Los Angeles says the Grid can handle lots of electric vehicles

Electric car detractors, especially of the Henny-Penny variety, worry that too many EVs plugging in at the same time will knock out the electric grid. Well, that hasn’t been the case in Southern California, the largest market for plug-in electric vehicles in the country. The grid has easily handled the demand, said Ed Kjaer, director of Transportation Electrification at Southern California Edison. “What we are finding is, almost 13,000 plug-in electric vehicle customers have been connecting to system seamlessly for the most part,” he said. “We are not seeing significant challenges.”

That the grid can handle the demand is one conclusion of “Charged Up,” a just-released white paper by Southern California Edison. The utility presented the paper’s findings today. Another finding: Level 1 110-volt charging is more popular than SoCal Edison thought it would be. Also, having drivers program their charging with a set “End Time”—an hour at which a full charge is completed, rather than a set start time for beginning to charge—is good for plug-in customers and their neighbors.

2012 was hottest in US History

Last year the hottest on record for U.S. — NOAA
Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter

Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The United States experienced its warmest year yet in 2012, with the highest surface temperatures since record keeping began in the mid- or late 1800s, according to the annual “State of the Climate” report released today.

Last year also ranked either eighth or ninth in highest surface temperatures worldwide, depending on which of the four data sets considered by the report were used. The report, posted online today by the American Meteorological Society, was authored by an international group of nearly 400 scientists, with those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center serving as its lead editors.

“Earlier this summer, the president of the United States called upon agencies like NOAA to develop strategies to help make decisionmakers prepared for the impacts of a changing climate,” acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said on a call with reporters. The report will inform city planners, managers of land and water resources, and others about climatic trends they can incorporate into their planning, she said.

Today’s is the 23rd “State of the Climate” report, “and every year we add new chapters to this historical account, allowing us to compare the Earth’s climate from year to year and over decades,” Sullivan said.

This year’s chapter shows a continuation of longer-term trends in climate change, including accelerated sea-level rise, warmer oceans, more atmospheric humidity and changing weather patterns. Polar sea ice coverage has also shifted dramatically since the middle of the last century, and ice sheets are diminishing in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica, it said.