Emily Felt Has Joined DOE

We know Emily Felt as the super-smart Director of Strategy & Intelligence for Duke Energy. She participated in countless hearings, planning meetings, and other forums and always had something interesting to say. Now, Emily has a new gig. She is a Senior Consultant to the DOE, where she will be working on the team that is charged with distributing $250 billion in federal loan guarantees to promote lower/no emission investments. Congratulations to Emily and the DOE!

Let’s give these words a rest in 2023

My annual list of words and expressions to retire in the new year:

Gifting – what is wrong with “giving”?

Umami – Soon Mcdonald’s will tout its special sauce as umami.

Pivot – can’t we just change?

Special sauce – only belongs on a Big Mac

Literally – it never is

Toolbox – should only refer to a box of screwdrivers, wrenches, and such

G.O.A.T.-how about just “the best”?

“Take it offline”– are you going to use carrier pigeons?

Gaslighting – honestly, people are just paranoid

Brainstorming – sounds like a hangover to me

“It is what it is”– Descartes did not say this (o.k. maybe Sartre)

“Reach out”– call, email, or communicate will do

What would you add?

Electric Cooperatives Learning to Manage the Impact of EVs on the Grid

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The Herald reported on a new program implemented by York Electric Cooperative and others to help measure and manage the impact of EV charging on the grid:

“Optiwatt is an app that electric vehicle drivers use to manage charging. It automates charge times to reduce costs and strain on area power grids. The California-based company started in 2020 and now manages more than 60,000 vehicles across North America. Optiwatt works with about 500 vehicles in South Carolina, and about 100 in the greater Charlotte region.”

Availability During the World Cup Group Stage

The World Cup Group Stage begins this week of November 21, 2022, and the United States is playing in Group B Accordingly, I will be out of the office with limited access to cell phone service and email on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, November 21st from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – USA v. Wales
  • Friday, November 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – England v. USA
  • Tuesday, November 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Iran v. USA

Thank you for your understanding.

State Energy Office Releases EV Report

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The S.C. State Energy Office has issued the S.C. Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Initiative’s report on the future of electric vehicles in South Carolina. Among its recommendations:

  • Develop and fund an EV workforce development plan for the state.
  • Support the adoption of e-bike implementation.
  • Determine the feasibility of EV infrastructure implementation at
    existing and new low- and moderate-income dwellings
  • Support the adoption of e-bike implementation.
  • Determine the feasibility of EV infrastructure implementation at
    existing and new low- and moderate-income dwellings
  • Create a Statewide Electrification Roadmap.
  • Expand the SC Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit.
  • Deploy EV infrastructure along critical corridors.
  • Create incentives and financing mechanisms to reduce the upfront
    costs for consumers

Read the full report.