here is a plug in hybrid electric vehicle
car conference in town today. It was put together by some academic types from the University of Texas and Texas A&M. They had participants from the Electric Power Research Institute, from the various National Labs, from Amory Lovin's Rocky Mountain Institute, and from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
. In fact, the meeting was held in the totally tony offices at ERCOT
. If you are an electric geek, check out their site.
It's truly amazing how this technology
has gone from virtual nonexistence just 5 years ago, to an highly exciting new transportation concept
that is now the subject of study and planning by all kinds of folks from the University and Research communities. Sure, they smell grant money, but based on what I saw today, a whole lot of them genuinely believe that plug-in hybrids
are an important addition to the energy tool box. They see the potential to store wind power, reduce foreign imports of oil, reduce pollution in the cities, even use these vehicles to help support the grid itself when the utility needs extra power on these hot summer afternoons.
And being professors, they see enormous opportunities to understand and model how it's all going to work. How will we control the cars
so that they don't charge at peak, and how do we incent owners to charge only at night? How much water
will they consume vs the standard gasoline vehicle? How will the batteries be recycled?
They are already worrying about all kinds of things that might happen once millions of them have been deployed into the transportation infrastructure. And they don't even exist yet.
Tomorrow will be the day that I address the group.
I'm supposed to speak about implementation plans.
Somehow, it feels like we just did that.
My plug in hybrid implementation plan is to buy one and drive it.
That may not be academic enough for this bunch.
But at least I'll finish on time.
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