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A few miles outside of Austin, TX you'll find Pecan Street Inc's Mueller smart grid demonstration project, a collaborative research initiative from The University of Texas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Environmental Defense Fund. Here, residents are testing various forms of integrated clean energy solutions and electric vehicles are a big part of this pioneering community.
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Jim Stack

an EV can go 40-60 miles on $1 (10 KwH) of electric. Anyone can buy an electric vehicle and save. If you charge Off Peak at night utilties have excess in the GRID and eve lower rates.

SunPower solar panels are the most efficient in the world and they have leasing programs or buy it up front. They make the most in low light, run the coolest and have the best warranty. It pays off in dollars and the environment.

July 23 2012 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
guy_johnson1

I'd love to be a part of their study. I believe one of the residents said her first full month's power bill
with her Volt was only $3. Most of their power comes from solar panels. Probably hasn't been done long enough to have solid results. How much are the houses and can anyone take part are my questions.

July 12 2012 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wdcarterjr

The real numbers are classifed. The grid does not need to be enhanced. Every home will be fitted with a Solendra solar cell. Vacations will be limited to community service.

July 10 2012 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davtcktt

I never see the question addressed of how the grid will handle the additional load of charging these auto batteries. As other readers comment, why dont we see any numbers indicating initial cost and predicted pay back? I think a lot of these green videos are simply feel good excercises that have little relevance in the real world.

July 10 2012 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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qhorin.halfhand

The purpose of the project is to see _how_ the grid will handle the load. They mentioned that's why they wanted so many EV's in such a high concentration, and why they wanted people to use them as they normally would. Most of Pecan Street revolves around seeing what all this green tech will do. It's a science project.

July 10 2012 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lswccw

nice to know the savings

July 10 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LL

DID THE POWER SAVINGS OFFSET THE TRADITIONAL FUEL BILLS FOR AUTOS IN AN AVERAGE HOME ?

GIVE US SOME REAL NUMBERS - factoring in ALL of the drawbacks vs. the benefits, otherwise this expose is meaningless !

July 10 2012 at 3:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jotwinowski

It would have been nice if they had given us the results of the experiment not just the fact it exists. As it is, the article is pointless.

July 10 2012 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
onesmazie

I'd really like to have gotten some benefit out of this video, but there's no captioning and yet lots of lip movement.

Deaf people want to see the videos too. Why is there no captioning?

July 10 2012 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Mitt Romney, in order to get more money from the super pacs, has vowed to bomb this community and replace it with coal-burning cars and appliances. I was shocked to learn this.

July 10 2012 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aevf101

Integr8ter....No one ever talks about what the cost is to retrofit or the extra cost to build green. All the talk is about what you "might expect" to save. They never talk about what you have to spend in money and time before you actually see a return on your investment. Most people don't live in the home long enough to even recoup the extra cost. You want immediate savings....turn off the freaking lights when you aren't in the room.

July 10 2012 at 2:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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