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The Coal Bailout Everybody Is Talking About

, Senior Energy Analyst

Our new UCS report, Used but How Useful, How Electric Utilities Exploit Loopholes, Forcing Customers to Bail Out Uneconomic Coal-Fired Power Plants, found that utilities across 15 states in the heart of the U.S. exploited power market loopholes, costing customers $350 million in 2018. Read more >

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The battery pack of a Nissan Leaf such as this one can have a second-life application like at Nissan’s European headquarters which features a system composed of 12 second-life Nissan Leaf batteries. Gereon Meyer/Wikimedia Commons

The Second-Life of Used EV Batteries

When an electric vehicle (EV) comes off the road, what happens to the vehicle battery? The fate of the lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles is an important question for manufacturers, policy makers, and EV owners alike. The economic potential for battery reuse, or second-life, could help to further decrease the upfront costs of EV batteries and increase the value of a used EV. Given the growing market for EVs, second-life batteries could also represent a market of low-cost storage for utilities and electricity consumers. But in order to enable widespread reuse of EV batteries, policy will play an important role in reducing barriers and ensuring responsible, equitable, and sustainable practices. Read more >

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