megawatt SMRs in Ukraine.

The slow-moving small modular reactor (SMR) market saw some positive activity in recent weeks, even as one expert predicted the technology would never achieve commercialization. 

Earlier this month, the World Nuclear Association reported that Ukraine had signed a memorandum of understanding with SMR developer Holtec International, aiming to turn the Eastern European nation into a manufacturing hub for Holtec’s SMR-160 reactors. 

The Association said Holtec is planning a Ukrainian manufacturing plant to allow for partial localization of its 160-megawatt SMRs, so Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom can use the design to replace two aging Russian VVER-440 reactors at its Rivne nuclear power plant. 


North America's aging fleet of wind turbines is seeing a wave of repowering projects.

This might be the future of wind repowering in the United States. In a first-of-its-kind project, the owner of a pioneering Illinois wind farm will bring down an aging fleet of 15-year-old turbines in a process akin to trees being logged in a forest.

The Mendota Hills site, in operation since 2003, was the first utility-scale wind farm in Illinois. The project owner, Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy, is replacing sixty-three 850-kilowatt Gamesa turbines with twenty-nine 2.6-megawatt turbines from Siemens Gamesa. The new project will increase power capacity at the site from just over 50 megawatts to 76 megawatts.

In an interview, CEO Greg Wolf told

GE Says Its New Battery Product Can Cut Grid-Scale Storage Installation Times in Half

GE has released a containerized energy storage product with a competitive advantage for installation time.

The 1.2-megawatt, 4-megawatt-hour Reservoir system marks a new entry into the standardized, large-scale battery market. It reflects a strategic shift at GE’s storage practice, which recently reorganized after an initial foray into battery manufacturing and a detour in commercial and industrial energy services.

Reservoir sounds like many other containerized battery solutions already available from companies like Fluence, BYD, Mitsubishi, LG, Samsung and others. The goal is to lower costs to developers by standardizing the product and factory testing the enclosures for quality control.

A government-funded pilot program will attempt to replicate an approach to net-zero retrofits pioneered in the Netherlands

Thousands of European families are now living in comfortable, energy-efficient homes that were upgraded in a far-reaching program called Transition Zero, all part of an effort to lower carbon emissions in the European Union.

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“This is how we intend to offer the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world.

Volkswagen announced Tuesday that it had secured about $25 billion in battery supplies and technology, a sum it plans to scale up to about $60 billion as it looks to expand electric vehicle manufacturing. 

The announcement comes after Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal pushed it towards an electric agenda to save face. While the German manufacturer is just one of many auto giants planning to capitalize on the growing EV market, its investment is an aggressive one, especially for the world’s largest carmaker. 

So far, Volkswagen’s battery play includes partners in Europe and China, where the company sells roughly 80 percent of its vehicles.

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