Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The New York Times Takes Note of the V2G Program

Yesterday, Governor Jack Markell announced Delaware's participation in the Climate Prosperity Project. As the News Journal reports, Delaware is the first state to sign on to this new effort.
In making his announcement, he mentioned the University of Delaware's V2G (Vehicle to Grid) program. Today, the V2G program got some notice in Green, Inc., the New York Times blog on energy and the environment:
“I would say that electricity is a vastly superior fuel for the light vehicle fleet,” said Willett Kempton, a professor and alternative energy specialist at the University of Delaware.
And in a true smart grid, electric cars will not only be able to draw on electricity to run their motors, they will also be able to do the reverse: send electricity stored in their batteries back into the grid when it is needed. In effect, cars would be acting like tiny power stations.
Regulators are taking notice:
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates interstate transmission of electricity, is on board with the idea.
“Vehicle-to-grid is, I believe, the salvation of the automotive industry in the United States,” declared Marc Spitzer, an agency commissioner who was also on the
panel.
V2G technology will likely take eight to ten years to be widely used, but if and when it does, Delaware could be a leader and not just an adopter.

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