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Can America’s power grid support millions of electric cars?

This June 22, 2012 file photo shows a Tesla Model S driving outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to sue New Jersey over a ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla claims it was unfairly targeted in March 2014 when the state Motor Vehicle Commission amended its regulations. The regulations require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed. That prohibits companies from using a direct-sales model as Tesla does. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Electric cars are undoubtedly coming, and a new electric age is on the horizon. Meeting this increased electricity demand will be no simple feat, though. America’s power grid will be pushed to the max. What’s needed is a balanced, diverse electricity mix that incorporates coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, and solar in the most efficient means possible. To prepare for tomorrow’s challenges, it’s critical to start planning today.

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Light rail corridor change would jeopardize funding so late in game

Light rail train. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)

I strongly encourage the Mayor and Council to move forward to preserve South Central Corridor. It is the only decision that will preserve the will of the voters, not jeopardize the funding grant from the Federal Transportation Authority, and reinforce the value of light rail in Phoenix. Our leaders must stay the course and continue support for this important project. It is the only prudent course of action.

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