POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Feb. 1, 2016

California utilities to launch 5,000 EV chargers; Google testing solar-powered drones to replace cellular networks


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • In southern California, two utility companies will set up 5,000 electric-vehicle (EV) chargers in the first of its kind pilot program. Southern California Edison will spend $45 million to deploy 3,500 EV chargers and San Diego Gas & Electric will spend $22 million to rollout 1,500 EV chargers. The two utilities have different tactics for how they will approach the pilot program: SCE will own the entire infrastructure minus the EV-charging units; SDG&E will own the chargers, the distribution lines, transformers and all other gear needed to connect to the grid.
  • Google has been testing solar-powered 5G drone aircraft to replace the current cellular-based networks that we use to send and receive data. The company is currently testing this technology in New Mexico under the name “SkyBender.”
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