energy

How do we prepare for the “hockey stick growth” of the EV market?

By Saumya Jain The latest forecasts by Bloomberg show the current sales of electric vehicles increasing from 1 million worldwide, to 11 million in 2025, and then surging to 30 million in 2030. Many other forecasts come very close, and a recent report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Washington State Energy Efficiency Education Campaign (Spitfire Strategies, 2012)

As part of Spitfire’s work with SSTI and the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop a collaborative transportation energy efficiency campaign, Spitfire conducted a series of research activities to inform campaign planning. Through stakeholder interviews, case studies, mode

ACEEE finds U.S. ranks last in energy efficiency in transportation

By Mary Ebeling A new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy finds that, among 12 major world economies analyzed for the report, the U.S. ranks dead last in the energy efficiency of its transportation sector. Improving transportation’s energy efficiency hinges on

Oregon leads the way on use of solar installations for transportation facilities

Although begun in 2008, the largest component yet of the Oregon Solar Highway recently opened on I-5 in Clackamas County. The Baldock project, a public-private partnership between ODOT and Portland General Electric (PGE), is a solar array located in a safety rest area near Wilsonville. It will

Colorado DOT and Governor’s Energy Office launch efforts to reduce energy use in transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) have developed and in some cases begun to implement a range of strategies promoting energy efficiency and reducing associated greenhouse emissions in the transportation sector. This initiative began in May,

Can congestion create kilowatts? Good vibrations from California

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto recently introduced a bill that would require the California Energy Commission to explore the possibility of generating electricity from the rumble of traffic on highways in the state. Piezoelectric technology, which converts vibrations into energy, is currently

Policy options for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation: No silver bullet

Transportation accounts for 2/3 of the nation’s oil consumption and produces between ¼ and 1/3 of all the CO2 emitted from the nation’s energy consumption. TRB established a special committee of experts to explore policy options for reducing emissions from the transportation sector. The

Dimming the lights without diminishing safety

In a pilot project, the Maryland Highway Administration is investigating whether fewer highway lights can be used without compromising safety.

AASHTO Webinar on Prospects for Federal Legislation

Prognostications are available from a webinar on “What Can State DOTs Expect in Federal Legislation on Climate Change and Energy?” held by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on January 13, 2011.