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USA: G.M. Participates in a Test of Smart-Grid Features in Master-Planned Community

Residents in the planned community of Mueller, in Austin, Tx., received incentives to purchase or lease the Volt.
On Tuesday, General Motors and its OnStar division announced they would partner with Pecan Street Incorporated to conduct a smart-grid demonstration project in Mueller, a master-planned community roughly three miles from downtown Austin, Tex. The Chevrolet Volt will play a key role.

The project, supported b a $10.4 million grant from the Energy Department and more than $14 million in matching funds from project partners, is intended to test an integrated clean-energy smart grid in a 700-acre urban neighborhood developed on the site of a shuttered airport. Although Pecan Street is at the helm of the test operation, it also includes researchers from the University of Texas, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles will play an integral role in the demonstration. “Electric vehicles represent a significant addition to a home’s energy profile, and understanding that impact and how consumers use and charge their vehicles is critically important,” Brewster McCracken, executive director of Pecan Street, said in a media release.
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