New bill from Sen. Hickenlooper promotes electric school bus/grid connections

Vehicle-to-grid technology allows electric school buses to feed clean power back onto the grid when it's most needed.

Electric school bus
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Electric School Bus in Aurora, Colorado.

Electric school buses are better for kids’ health and the climate than their old diesel counterparts. And, a report from our research partners recently found the transition to electric school buses, in addition to keeping diesel exhaust out of developing lungs, could help speed up the expansion of clean energy by providing a critical source of reliable battery storage.

That’s why we’re supporting a new bill from Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado to promote vehicle-to-grid charging for electric school buses. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology enables electric school buses to provide stability, capacity and emergency power to the grid when needed, and potentially to earn revenue for school districts for providing these and other services.

“We can increasingly power our cars, buses, and buildings with clean, green, renewable energy, and not a moment too soon following yet another summer of heat waves, floods and fires made worse by climate change. Swapping out old, polluting diesel school buses for clean electric ones is a common-sense step school districts and cities can take right now that will make a big impact. The buses have no tailpipe emissions, can save money over time and can even help stabilize the electric system with vehicle-to-grid technology. Sen. Hickenlooper’s BIDIRECTIONAL Act would help accelerate the shift to clean buses that also provide us with clean power. Let’s roll!” said Lisa Frank, executive director of Environment America’s Washington Legislative Office.

The Bus Integration Dedicated to Improving Resilience, Eliminating Congestion, and Triggering Innovation Over Numerous Applications and Localities (BIDIRECTIONAL) Act is also supported by Sens. Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Angus King, Martin Heinrich, and Tina Smith.

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