Transportation

Tesla Gigafactory Starts Mass-Production

Cheryl Kaften

In Sparks, Nevada, Tesla announced last week that its long-heralded, $5 billion gigafactory is now in mass-production mode – producing lithium-ion battery cells that will be used in the company’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy storage products, as well as in Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles.


Jacobs Selected for Pioneering New Jersey Rail Microgrid Project

Cheryl Kaften

New Jersey Transit – which operates 12 rail lines in the Garden State and provides nearly 223 million passenger trips each year – announced on January 3 that it had selected Jacobs Engineering Group to provide design and general engineering services for the agency’s $577 million microgrid project – the first of its kind nationwide.


Keystone Pipeline Has Better Odds Now But Energy Managers Won’t See An Immediate Benefit

Ken Silverstein

The Dakota pipeline is now getting all the headlines. But sometime after President-elect Trump is sworn in, the Keystone XL Pipeline will be back in the news. What is Trump likely to do and how will this impact both environmental and energy managers?


Where’s Oil Headed? Energy Managers Want to Know

Ken Silverstein

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet at the end of November to make a plan on whether to cut production, all in an effort to raise oil prices around the globe.


Elon Musk: Companies Will Remain Committed to their Utilities

Ken Silverstein

With newfound pressures to be cleaner, more efficient and more reliable, customers are looking to onsite generation that can be supported by energy storage and microgrids.


Tempe, AZ, Will Use Solar for Bus Operations

Carl Weinschenk

Arizona has lots of sun, and the folks at The East Valley Bus Operation and Maintenance Facility in Tempe plan to take advantage of it. Mass Transit reports that the 537 kW solar project aimed at supplying one-third of its energy soon will be online. That will put the city 1.5 percent closer to the goals   …Continue Reading


Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. The facility will use solar power and return unused energy to   …Continue Reading


FAA Pays to Upgrade Airport Hangar Heating

Carl Weinschenk

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) in Maine has received $1.558,098 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade two hangars at the Brunswick Executive Airport, according to Mainebiz.com. The funding, the story says, was awarded through the FAA’s Military Airport Program. It will cover installation of radiant heating in hangers 4 and 5 at the   …Continue Reading


Electric Vehicles: Big Benefits, Big Challenges

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers and facility managers should think about electric vehicles on two levels. The first is practical: How will the organization set up charging stations and handle the increased energy load that will result? In the longer term, companies need to maximize this potent new approach to transportation.


Drama Aside, Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity Makes Sense

Carl Weinschenk

Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.