Seattle Site of Vehicle-to-Grid, Plug-in Hybrid Workshop

Recharging vehicle batteries won't constitute a big load on the system because demand will tend to occur at night when generating systems have unused capacity.

Published: 04-Jun-2005

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You wouldn't think hybrid-power cars would need incentives to encourage consumers to buy them, nor might you think Seattle City Light would be looking for ways to increase demand for electricity.

But the municipal utility is co-sponsoring a two-day seminar next week on whether it ought to offer incentives for purchases of gasoline-electric vehicles, and whether encouraging such purchases would help City Light.

One of the speakers scheduled for the event is Roger Duncan, deputy general manager of Austin Energy, the municipal electric utility that serves the Texas capital.

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