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US Department of Energy wants electricity grid to be able to handle 100% mid-day peak solar power

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is readying the power grids for solar power to meet 100%, and greater, of local electricity demand as solar peaks mid-day. The DOE is funding a series of projects whose broad goal is to make the power grid more able to be monitored and managed while dealing with less predictable and controllable forms of electricity generation.



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Energy Department awards $55 million to advance fuel efficiency and electric vehicle technologies

As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to increase energy productivity, reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and cut harmful emissions, the Department of Energy awarded $55 million to advance fuel efficiency and electric vehicle technologies through 24 projects.

The program is directly aiming at making electric vehicles as affordable to own as a gas-powered vehicles by 2022.

The money awarded went to projects ranging from material science on battery technologies to systems for making components lighter in order to increase efficiency of both battery-powered and gas-powered vehicles.

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