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Electric VehicleThere are some new candidates who may be able to take part in the energy program that’s saving our electric grid from a total meltdown.  Automakers are working to develop a system that will integrate electric vehicles in demand response, a process where participants get paid to reduce electricity consumption for a set period of time so utilities are able to keep up with demand.

Sumitomo Electric Industries, along with several utilities, has run tests to see if cloud computing can be used in transporting a message directly to electric vehicles.  The message is designed to ask that the car’s owner briefly suspend charging to boost grid stability, which prevents local blackouts.  If the owner agrees to participate, he is compensated...

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