Tagged Legislation

DOE CESER to Commit $12 Million for Collaborative Development of Cybersecurity Solutions for Distribution and Municipal Utility Companies

By Richard Brooks In September 2020, the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) announced cooperative agreements totaling $12 million over a three-year period to develop and deploy cyber and cyber-physical solutions for distribution and municipal utilities. As part of a congressionally directed initiative, CESER will partner with the American…

California Governor orders all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be ZEVS by 2035; medium-and heavy duty trucks by 2045

By mmillikin California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector. Following the order, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will develop regulations to mandate that 100% of in-state sales of new…

Volkswagen of America unveils the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV

By mmillikin Volkswagen of America revealed the all-new ID.4 electric SUV—the brand’s first long-range EV to be sold in the US. This compact SUV, which will be available in rear-wheel drive 201-hp 82 kWh (launching first) and all-wheel-drive 302-hp 82 kWh configurations, offers three years of fast charging with Electrify America for no additional cost….

PowerMarket and SunRaise bring some of the first community solar projects to Maine

By Kelsey Misbrener PowerMarket, an employee-owned community solar management services company, has partnered with SunRaise, a New England solar energy developer, owner and operator, to bring community solar projects to Maine. PowerMarket and SunRaise’s goal is simple: Bring locally produced clean energy to local residents and businesses. With the recent passing of community solar legislation…

LG Chem spinning off battery business

By mmillikin LG Chem plans to spin-off its global battery business. LG Chem will seek approval from an extraordinary meeting of stockholders on 30 October and officially launch the spin-off—tentatively named LG Energy Solution—as a new corporation exclusively in charge of the battery business from 1 December. This will be a physical division in which…

GM to lead design, development and manufacturing of own family of next-generation EV drive units and motors: Ultium Drive

By mmillikin General Motors announced that it will design, develop and manufacture a family of five interchangeable electric drive units and three motors, known collectively as “Ultium Drive.” GM said that Ultium Drive and its modular architecture will help it transition to a fully electric lineup, and provide significant advantages over GM’s previous EVs in…

New poll shows bipartisan support for Pennsylvania community solar bill

By Kelsey Misbrener Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly want the General Assembly to pass legislation authorizing local community solar projects, according to a new poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research. Nearly 80% of Pennsylvania voters believe the legislature should pass a bill that gives consumers the option to enroll in community solar projects. These projects would…

Nikola & GM form strategic partnership; GM to engineer & manufacture Nikola Badger BEV & FCEV; 11% ownership

By mmillikin Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co. announced a strategic partnership that begins with the Nikola Badger and carries cost reductions through Nikola’s programs, including: Nikola Badger, Nikola Tre, Nikola One, Nikola Two and NZT. As part of the agreement, Nikola will utilize General Motors’ Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology, representing…

UCLA team proposes non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2

By mmillikin A team at UCLA is introducing a biological yet non-photosynthetic CO2 reduction mechanism that has the potential to yield environmental and economic benefits via CO2-derived high-value products. Their paper is published in the journal Joule. Most of us naturally associate biological CO2 conversion with photosynthesis in plants and algae. While engineering photosynthetic hosts…

Honda and General Motors sign MoU toward establishing a strategic alliance in North America

By mmillikin General Motors and Honda today signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) following extensive preliminary discussions toward establishing a North American automotive alliance. The scope of the proposed alliance includes a range of vehicles to be sold under each company’s distinct brands, as well as cooperation in purchasing, research and development, and connected…

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