Currently, fewer than 1% of the nation’s school buses are powered by electricity, but with advances in electric bus technology, growing understanding of the benefits of electrification, and now a fresh influx of federal money through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, electric school buses are becoming an increasingly viable option for school districts. Electric school bus models are now available to meet every use case, and the number of districts that have committed to electric school bus adoption, or have drawn up plans to do so, is growing. Transitioning to electric school buses would provide numerous benefits to communities and the environment, including improving children’s health and reducing air and noise pollution, as well as reducing the disproportionate burden that this pollution places on underserved communities.
In February 2021, an Arctic cold front brought extreme temperatures, snow, sleet, and freezing rain to large parts of Texas and the southern U.S. The deep freeze led to widespread power outages, and more than 4.5 million Texans ultimately lost power for up to four days. One potential solution worth exploring is increasing the capacity of distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar and storage. This paper explores how maximizing rooftop solar potential could help relieve strain on the power grid during times of stress, using the 2021 Texas power crisis as a case study.
Electric vehicles, powered by clean, renewable energy, have become an accessible and affordable alternative to traditional gas-guzzling vehicles, a development which will only accelerate following the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This law includes $7.5 billion for creating a network of EV charging stations, as well as a number of competitive grant programs for EV research and adaptation. And while federal and state policies have made strides in moving the nation toward clean transportation, local governments have a key role to play in bringing change to their own communities.
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