Jeramy Shays is ACORE's Director of Transportation
Electrification of Transportation & Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Investment by California Utilities
Introduction – Emerging Electric Utility Business Models & Electrification of Transportation
In January 2013, the Edison Electric Institute released a report, Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business, warning of disruptive factors reducing revenue streams and threatening the electric utility business model. These factors include, increased usage of distributed generation and intermittent renewable energy resources, growing need for demand side management technologies, and slower growth in electricity demand.
Potential Impact on Electric Vehicle (EV) Incentives
In 1974, Congress enacted the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards to improve the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles and reduce oil imports. In April 2010, and August 2012, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the 2012 – 2016 CAFE standards and 2017 – 2025 CAFE standards, respectively. These CAFE standards included vehicle efficiency standards and, for the first time, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards, calculated in grams of carbon dioxide (CO2)/mile. There are also incentives for advanced vehicles, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles, herein referred to as “EVs.”
On March 11, 2016, Governor Kate Brown of Oregon signed the Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act. This legislation eliminates coal from Oregon’s energy portfolio and requires the state’s largest utilities to generate 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2040. The legislation also requires utilities to propose investments in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The simultaneous transition to renewable energy power generation and the electrification of transportation is a win-win for Oregon, utilities and energy customers. It ensures the benefits of renewable energy power generation, including carbon reduction and cleaner emissions, are multiplied across the transportation sector.
“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” -- Yogi Berra.
Thanks to POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY, we no longer need to make predictions about cellulosic ethanol. That future is now. Yesterday, our country took a significant step forward towards a society running on clean, renewable energy. On this historic day, commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol moved from being a promise, a prediction, to being a reality; a reality with tremendous potential for growth that will reduce our dependence on petroleum and transform how we fuel our transportation sector.
This weekend, the Associated Press published its coverage of the results of a recent University of Nebraska study that wrongly concluded that cellulosic ethanol from corn residue (like stover) could result in 7% more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline in the short term. The study was conducted under conditions that are entirely inapplicable to modern cellulosic ethanol production, rendering its findings meaningless. Renewable fuel experts and agricultural scientists alike have slammed the study’s methodology and the EPA also distanced itself from its findings - with good reason.
A recent article in Politico, Obama’s Agenda: EPA Leading the Charge on Climate Change, noted that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is taking significant action to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) from the electricity sector. The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds the use of sanctioned executive authority to reduce CO2 emission from our electricity sector. According to USEPA, our electricity sector is the leading source (38%) of U.S. CO2 emissions.
Jobs & Economic Impacts
- 2013 Reports
- 2012 Reports
- 2011 Reports
Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). June 2013.
First Quarter 2013 Clean Energy Jobs Roundup. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). May 2013.
Local Chambers as Change Agents, Creating Economic Vitality Through Clean Energy and Innovation. Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. May 2013.
Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy: U.S. and Global Market Size, Economic Impact, Tax Revenue Generation, Key Trends, and Representative Companies. Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI). January 2013
Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy. Advanced Energy Economy. January 2013.
National Solar Jobs Census 2012: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce. The Solar Foundation. November 2012.
Third Quarter Clean Energy Jobs Roundup. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). November 2012.
Clean Energy Jobs Quarterly Report Q2 2012. Environmental Entrepreneurs. August 2012.
Seven Growth Sectors Driving California's Clean and Efficient Economy. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) May 2012.
Assessment of Incentives and Employment Impacts of Solar Industry Deployment. The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy. May 2012.
Preliminary Analysis of the Jobs and Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects Supported by the §1603 Treasury Grant Program. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). April 2012.
Impact of the Production Tax Credit on the U.S. Wind Market. Navigant Energy. December 2011.
Repowering America: Creating Jobs. Deutsche Bank Group, DB Climate Change Advisors. October 2011.
Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment. Brookings Institute. July 2011.
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(Ms) Jeramy Shays, Policy Associate