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The Electric Battery' Explains Role of Device in Low-Carbon Future

Thursday, May 4, 2017


A new book by researchers at the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School examines policy issues and technological challenges facing the electric battery in significantly reducing humanity's collective carbon footprint. "The Electric Battery: Charging Forward to a Low-Carbon Future" (Praeger, April 2017) enables the reader to evaluate the potential for electric storage batteries to become as mainstream as petroleum-product-fueled infrastructure and vehicles.

"At a time when scientists tell us we must aggressively transition away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we will need to be able to store sustainable energy for use in homes, businesses, and transportation," said U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in his endorsement. "In 'The Electric Battery,' the authors show how the electric battery is a key to achieving our sustainable energy revolution."

"The key to a better, sustainable future is not just clean, renewable energy but also reliable, affordable storage," said Carol M. Browner, former EPA administrator, 1993-2001. "This book is a must-read for everyone thinking about storage."

"The Electric Battery" is written by Professor Kevin B. Jones, director of the IEE, with VLS alumnus Matt Roche JD'16 and current students Ben Jervey MERL'17 and Sara Barnowski JD'17. All are members of the IEE's Smart Grid Project.

"The book breaks down the complexity of the technology and elucidates the historic confluence of events that makes battery technology economically viable in a low-carbon future," said Jones, who also founded the Energy Clinic at VLS. "It has been my pleasure to co-author the book with current and former students as we seek to develop clean energy solutions for this generation as well as future generations."

"The Electric Battery" is available in print and as an eBook. For more information, visit ABC-CLIO.

The Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School provides accessible resources on contemporary energy law and policy and is modeled on the fundamentals of a successful public policy consulting firm. The IEE distributes scholarly, technical, and practical publications; provides forums and conferences for professional education and issue development; and serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues, with environmental awareness. IEE research associates are selected from students in the energy and environmental programs at Vermont Law School, top-ranked in the nation for environmental law. For more information about the IEE, visit, email, or call 802-831-1151.


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