AI, Electrification, Reshoring Driving Electricity Inflation

LightNOW has published a good deal about AI, Electrification, and Reshoring, but all three are now major drivers of electricity inflation. The Bank of America Institute published a report on July 2nd, 2024, titled Powering the Revolution, that looks at how these economic forces are impacting electricity rates. Some key takeaways follow. The year-over-year U.S. [...]


Enormous New EV Charging Network, IONNA, Announced By 7 Automakers

IONNA is a new joint venture founded by BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis. The seven automakers received regulator approval and announced the new IONNA charging network, last week. The network is being modeled on the successful European network named Ionity. The plan is to have at least 30,000 new EV chargers [...]

Electrification, Lighting Industry

10 Interesting EV Charger Stories

  Here are 10 EV charger stories that I found interesting: Hotels Go Big On EV Charging Source: E&E News EnergyWire Until recently, there haven’t been a lot of hotels to meet EV drivers needs with a charging plug. However, new plans by Hilton and Marriott suggest that electric vehicle charging stations could become a regular [...]

Electrification, Lighting Industry

ChargePoint, Blink, And Other EV Market Players Collapsing

  Many companies in the electric vehicle and EV charging industry are failing and collapsing.  Lordstown Motors (OTC:RIDEQ) and Proterra (OTC:PTRAQ) have both filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and a plethora of EV makers from Canoo (GOEV), Arrival (ARVL), and Faraday Future (FFIE) all teeter on the brink of collapse as their liquidity base gets eroded by consecutive [...]

Electrification, Legislation + Regulation

Waiver of Buy America Requirements for EV Chargers

  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established a temporary public interest waiver to waive Buy America requirements for steel, iron, manufactured products, and construction materials in electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The temporary waiver became effective on March 23, 2023. This short-term, temporary waiver enables EV charger acquisition and installation to proceed while also ensuring the [...]

Agriculture, Electrification

Electrification Impacts On Indoor Farming And Controlled Environments

  In August,  Greenhouse Product News published an article I wrote about electrification impacts on controlled environment agriculture (CEA). The primary strategy of local, state and national governments to address climate change is rapid electrification of building heating and cooling, hot water and the transportation sectors. Simultaneously, the electrical generation mix will gradually transition from fossil fuels [...]

Electrification, Energy + Environment, Lighting Industry

What Happens When Powerlines Go Underground And Telephone Lines Are Turned Off?

What happens when the impacts of electrification collide with the obsolescence of telecommunications infrastructure? We’re all going to find out. Last week, I learned of two seemingly unrelated things: Undergrounding Powerlines Electrification of buildings and transportation raise the stakes for grid reliability / resiliency. Historically, power outages take out lighting, appliances, and HVAC systems. We’re [...]

Controls, Electrification

Product Monday: Schneider Home Combines Electrification With Smart Home

A new level of integration between electrification and smart homes was introduced at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, last week. Schneider Electric unveiled its “Schneider Home” ecosystem that combines home electrification with IoT controls, including: An entire smart main electrical panel called the Schneider Pulse that can control its own relays and acts as [...]


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