Peter O'Connor

Kendall Science Fellow

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Peter O’Connor joined UCS in May 2015 as a Kendall Science Fellow. His research focuses on the integration of solar power and electric vehicles into the electricity system. Read Peter's bio.

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What Is Grid Modernization—and What’s the Role of Electric Vehicles?

Utilities around the country are creating “grid modernization” plans. What does this mean? Isn’t the grid “modern” already? Read more >

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40% Growth? The Latest Electric Vehicle Sales Numbers Look Good

US electric vehicle (EV) sales are up 45% for the twelve-month period from July 2016 through June 2017, compared to the prior twelve-month period. What does that mean for the future? Read more >

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Looking towards Boston from Spectacle Island.

Wind Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Young by global standards, Boston is still one of the oldest cities in the United States. It has a fascinating and well-preserved history, with monuments, museums, and plaques everywhere you look. At the same time, it is a center of research and innovation, investigating the technologies that will shape our future. (Okay, I’m biased – I do love this city.) That dichotomy, respecting the past while looking towards the future, is also the story of wind power. Read more >

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Photo: Steve Fecht/General Motors

New Study on Smart Charging Connects EVs & The Grid

We know that electric vehicles (EVs) tend to be more environmentally friendly than gasoline cars. We also know that a future dominated by EVs poses a problem—what happens if everyone charges their cars at the same time (e.g., when they get home from work)? Read more >

Photo: Steve Fecht/General Motors
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Is the labor dependence of solar power a bad thing?

Solar Jobs, Coal Jobs, and the Value of Jobs in General

Science isn’t done by guesswork or gut instinct. It requires expertise not only to conduct but to evaluate; in-depth research in a field outside of my own is often beyond my ability to critique. I don’t have the knowledge to review a paper on molecular biology, although I might notice a really blindingly obvious flaw. Read more >

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