Full Frontal in behalf of Climate Change? Govt Subsidies in Peril for Solar, NREL initiates procedures for Electric Vehicles,
David Roberts of Grist makes a compellingcase for full frontal press behalf of climate change.
While renewable energy advocates have long argued that government subsidies for the sector are dwarfed by those for more traditional energy industries, they have had a more poignant complaint since the onset of the recession: one of the subsidies they do get, an investment tax credit, has been rendered nearly useless by the general business downturn. At issue is a complicated provision of the tax code called Section 1603, which is actually a modification of an earlier subsidy program.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the country's first set of test procedures to optimize how electric vehicles connect to the smart grid.
The technical report includes ways to evaluate the potential for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) connections, whereby power flows both ways, from grid to vehicle batteries and from batteries to grid. The test procedures evaluate EVs to determine their ability to connect and disconnect and to store and provide power to the grid, according to a NREL press release.