The Electric Battery is the product of a Vermont Law School team led by Kevin Jones, the school’s Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment. It is an essential resource for scholars, policymakers and others interested in the future for storage technologies in transportation and electricity, the sectors of the economy that produce the most greenhouse gases. Professor Jones brings considerable expertise to the project, having produced well-regarded reports on smart grid issues, and some projects mentioned in the book – such as the partnership between Tesla and Green Mountain Power – are located in the authors’ home state. This slender volume presents a wealth of information in its 170 pages. It addresses subjects ranging from the scientific origin of electric batteries and the damaging impacts of mining the minerals needed to make modern batteries, to the descriptions of potential contributions by storage technologies in the electric grid’s ongoing transformation.

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