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    Official: A123 says goodbye to grid storage batteries, focuses again on electric vehicles
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    Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems is officially unplugging from the grid. The company, which was acquired by Wanxiang Group last year, is selling its grid-storage business to Japan-based NEC Corp. The company's Massachusetts and Missouri facilities are going along with it. A123, whose ...

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    Official: Honda will use Accord Plug-in for vehicle-to-grid demonstration project
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    Honda is joining a pre-existing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstration project involving the University of Delaware and NRG Energy. Honda will use one of its Accord Plug-in Hybrid models as a back-up grid-power source when conventional power supply drops and demand surges. NRG Energy started funding ...

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    Official: Six Nissan Leaf EVs power an office in Japan
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    At least now we know the answer to that age-old joke, "How many Nissan Leafs does it take to power an office building?" The answer is a tidy half-dozen. The Japanese automaker has been testing its "Vehicle-To-Building" system, in which the building pulls juice from the cars during the peak-use ...

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    Report: Plug-in vehicles aren't killing the grid
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    To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the grid's demise on account of more plug-in vehicles are greatly exaggerated. And, while time is money, when it comes to electric-vehicle charging, more money means less time. At least, less time during peak demand. Plug-in vehicle owners in a cluster of ...

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    Study: SCE report reveals good grid, bad apartment owners
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    "We're not the problem." That's the main message from a Southern California Edison (SCE) report about the charging habits of the utility's plug-in vehicle-driving customers. SCE serves about 180 Southern California cities and says there's little near-term risk for an increase in plug-in vehicle ...

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    Report: Oh, the irony! Tesla Model S hits electric pole, causes blackout [UPDATE]
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    Talk to utility grid operators and, for the most part, they will tell you that electric vehicles pose little-to-no threat to the electric grid in the US. Except, sometimes, EVs can make the power go out. Not from the simple act of plugging in and charging, but from a more traditional danger: ...

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    Official: Coda Energy emerges as Coda Holdings bankruptcy finishes up
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    Coda Energy has been officially unveiled. As Coda Holdings, Inc., and its Coda Automotive electric carmaker subsidiary, has closed bankruptcy sale proceedings, the energy storage division is now ready for business. Global investment management firm Fortress Investment Group has led a consortium ...

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    Official: U of M researcher says plug-ins, hydrogen cars are 'no carbon cure-all'
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    Your Monday green-car buzzkill is brought to you buy University of Michigan research professor John DeCicco, who says more electric vehicles won't do much to slow global warming if energy-production methods aren't addressed. DeCicco, who's with the university's Energy Institute, says the ...

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    Report: India's grid not exactly ready for plug-in vehicles
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    Charging infrastructure, higher vehicle costs and less-than-desired single-charge range estimates are among the hurdles to more plug-in vehicles in the US – having the necessary juice from the grid is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Not so in India, apparently. Recent power shortages ...

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    Electric vehicles not a problem for Texas grid
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    I would think if you were to draft a list of the top three "fear factors" impinging mass adoption of electric vehicles, it might look something like this... The battery pack pooping out miles away from home Electric shock Power outages Trip Doggett, CEO of the Electric Reliability ...

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    Official: Toyota installs generators to cut power-usage at Japan plants
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    Toyota is looking to cool its energy usage during the heat of summer. The company's installing eight new gas-powered generators to help reduce demand from the energy grid in and around Toyota City by five percent, as the Japanese automaker looks to comply with the Japanese government's ...

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    Report: Nissan latest vehicle-to-grid Leaf test supplies peak-hour electricity
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    Consider this a cart-pulls-horse scenario. Nissan has started a trial program in Japan that involves a Leaf electric vehicle supplying power to a building during mid-afternoon peak electricity-usage periods, Green Car Congress reported, citing the Nikkei. Under the program, a municipal building ...

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    Official: Nissan, ABB reach agreement to test used EV batteries for energy storage
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    Nissan North America and ABB, the world's biggest maker of power-transmission equipment, have announced an agreement to test used lithium-ion electric-vehicle batteries – such as those in the Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle – for possible energy storage uses for utility companies ...

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    NRG Energy launches nation's 1st commercial-scale V2G project
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    The "cashback car" is one step closer to reality. Headquartered in New Jersey, NRG Energy, generator of electricity for nearly 20 million U.S. homes, is going to partner with the University of Delaware on a vehicle-to-grid scheme that will supposedly become the U.S.' first commercial-scale V2G ...

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    Utility CEO: 170,000 electric vehicles wouldn't overload Portland's grid *UPDATE
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    Portland, OR strives to be the U.S. hub for plug-in vehicles. What other city has dedicated an entire block to plug-in vehicle charging? During a ceremony on Tuesday, Portland mayor Sam Adams plugged in the first vehicle at "Electric Avenue" and dedicated the charger-lined street. On display for ...

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    Study: Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles could rise 1,700% by 2020
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    Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles could soar 1,700 percent by 2020, according to a report authored by utility consulting firm The Shpigler Group and released by the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), the so-called "voice of critical infrastructure communications." Annual megawatt-hour ...

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    GridWise Alliance grows, aims to create a smart grid in the U.S.
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    Not long ago, several important companies with interests in the utility and energy businesses created the GridWise Alliance. The group, which recently added fifteen new members (still no CA Edison), announced a meeting next week in Washington D.C. to discuss smart grids, how they can help us reduce ...

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    GM teams up with utilities to prepare plug-ins.
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    The Wall Street Journal has published a very interesting article that states that GM is teaming with a dozen electric utilities operating in 40 states to prepare the arrival of its plug-in model (the Volt, if you didn't remember the name). From the business point of view, the article states that ...

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    Al Gore calls for electric cars
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    Halfway through Al Gore's challenge today calling for a 100% renewable electric grid within ten years is a call for plug-in electric cars. This represents a big change in his thinking, and will hopefully quickly push political and environmental leadership to coalesce around policies to push plug-in ...

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    Plug-ins could require new 160 power plants to be built... or none at all
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    Studies have been performed that indicate that there is enough excess electricity already being produced to charge a nation of electric cars. One hitch to that plan, though, is that it requires people to charge their vehicles while they sleep, during "off-peak" hours. For this reason, the Oak Ridge ...

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