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California ISO, PacifiCorp launch first western energy market

November 4, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Solar, Wind

Image courtesy of CalISO California ISO, PacifiCorp launch first western energy market

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California ISO, PacifiCorp launch first western energy market

The six-state wholesale electricity market will generate millions in cost savings for consumers

FOLSOM, Calif. – The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) and Portland- based PacifiCorp announced today that the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) went live on November 1. The real-time market is the first of its kind in the West.

“Consumers across the West win one today as the Energy Imbalance Market is live, performing well and working to reduce costs to consumers,” said Steve Berberich, ISO President and CEO. “When combined with EIM’s inherent ability to enhance reliability by improving responsiveness and visibility, the western grid will drive the use of clean resources, such as solar and wind, to power our modern, high-tech society well into the future.”

“Better coordination in the way we manage energy in the West is crucial to reduce costs for customers and more effectively integrate renewable energy sources,” said Pat Reiten, President and CEO of Pacific Power, a unit of PacifiCorp. “We’re confident the EIM will grow and the benefits of coordination will increase further.”

The real-time market that covers six western states – California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming – culminates work that began in fall 2012 when the Western Interstate Energy Board’s PUC-EIM Group (composed of utility commissioners from 12 states) asked interested western entities to provide a proposal for a real-time imbalance market. In February 2013, the ISO and PacifiCorp announced plans to jointly develop an EIM using the ISO’s proven state-of-the-art technology and market platform. After running EIM for a month under non-binding conditions, the market became financially binding on November 1.

“Over the past 22 months, technology and market experts from PacifiCorp and ISO spent thousands of hours bringing EIM online,” said Petar Ristanovic, ISO Vice President, Technology. “The innovation and ability to merge highly sophisticated systems is an amazing feat. I am very proud of what we have jointly accomplished in launching the EIM.”

The ISO and PacifiCorp would also like to acknowledge the extensive collaboration with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which is the transmission provider for PacifiCorp’s rights across the BPA system, in support of EIM’s launch while ensuring efficient and reliable delivery of power.

Although the overall EIM launch was successful, there were some challenges leading to price volatility, primarily in the first 11 hours. The volatility in prices was seen mostly in the PacifiCorp service territory and due to a number of data and software factors during the initial transition from systems in the parallel environment to actual production mode. The ISO has initiated price corrections for the first 11 full hours after launch and is assessing other price results, as part of its normal process.

“The overall launch was successful when considering the magnitude of creating a new real-time energy market over six states,” said Mark Rothleder, ISO’s Vice President of Market Quality & Renewable Integration. “Also, this time of year presents challenges on its own, with lower load levels and reduced resource availability. Given we are in the first days of operations and the underlying system conditions, we are more than satisfied with the initial results and will continue to refine our processes to more easily add future market participants.”

A major benefit EIM brings to the West is cost savings. An Energy+Environmental Economics (E3) study released in March 2013, PacifiCorp-CAISO Energy Imbalance Market Benefits, identified savings to consumers of EIM market participants of $21 million to $129 million per year with minimal annual costs to participants. And as the market is using the ISO’s sophisticated system to automatically balance demand in the West every five minutes with the lowest cost energy available, savings are expected to increase as other energy entities in the West join. Other benefits include reducing the amount of costly energy reserves utilities have to carry because they can draw upon resources from across the West to fill their demand needs that are not available without the EIM.

EIM also greatly improves the efficiency of dispatching resources by employing systems that analyze the needs of the grid every five minutes then automatically finds the lowest cost generation to meet demand. Without an EIM, utilities have to meet demand with resources in their own service areas which often means using higher priced generation or even more expensive energy reserves.

Renewable integration is another significant benefit of EIM. Wind and solar power generated in one state can now be scheduled to meet consumer demand in another. Regional coordination can unlock more efficiency in dispatching renewable resources, can help reduce potential overgeneration of mid-day solar production, and assist states in meeting their renewable energy goals.

The EIM also translates into less risk for participants and their consumers. Rather than building an EIM from scratch that could cost tens of millions of dollars, utilities and their service area resources can tap into the ISO’s advanced platform for only a modest per use fee.

In less than a year, the next EIM participant is expected to enter the market. Las Vegas-based NV Energy, which is the major energy supplier in Nevada, recently received the greenlight from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to participate in the EIM starting in October 2015.

The ISO and PacifiCorp will be monitoring the effectiveness of the EIM and reporting its benefits through a quarterly report beginning early next year.

This article (11-3-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: CalISO.

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Sustainability: In Norway the present is already electric

November 4, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Politics

The US Minister of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Norwegian Minister Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien are interviewed by NRKs Gro Holm  Photo credit: Ole Berthelsen / MPE (7-11-13) Sustainability: In Norway the present is already electric

The US Minister of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Norwegian Minister Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien are interviewed by NRKs Gro Holm
Photo credit: Ole Berthelsen / MPE (7-11-13)
Sustainability: In Norway the present is already electric

By Formula E, Sustainability

Though the demand for electric cars keeps growing, electric vehicles remain a niche market in pretty much every industrialised nation in the world.

Except in Norway, where plug-in cars now account for more than 15% of the new car marketplace and owning an electric vehicle is as normal as heading out for a summer hike or winter cross-country ski.

The take-off occurred thanks to the Norwegian Government through incentives designed to encourage electric car adoption, utilising the nation’s 98% domestically-generated renewable energy. The nation’s original goal to achieve at least 50,000 electric cars on the road by 2017 should be reachable in 2015!

With its electric vehicle target on track to being met two years early, Norway is now trying to decide if it should end all of its electric car incentives or moderate them, but whatever the outcome, its experiment cannot be called anything but a resounding success.

There’s only one question left: how long before electric cars become mainstream in other parts of the world?

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Formula E.

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The 2014 Auckland Electric Vehicle Expo

November 4, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV enthusiast, EV News

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The 2014 Auckland Electric Vehicle Expo
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EV Builders Presents… In collaboration with APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles) and MOTAT

The 2014 Auckland Electric Vehicle Expo

Saturday 8th November 2014
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
…An exhibition and forum for all things relating to electric vehicles…

This Expo was first launched three years ago with the birth of the self-funded “EV Builders” documentary series; following the conversion of the 1990 Toyota Sera into an electrically powered vehicle by a couple of self-proclaimed “average blokes”.

Following on from the success of the last three Expos, and with the conversion of the Toyota Sera now complete; we bring you the 2014 Auckland Electric Vehicle Expo, in collaboration with APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles – This year the event will be appropriately hosted at MOTAT, the heart of historical Auckland transport and technology achievements.

This year the Expo will have even more EVs on display, including the famous 100% electric Tesla Roadster and the new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In Hybrid, the first hybrid SUV. The day’s programme will be packed with displays and give you plenty of opportunities to talk with EV drivers and builders.

The aim of both the documentary project and this years’ Expo is to explore and investigate the work of local individuals and organisations that have been working in this field, see what progress has been made, and create a support network with experienced and knowledgeable mentors.

The Auckland Electric Vehicle Expo aims to build awareness of the ‘EV’ industry within New Zealand, in order to enable us as a country to live up to our ‘clean, green image’. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to meet those involved in the ‘EV’ industry and get your questions answered, as well as keep up with the progression made in the industry to date.

Want to see what it’s all about first? Watch the documentary series here –

Tickets: Door Sales Only
Adults $16, Children (5 – 16 yrs) & Students (with ID) $8, Family Pass $40, Children under 5 & SuperGold Card Holders FREE!

Find more information online at

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles.

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ZAP and Jonway Auto Exhibits EV Product Line at China International Industry Fair This Week

November 4, 2014 in China, Electric Vehicles, EV News

ZAP and Jonway Auto Exhibits EV Product Line at China International Industry Fair This Week  Photo courtesy of ZAP

ZAP and Jonway Auto Exhibits EV Product Line at China International Industry Fair This Week
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. – ZAP (ZAAP), an Electric Vehicle (EV) automotive company incorporated in California Bay Area, and Jonway Auto exhibits its EV product line at the China International Industry Fair November 4th to November 8th this week in Shanghai at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

Its exhibition is in the N4 Pavilion (the EV Exhibition Hall) where the major EV auto manufacturers exhibited their EV products. ZAP and Jonway Auto’s EV SUV, EV Minivan and EV URBEE are being exhibited next to Tesla’s EV, together with EVs from Shanghai Auto (SAIC), Chery, Daimler Denza (BYD), and DONGFENG. ZAP and Jonway Auto’s EV SUV remains the first and ONLY EV SUV type approved for China and the only EV SUV shown at the exhibition.  Jonway Auto’s EV minivan is uniquely positioned to address the EV fleet market, targeting city delivery vans for transportation.

About ZAP and Jonway Auto

ZAP and Jonway Auto designs and manufactures quality, affordable new energy and electric vehicles (EVs). Jonway Automobile has ISO 9000 manufacturing facilities, certified for EV manufacturing, and engineering, sales and customer services facilities in China. Jonway has production capacity of up to 50,000 vehicles per year, over 1 million square feet of factory space, and over 65 acres of land and established sales distribution network in China. ZAP, an early pioneer of EVs, brings to both companies a broad range of EV product technologies. ZAP is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California and Jonway Auto is located in Zhejiang Province of the People’s Republic of China. Additional information about ZAP Jonway is available at

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: ZAP.

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Volkswagen E-Golf Raises Money to Benefit Global Green USA

November 4, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Volkswagen

Successful charity auction, winning bidder claims first VW electric vehicle as the car begins to ship to select U.S. dealerships

Volkswagen E-Golf Raises Money to Benefit Global Green USA  Photo courtesy of Volkswagen

Volkswagen E-Golf Raises Money to Benefit Global Green USA
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Herndon, VA  – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf has raised $41,400, with proceeds benefitting  the national environmental non-profit Global Green USA and its efforts to advance smart solutions to climate change. The winner of the auction, which ran from October 8–29 on, became the first U.S. driver to own Volkswagen’s all-new, fully-electric vehicle.

“Volkswagen’s commitment to e-mobility and sustainability runs deep. We could not be more proud that the e-Golf has helped raise money to benefit the efforts of Global Green USA, an organization that shares in our dedication to the environment,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As the auction winner takes home VW’s first fully electric vehicle, we are eager to invite more consumers to the brand as our fun-to-drive, yet practical EV goes on sale.”

A long-time EV driver and Volkswagen fan, Bruce Oberg placed the winning bid, to claim America’s first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.

“I am pleased to support Global Green USA’s work to build a more sustainable future, and am thrilled that I get to take home one of the first Volkswagen all-electric vehicles,” said Oberg. “I love driving EVs, I have enjoyed owning Volkswagens all my life, and I cannot wait to experience the e-Golf for myself.”

”Alternative fuel vehicles, especially electric vehicles, have the potential to transform mass transportation in the U.S. – and globally – by drastically reducing pollution and oil dependence,” noted Les McCabe, Ph.D., President and CEO of Global Green USA. “This collaboration centers on our shared commitment to helping urban communities improve air quality by dramatically reducing carbon emissions.”

Introduced as part of Volkswagen’s powertrain strategy to offer highly efficient driving systems and as part of the company’s Think Blue.© sustainability initiative, the all-new e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first fully-electric vehicle, operating solely on an ultra-efficient 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. It produces zero tailpipe emissions, and requires zero trips to the pump.

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently rated the 2015 e-Golf , at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent* (MPGe), making the e-Golf the most efficient car in the compact EV class as determined by the EPA.

The e-Golf electric motor produces 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. With a 7.2 kW onboard charger and DC fast charging capabilities standard, the versatile electric vehicle will offer one of the largest interiors in its class. The new model combines the environmental and practical benefits of an electric vehicle with the fun-to-drive design of the Golf family, which is underpinned by the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) architecture.

Volkswagen provides a holistic e-mobility experience to all e-Golf owners and has invested in carbon reduction projects that help offset the emissions created during the production, distribution, and use of the vehicle for the first 36,000 miles of driving. Available charging solutions from Bosch® and Chargepoint®, along with a new Roadside Assistance program and VW Car-Net® mobile app with e-Golf features, are designed to make owning the e-Golf a thoroughly reassuring, rewarding and enjoyable experience. Extra peace of mind comes with an eight year/100,000 mile battery.

The 2015 e-Golf will be available through participating VW dealerships later this month in the initial launch states including California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C. Pricing starts at $35,445 for the fully equipped SEL Premium model.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers.

About Global Green USA

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA’s signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities — such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey — that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit and follow us @globalgreen.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Volkswagen.