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Nevada Chosen for Tesla Gigafactory

Linda Hardesty

Nevada was selected as the official site for the Tesla gigafactory. Tesla Motors’ electric car battery plant will be worth $100 billion to the state of Nevada, according to executives at Tesla and leaders of the state’s government. The $5-billion gigafactory where Tesla will produce batteries in partnership with Japanese electronics maker Panasonic, will be   …Continue Reading

Overcapacity at Gigafactory Could Boost Stationary Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Tesla Motors’ plan to build a 35 GWh lithium-ion cell production facility – dubbed the Gigafactory – for electric vehicles will bring about only a modest reduction in battery costs and create significant overcapacity, predicts Lux Research. Tesla and its partner, Panasonic, will contribute about 45 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of the initial $4   …Continue Reading

Green Mountain Power Partners with NRG Energy

Karen Henry

Green Mountain Power (GMP) and NRG Energy announced a partnership to deploy a series of new products and services for Vermont businesses and residents. Beginning in early 2015, the partnership plans to bring clean energy products and services to Vermont. Central to the effort will be the development of an advanced distribution grid in Rutland.   …Continue Reading

NV Energy Leading the EV Charge

Karen Henry

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released a report showing that NV Energy is a leader in the Southwest and the nation in promoting clean electric vehicle transportation. Through its Shared Investment Program, NV Energy has facilitated the installation of nearly half the public electric vehicle charging stations in the state. Since 2009, the utility   …Continue Reading

Ford, DTE Energy to Build Michigan’s Largest Solar Array

Karen Henry

Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters will soon be home to Michigan’s largest solar array. The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. An onsite kiosk will provide visitors with general information about solar power and details about the Ford carport. The   …Continue Reading

Open Grid Integration Platform Created for Electric Vehicles

Karen Henry

With the number of plug-in electronic vehicles (EV) on US roads—225,000 and growing—they are likely to play a significant role in electricity demand side management. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), eight automakers and 15 utilities are developing an open platform that would integrate plug-in EVs with smart grid technologies, enabling utilities to support EV   …Continue Reading

KT Expands into Energy Sector

Karen Henry

KT, formerly Korea Telecom, is expanding its services offerings to include energy services. According to a Korea Bizwire article, KT will be turning its 400 branch offices and data centers into advanced energy centers. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at each of KT’s branch offices. The EV charging infrastructure will be further   …Continue Reading

Automotive Market on Track to Be Biggest User of Energy Storage

Karen Henry

The automotive market is on its way to displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Finding Growth Opportunities in the $50 Billion Energy Storage Market.” Energy storage will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020,   …Continue Reading

Clean Energy Is Growing in Popularity

Karen Henry

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with Iowa and South Dakota exceeding 25 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index tracks the clean-tech activities, such as electric vehicle (EV) and   …Continue Reading

Finding the True Energy Ecosystem

Jennifer Hermes

As the lights from 4th of July fireworks fade to distant memory and as today more than 3.2 billion viewers tuned in to watch the grand finale 2014 FIFA World Cup, it’s worth considering what exactly we were celebrating in between the beers and BBQs. The 4th represents more than just the declaration of independence   …Continue Reading

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