The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to spend $10.8 million of its Volkswagen settlement money on electric school buses, a larger carve out than any other state. They are doing so in an attempt to use the electric school buses as batteries to power the electric grid. Electric school buses present a unique opportunity to strengthen the state’s grid because they run on a fixed schedule — children are dropped off at school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. The rest of the day, buses can be plugged into the grid and serve as batteries. And during the summer when school is out, they can be used even more.