Saturday, September 09, 2006

YES to Plug-In Hybrids!

One of the most exciting technologies on the U.S. energy horizon is the plug-in hybrid automobile. Plug-in hybrids would have extra batteries and could carry a larger electric charge, allowing them to drive more on electricity and save even more gasoline. According to Austin (Tex.) Energy, a municipal utility, plug-in hybrids could get up to 100 miles per gallon of gasoline.

From the big-picture standpoint, the beauty of plug-in hybrids is that they would, in effect, allow electricity to displace oil use in an even more major way. They would also add a new form of storage to the utility system, making it easier to accommodate variable--but inexhaustible--sources of electricity like wind and solar power. The potential for reducing oil imports and global warming pollution emissions is huge.

You can help bring this transformation about. Visit the Plug-In Partners Web site today!

2 comments:

Miles said...

It's so frustrating that these technologies are out there and readily available, yet so hard for the average consumer to access. Heck, Dominion Virginia Power won't even let me buy wind power -- or any other renewable energy. It's coal or nothing. But hopefully we can help change things with blogs like these! I added a link to your blog on TheGreenMiles.

Tom Gray said...

Thanks for your comments and the link, Miles.

Actually, there is an option available for anyone, anywhere, to "green" their electricity usage.

For info on green power suppliers, see "Your Electric Choices" at www.green-e.org. This site includes a clickable map of the U.S. which will show you the choices in your state.

If you don't feel that you can afford to go 100% wind, a very inexpensive option is to buy 10% or 20%. For the average household, the cost will be 5-10 cents a day . . .

Tom