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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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      Karine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh boy could we use this righ there in Tucson AZ ... The heat and utility bills are killing us ... Plus all the crazy building ruined our monsoon season .. The heat prevents for the rains to hit this town ... I can imagine that the oil compnaies would be fighting this project tooth and nails ....
      taragowski
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do the math . Americans fighting and dying tp keep the oil fields of the mideast open , or clean energy . Hope there is a future in this .
        • 3 Years Ago
        @taragowski
        There was either an article or a comment (can't remember which) that talked about "outsourcing" walking the lines to look out for IED's. Now I know this probably isn't very Christian of me to say, but that's the kind of outsourcing we really need to be doing. And what about those robot dogs that can sniff out bombs etc. Why not send in the drones and robots to look for the bombs. Then maybe the U.S. could focus more attention on finding better energy sources here at home. We have lots of our own natural gas/oil. Why aren't we using it? But I have to agree with you. The politicians have too much money invested in the oil from the middle east. You should check out the DVD "Who Killed the Electric Car?". It tells about the expense that went into killing the first electric cars.
      Greer
      • 3 Years Ago
      We are slowly but surely losing our freedoms in this country, and Lib aberrations like Austin are the birthplace of such loses. This is a terrible idea. If I want to use as a much gas, energy, water and electricity as I can afford, thats my right, not someone else's to tell me how to live...thats just un-American. Libs are stealing our freedoms in the name of ecology and plotical correctness, wake up people!
      Jim Stack
      • 2 Years Ago
      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.
      wdcarterjr
      • 3 Years Ago
      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.
      onesmazie
      • 3 Years Ago
      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?
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an educator I think it it great that educators and the schools are realizing that we have to raise young people who see it as their mission to solve the problems facing the planet such as sustainabity to say nothing of world poverty, and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons. Do we define humanity as being able to change it's own destiny or not? Is life dignified and possessing that potential? I believe so. It will take time but the time has come that we have to take responsibility for our planet;s future and stop being so self satisfied with our materialistic life style. Quality of life rather than quantity has to become our new definition of happiness. .
      katie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Solyndra Version 2?
      eulerckt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something doesn't quite add up. August electric bill only $30? Solar panels DO NOT generate enough power to run all the goodies 'Corky' claimed. Texas utilities have a minimum monthly electric charge. If I shut off the electricity coming into my house alltogether. My bill will be just over $48.
        JJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @eulerckt
        Yes it can. Utility Companies, just like Oil companies do NOT want it getting out that are much better and cheaper ways to generate energy because they know it will cut into their profits. And They simply cant and wont allow that.
        brun4life84
        • 3 Years Ago
        @eulerckt
        They easily can. Many people with mansions usually get a check from the electrical company cause they are producing more energy than using.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll stay where I am with my 65 dollar electric bill with my next door neighbor 1/4 mile away
      Sojourner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dick Cheney doesn't need the oil industry to keep him and his cronies on top. He has the war machine making him gazillions by way of US taxpayer dollars also. No-bid contract wars = Money machine. We won't get into their involvement in the black market, sex/slave trade, rape and assault of women, and out right murder. They get caught, claim immunity, get kicked out of the country, change their name and go back to work. This is the new corporate money maker.
        Donald
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sojourner
        Guy really needs a hearing at the Hague.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's Texas, that area doesn't have many natural trees. Water is precious, new homeowners look for trees and plants that don't require a lot of water.
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