San Diego Electric School Bus Puts Electricity Into The Grid

Update: Nuvve Holding Corp. is a global energy infrastructure management company headquartered in San Diego, CA which partnered directly with San Diego Gas and Electric and Cajon Valley Union School District to successfully deploy the first full vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in the nation, following the U.S. Department of Energy’s vehicle-to-everything (V2X) initiative announced in April. Through this program, the district’s fleet of eight electric school buses enabled with Nuvve’s V2G technology will now qualify to participate in SDG&E’s new Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP), which pays business customers $2/kWh if they’re able to export energy to the grid or reduce energy use during grid emergencies. In addition to Cajon Valley, Nuvve and SDG&E are also working with other Southern California school districts including, San Diego Unified and Ramona Unified School Districts, on similar V2G projects.

Electric Trucks, Buses, & Fast Chargers Need Innovative Electricity Rates From Utilities

Charging an electric truck or bus at a fleet depot — or an electric car at an apartment, workplace, or a public fast-charging station — should be far cheaper than filling up on gasoline or diesel. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case at sites that receive electricity under utility rates designed for commercial buildings and industrial operations that don’t reflect the flexible nature of electric vehicle (EV) charging. Fortunately, a newly-released report explains how utilities can remedy that mismatch by offering rates designed for commercial EV charging.

California Storage Rule Change Requires New Certification

The early February breakthrough in California energy storage rules under Net Energy Metering will still take time to be codified, but the great news is that energy from storage can be sold to utilities as long as the storage equipment meets a new Underwriters Laboratory standard. Under Time of Use rates, households with certified storage capacity can store energy during the day and sell it back to the utility during peak periods in the evening.