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RALEIGH, N.C. – The City of Raleigh will be the host for the next conference put on by the Electric Power Research Institute.

The 2011 “Plug-In International Conference” is set for the Raleigh Convention Center next year. The three previous events have taken place in Silicon Valley.

focuses on plug-in, hybrid and electric transportation. It is organized by the institute and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The 2011 dates are July 18-21.

Progress Energy and Duke Energy will work with the institute in organizing the event.

“We decided to offer a bit of geographical balance to our conference schedule as a way of exposing more people to the significant progress made toward integrating plug-in hybrid and other electric vehicles into the transportation system,” said Mark Duvall, director of Electric Transportation at EPRI.

Raleigh is at the forefront of several electric power vehicle and “green energy” initiatives ranging from plans for electric vehicle plug-in locations and replacing standard lighting with light-emitting diodes.

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