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Electric Vehicle Interim Study at the Oklahoma State Capitol Sheds Light on Oklahoma’s Growth Potential in the Automotive Industry

EVs are an opportunity for the state to innovate and improve a broken tax system.

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, the House Transportation Committee heard from industry experts on the future of electric vehicles and the many ways Oklahoma can capitalize on the rapidly growing industry. 

“As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Oklahoma City area, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) approach accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles as deeply rooted in the goals and objectives of our long-range transportation plan,” John M. Sharp, ACOG Deputy Director said.  “As the affordability and availability of EVs has increased, a unique opportunity has emerged for our state to significantly decrease emissions from cars.”

Interim study IS20-033 was requested by Representative Brian Hill, who recognizes the fiscal effects of the shift to electric vehicles on Oklahoma, a state which relies on gasoline pump taxes to repair roads and bridges. 

“Across our nation, the electric vehicle sector is growing rapidly. With many national fleets currently converting to electric vehicles and projections of over half of the transportation market converting by 2040, the time is now to begin examining how Oklahoma can bring this industry to our state and pursue job growth and economic diversification,” Hill said. “As the Energy State and the crossroads of America, Oklahoma is the perfect place for this thriving and growing industry to build the future.”

Electrification of transportation is happening quickly, with the EV industry already employing many Oklahomans. Industry experts emphasized the benefits of Oklahoma acting swiftly to adapt to the changing market. 

Electricity fuels Oklahoma and employs thousands of Oklahomans. Oklahoma has the energy resources to become a leader in the global electric transportation market. Industry experts advised that state lawmakers must act quickly to benefit most from the inevitable change.

“The reality is that we are at the precipice of an enormous shift towards the electrification of transportation. The energy sector plays a critical role in this shift. Oklahoma has the opportunity now to claim its mantle as a worldwide energy leader and be at the forefront of this transition, reaping the economic benefits that entails,” said Jonathan Gray, Manager of Public Policy and Institutional Affairs for Enel North America.

Clean Energy Groups Applaud MISO/SPP Moving Forward on Needed Transmission Development

Washington D.C. (September 14, 2020) – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), along with regional partners Clean Grid Alliance (CGA) and Advanced Power Alliance (APA), applaud the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for agreeing to move forward on a significant joint transmission planning effort on the seam between their two footprints. The two Regional Transmission Organizations today announced a joint transmission planning initiative to identify transmission projects that provide value to customers located in areas near their seam. This initiative will lead to consumer savings, greater reliability, and increased access to existing low-cost, clean, renewable resources, as well as resources in the interconnection queues of both regions.

AWEA Central Region Electricity and Transmission Director Daniel Hall, CGA Executive Director Beth Soholt, and APA Senior Vice President for Infrastructure and Markets Steve Gaw today issued the following joint statement on the MISO/SPP announcement:

“This joint effort by MISO and SPP could be a gamechanger and is a new milestone in coordination between them, their Boards and executive leadership, and state regulators and other stakeholders. Working together, the two Regional Transmission Organizations can enable and expedite needed transmission development on their seam and address related generation interconnection challenges. Transmission is a critical component of developing wind and other renewable energy resources and delivering clean, affordable power where and when it is needed most. Coordinated transmission planning will allow consumers across the country to harness the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy. This forward-thinking partnership includes an aggressive, but achievable timeline and we pledge to provide any assistance necessary to support this effort. Our organizations have been advocating on these issues for some time through the stakeholder process and we are hopeful today’s action will be part of a broader concerted effort to modernize and strengthen the national grid for the benefit of consumers.”

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AWEA is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, the largest source of renewable energy in the country. We represent 1,000 member companies, 120,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, and a nationwide workforce located across all 50 states. AWEA serves as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies, the AWEA CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Indianapolis, June 7-10, 2021. An outgrowth of the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, CLEANPOWER is the first trade show focused exclusively on the utility-scale renewable power sector, bringing together all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers, and buyers under one roof. Visit AWEA’s website to learn more about the enormous economic benefits wind power brings to America and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Clean Grid Alliance (CGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., whose mission is to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Launched in 2001 as Wind on the Wires, Clean Grid Alliance was rebranded in 2018 to better reflect the growth of the renewable energy industry and its members who are working in wind, solar and storage. CGA has been an active stakeholder in the MISO process for the past 19 years, working at both the state and regional levels. CGA is unique in its membership which includes industry representatives as well as environmental nonprofit organizations, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups, and businesses providing goods and services to the wind, solar and storage industries who all come together to reduce carbon and deliver a renewable energy future. Learn more at cleangridalliance.org.

The Advanced Power Alliance is the industry trade association created to promote the development of wind, solar and energy storage as resources that can deliver clean, reliable, affordable power for American consumers. Through its advocacy programs, APA works to expand transmission capacity, to increase the use of renewable generation and energy storage within the region, and to facilitate export of this abundant power to customers around the United States. APA is leading efforts to defend regulatory, tax, and siting policies that are “technology neutral” and treat renewable energy developments equitably. APA is a business alliance of advanced energy companies and is focused on issues that affect its members’ bottom lines. APA delivers its members timely and actionable information from state legislatures and regulatory agencies while aggressively lobbying the key issues affecting the future of clean power development in our region. Learn more about us at PowerAlliance.org.

APA Member Enel X Partners with Uber to Support Zero-Emission EV Driving in the U.S. through New JuiceEco Product

● Enel X and Uber team up to offer drivers who use the Uber platform access to 100% clean driving through Enel X’s new product, JuiceEco

● Through the partnership drivers will receive special savings on JuiceBox smart home chargers and free access to Enel X’s new JuiceEco package that provides Green-e® Certified Renewable Energy Certificates

● JuiceEco packages will be available to all EV owners and can provide up to 20,000 EV miles of emission-free driving per year

San Carlos, California, September 8th, 2020 — Today Enel X, the leading provider of innovative energy and electric mobility solutions, introduced JuiceEco, a new option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to power their rides with 100% renewable energy in the U.S. Available exclusively through Enel X, JuiceEco provides Green-e® certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the consumption of any EV anywhere in the US with carbon-free electricity.

“JuiceEco provides EV drivers with a choice for their JuiceBox charging station’s electricity source. This product is based on the proven concept that RECs provide a simple, traceable and effective way to support new, renewable energy generation while allowing EV drivers to support the positive environmental benefits of 100% clean energy,” said Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility at Enel X North America. “We’re pleased to partner with Uber and offer drivers across the U.S. JuiceEco, as we work together to make our communities more sustainable.”

Enel X and Uber have teamed up to provide special savings for the complete JuiceBox smart charging package for drivers who use the Uber platform in the U.S. As part of the partnership, drivers will also be the first to receive a 15,000 mile JuiceEco package for free via a dedicated Enel X e-store in an effort to make ridesharing more sustainable. Enel X has also qualified its flagship home charging station, the JuiceBox, in dozens of utility programs across the U.S. and drivers can easily check to see if they qualify for an additional utility rebate with a zip code tool to essentially acquire a charger for low or no cost.

“We’re excited to partner with Enel X and make charging more accessible for those with an EV,” said Nishith Kumar, Sustainability Partnerships Lead at Uber. “We think the future for EVs and Uber is bright and we look forward to more work with leaders like Enel X.”

The news comes as more drivers are considering EVs over traditional gasoline-fueled cars[1], and a majority of Americans support greater development of clean energy such as wind and solar power[2], Enel X has created JuiceEco to offer more EV drivers a way to power their vehicles with renewable energy, whether or not they can install solar panels at home. Around one-third of Enel X residential electric mobility customers in the U.S. have an onsite solar system and over 60% of recent JuiceBox customers surveyed have expressed demand for RECs. Now, Enel X customers can select how many miles they’d prefer to drive on 100% renewable energy, as they reduce emissions and match their electricity with clean energy.

“Electric vehicles are only as clean as the electricity that powers them,” said Jennifer Martin, Executive Director of Center for Resource Solutions, which administers the Green-e certification program. “JuiceEco gives drivers the ability to run on 100% clean energy, no matter where they charge up. We’re excited to see this turn into a national model, with electric vehicles across the country becoming truly emissions-free.”

JuiceEco prices start at $30, representing 3,400 kilowatt-hours of clean energy production, equivalent to the electricity needed for 10,000 miles of EV travel; $45, representing 5,100 kilowatt-hours of clean energy production, equivalent to the amount of electricity needed for 15,000 miles of EV travel; and $60, representing 6,800 kilowatt watt-hours of clean energy production, equivalent to the electricity needed for 20,000 miles of EV travel. Assuming an average lifespan of 200,000 miles, consumers can ensure that 100% of their entire lifetime mileage is powered by clean, renewable energy for only $600. JuiceEco can be purchased online at the Enel X website.

Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to the development of innovative products and digital solutions in sectors where energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries and electric mobility. The company is a global leader in the advanced energy services field with a demand management capacity of more than 6 GW globally managed and assigned and 110 MW of storage capacity worldwide, as well as a leading operator in the electric mobility sector, with 130,000 public and private EV charging ports around the globe.

Enel X in North America manages over 10.5 billion US dollars in customers’ annual energy spend for approximately 4,500 business customers, spanning more than 35,000 sites. The company has approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity and over 70 behind-the-meter storage projects in operation or under contract. Enel X’s intelligent DER Optimization Software is designed to analyze real-time energy and utility bill data, improve performance, and manage distributed energy assets across a number of different value streams and applications. To learn more about Enel X e-Mobility visit our website: https://evcharging.enelx.com/

[1] https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/surveying-consumers-electric-vehicles

[2] https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/06/23/two-thirds-of-americans-think-government-should-do-more-on-climate/

APA Member Ørsted Completes Sage Draw Wind Project

The 338MW Texas wind farm reaches commercial operation.

Ørsted has completed its Sage Draw Wind project, a 338MW wind farm that straddles Garza and Lynn Counties in Texas. The 120-wind turbine project will have the capacity to meet the annual electricity needs of 120,000 American homes.

Sage Draw Wind brings Ørsted’s onshore operational installed capacity to 1.3GW. Currently, the company has an additional 0.8GW of onshore wind, solar, and storage projects under construction and due to enter operations in late 2020 and early 2021.

“I’m very proud of the Ørsted team and our partners on this project who’ve done an excellent job with another safe, on-time, on-budget project delivery,” commented Declan Flanagan, Executive Vice President of Ørsted and CEO of its Onshore business.

“The safe completion of Sage Draw amidst the escalating COVID-19 crisis is a testament to the resilience and adaptiveness of the Ørsted team and key project partners at Blattner Energy and GE Renewable Energy as well as financial partners, GE Energy Financial Services and BHE Renewables. This underscores the significant role renewable energy can play in continuing to build our economy as we manage through and beyond the current crisis.”

Sage Draw Wind marks a key step in Ørsted’s path to reach 5GW installed onshore capacity by 2025.

About Ørsted
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks #1 in Corporate Knights’ 2020 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,500 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2019, the group’s revenue was DKK 67.8 billion (EUR 9.1 billion). Visit orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.