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Why utilities need to respond now to the EV boom

Accelerating growth forecasts for electric vehicles have energy analysts urging utilities to start planning for their impacts on the grid today.

By 2021, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts U.S. electric vehicle (EV) sales could reach 800,000 annually. By 2025, the Edison Electric Institute, a utility trade group, estimates there could be 7 million zero-emission vehicles on U.S. roads.


Oxford aims for world’s first zero emissions zone with petrol car ban

Petrol and diesels vehicles will be banned from Oxford city centre under plans to bring in what officials believe would be the world’s first zero-emissions zone. The proposals aim to slash air pollution in the historic university city, which has seen levels of the harmful pollutant nitrogen dioxide rise above legal limits in some areas. Under the plans being put out for consultation on Monday, the ban would be introduced in phases, starting with preventing non-zero-emitting taxis, cars, light commercial vehicles and buses from using a small number of streets in 2020.

FERC terminates inquiry on cybersecurity controls for grid control centers

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has terminated a proceeding on cybersecurity for grid control centers for the wholesale power markets. FERC said comments it received indicated that current cybersecurity measures provide sufficient protection from cyberattacks and that some of the proposed modifications could pose operational risks. FERC added it intends to continue to provide support on the issue, and would engage with the North American Electric Reliability Corp., industry, and other stakeholders to explore cybersecurity strategies more thoroughly and address possible risks.

Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?

Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration.

“Vestas considers the combination of wind with storage as an enabler in lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), improving project returns and expanding wind’s share of the energy mix further,” Jorge Magalhaes, senior vice president, power solutions, Vestas Wind Systems, told Renewable Energy World. “In that regard, our experience in system controls and grid integration gives us a strong foundation to optimize the combined output of a wind park.”

California Gov. Brown signs bill directing utilities to plan storage, DERs for peak demand

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Wednesday signed a bill directing utilities to plan carbon-free alternatives to gas generation for meeting peak demand. SB 338, authored by State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D), would compel utilities to evaluate how storage, energy efficiency and distributed energy resources can meet peak power needs "while reducing the need for new electricity generation and new transmission in achieving the state’s energy goals." The California Senate voted 27 to 13 on Sept. 6 to approve SB 338, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for approval. The Assembly passed the bill in late August.