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April 2021


Truck Electrification Delivers Air Quality Benefits

Polluting emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks are a big problem. But new research by Dr. Yanzhi (Ann) Xu at Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute finds that in one large U.S. city, electrifying those trucks could pay major dividends in improving air quality. David Farnsworth, Camille Kadoch and Nancy Seidman highlight the findings in an article for Utility Dive.



A Conservation Incentive for PIPP Customers

Several states use a percentage of income payment plan (PIPP) to keep utility bills more affordable for low-income households, but the design of PIPP mechanisms may not provide an incentive for customers to conserve electricity. Janine Migden-Ostrander writes that PIPP mechanisms could be adjusted to help households save both energy and money.



Building a Heat Pump Market in the UK

Britain’s ambitious net-zero energy goals require a key role to be played by heat pumps, but installation rates are so far falling far short of the needed deployment levels. In a new paper, Richard Lowes, Jan Rosenow and Pedro Guertler describe how regulation, restructuring of taxes, financial support, area-based planning and citizen engagement can help close the gap.



Designing Standby Rates for CHP

Dr. Carl Linvill offered key contributions and review to Best Practices for Standby Rates for Combined Heat and Power, a new report published by the Great Plains Institute. He and report author Jamie Scripps discussed this work in a recent Q&A and will do so further in a webinar in May.

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What Grid Resilience Means

Richard Sedano will moderate a discussion on “Grid Resilience: Defining It and Achieving It” on April 26, the first of two days of the 2021 EnVision Forum co-hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Virginia Tech.

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