GMP's Energy Innovation Center Offers Discussion January 3

21 December 2016

Electric Vehicles & Grid Integration: From Demonstration to Commercialization?


RUTLAND, Vt. – We know electric vehicles play a significant role in reducing C02 emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels, but is there an even greater role when integrated with smart grid systems? Come to the Energy Innovation Center Tuesday, January 3, as Green Mountain College’s Dr. Steven Letendre shares current research on electric vehicles and their evolving role in our energy future.


The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be served. 


Dr. Letendre has been working for two decades to evaluate the technical and economic benefits of integrating electric vehicles with smart grid systems that promise to create disruptive innovation supporting a sustainable energy future. He will discuss the potential for electric vehicles to become integrated with the electric power grid to both reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and create the grid flexibility needed to accommodate variable sources of generation including wind and solar.


Letendre is a professor of economics and environmental studies at Green Mountain College and an online instructor for Vermont Law School. In addition, Letendre is an energy consultant for a variety of organizations including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Solar Electric Power Association, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He has authored more than 50 reports and articles in leading energy journals.


The GMP College Connections lecture series was created as part of an agreement between GMP and all four Rutland County colleges to work together to bolster economic, educational and community development.  Talks are authored and presented by faculty from each of the institutions.  The presentations explore a variety of energy issues, including the science of energy, renewable power, financial concerns and the psychology of energy use. All talks are held at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center, 68-70 Merchants Row, Rutland.


In addition to Green Mountain College, the other participating schools are College of St. Joseph, Castleton University, and Community College of Vermont (CCV).


For more information on the series contact:  gerri.harrison@greenmountainpower.com


Dorothy Schnure
Green Mountain Power
(802) 655-8418