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For the first time ever, renewable energy production surpassed coal generation in the U.S. electric power sector.Renewable power generation includes energy produced from wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal. According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), wind and solar’s combined generation increased from 12% in 2021 to 14% in 2022.Hydropower, biomass, and geothermal energy stayed the same. Together they made up 8%. Meanwhile, coal-powered energy decreased from 23% in 2021 to 20% in 2022. The change is due to some coal plants retiring and other plants being used less.
The White House is calling on all U.S. organizations to show off their support of the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The EV Acceleration Challenge is part of President Biden’s goal of having 50% of all new car sales be electric by 2030. The White House is encouraging all public and private sector organizations to share their commitments in support of America’s EV transition. The Challenge is focused on four categories: Tools and Resources, Consumer Education and Support, EV Fleet Expansion, and Community Charging. Join the challenge by filling out the online form at www.whitehouse.gov/cleanenergy/ev-acceleration-challenge/. The White House will highlight submissions on a rolling basis starting with those received by Friday, March 24.
Time is running out for the Oregon state $7,500 electric vehicle (EV) rebate. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offers a standard rebate of $2,500 off a new eligible vehicle with a battery capacity of 10 kWh or more or $1,500 off a new eligible vehicle with a battery capacity of less than 10 kWh. Residents that meet income requirements may also be eligible for a Charge Ahead Rebate with an incentive amount of up to $5,000. The DEQ says due to overwhelming demand and limited funding, rebates will be suspended as of May 1, 2023. Any vehicles purchased or leased on or after May 1, 2023 will not be eligible for the rebate. The program receives funds annually from the state’s Vehicle Privilege Tax and has $15.5 million available for rebates, which is expected to be depleted within the next few months. Once funding is available again, officials will announce the program’s reopening. #shorts #electriccar #oregon #evchargers
All-electric car sales surged in January 2023 with a 74% increase year-over-year. InsideEVs reports that 7.1% of new light vehicles registered in January were all-electric compared to a 4.3% share in January 2022. Out of the 87,708 new battery electric vehicles registered, 57% were Teslas and 43% were non-Tesla vehicles. The next two most popular brands after Tesla were Chevrolet, which had an 8.5% share, and Ford, which had a 7.7% share. The Top Tesla models were the Tesla Model Y and the Tesla Model 3. The surge is attributed to organic growth and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which brought back the $7,500 federal tax credit eligibility for Tesla and General Motors. #tesla @chevrolet @ford #electriccar
Mitsubishi Motors plans to only sell electric vehicles (EVs) by 2035. The car manufacturer announced its “Challenge 2025” business plan, which includes the rollout of nine EVs in the next five years. The company plans to make 50% of its global sales EVs by 2030 and 100% by 2035. These EVs will include plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and battery-electric vehicles. To make the plans possible, Mitsubishi will increase R&D expenses over the next few years to reach 70% of its budget after 2026. #mitsubishi #electriccar #challenge2025
Australian scientists may have found a way to recycle solar panels, making them even more sustainable. Today about 90 percent of solar panels end up in landfills once they stop working since recycling solar panels is not an easy undertaking due to their many components. That’s why a group of Australian scientists has pioneered a technique to extract silicon from discarded solar panels. The thermal and chemical extraction method doesn’t use dangerous chemicals and is environmentally friendly. Now the researchers are working on creating low-cost batteries from the extracted silicon. #solar #solarpanel #science
Funding Announced for US EV Charging Grant Program - The US government has opened applications for the first round of funding for an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure grant program. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Charging and Fuel Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program is a multi-billion-dollar program that will fund EV charging and alternative-fueling, such as hydrogen, propane, and natural gas, infrastructure in communities, along highways, interstates, and major roadways. The program will provide $2.5 billion over five years to support EV charging and alternative-fueling for all different types of applicants, including cities, counties, local governments, and tribes. The program goal is to increase EV charging and alternative-fueling access in underserved and overburdened communities, support rural areas, build resilient infrastructure, and address climate change.
82% of 2023’s expected new utility-scale power capacity in the US will be wind, solar, and batteries. That’s according to a new US Energy Information Information Administration (EIA) report. The “Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory” found that it is anticipated that 2023 will see the most solar capacity added in a single year in the US. It will be the first year that more than half of power capacity additions to the US grid are solar. When it comes to wind - as of January 2023, 141.3 GW of wind capacity was operating in the US with 7.1 GW more planned. And 8.6 GW of battery storage capacity is expected to be added to the grid this year, which will double US total battery power capacity. #windenergy #solarenergy #utilityscalesolar
The United States Postal Service @ (USPS) has signed a contract to buy 9,250 Ford E-Transit electric vans with the first cars arriving in December. The USPS also says it will double its initial planned electric vehicle (EV) purchases from about 5,000 to just over 10,000 vehicles. USPS has also put in an order for at least 60,00 next-generation delivery vehicles with 75 percent of them being electric. At the same time, the USPS plans to order more than 14,000 charging stations for its facilities across the nation. USPS says the new vehicles will start appearing on carrier routes in late 2023. #usps #evcharging #electricvehicles