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Today electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) don't claim a significant share of the automotive market, but that will change rapidly. Aggressive EV pilot programs are underway in Denmark, Israel, Hawaii, San Francisco and elsewhere. Every utility needs to begin understanding how it will handle the opportunities and challenges EVs will create. In this section you’ll learn more about the EV roadmap.

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Smart grid wins: What’s new with smart grid companies and projects

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid wins, smart grid companies, smart grid projects
This week’s smart grid wins roundup covers a lot of ground, from EV charging and Volt/VAR optimization to solar and a managed smart metering partnership in India. It also covers new funding for smart grid and related technologies and Echelon’s agreement to sell its smart grid business.

Why utilities are promoting EVs (and why they want customers to pay for it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging stations, renewable energy integration, electric utilities
Electric utilities are getting some flak from consumer groups for asking customers to help pay the cost of electric vehicle charging stations, even though many of those customers won’t be using them. Now would be the perfect time for utilities to explain to customers and regulators how valuable EV charging stations are when it comes to managing intermittent renewable energy.

No million by 2015, but electric vehicles are surging

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, plug-in electric vehicles, EV sales
While the numbers make it clear that President Obama’s goal of one million plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 won’t be met, that’s no reason for disappointment. As Pete Danko of Breaking Energy found, plug-in EV sales are growing at an astonishing rate… if more slowly than many had expected.

At long last, a standard for smart charging

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging, smart charging, standards, electric utilities
One thing troubling the electric vehicle landscape has been the absence of standards to allow for smart charging. Now, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Electric Power Research Institute and eight car manufacturers, that much needed standard should be on the way.

The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, electric utilities
Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex. We thought you would be interested in a collection of articles that address where and how utilities fit into the smart city equation.

EEI asks electric utilities to help rev up PEV adoption

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, Edison Electric Institute, electric utilities
The Edison Electric Institute is asking electric utilities to allocate a percentage of their annual fleet purchasing budgets for plug-in electric vehicles. EEI says utilities are a “tremendous leader” in supporting electric transportation and should further support the PEV cause and lead by example.

A busy week for smart grid wins: new projects, an acquisition and honors

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid vendors, renewables, metering
There’s quite a lot in this week’s smart grid wins roundup. Click to read about Landis+Gyr’s acquisition of PowerSense, Silver Spring Networks’ new partnership, an award for BitStew Systems, a major solar installation on tribal lands and a variety of interesting smart grid projects.

Smart grid wins: A quick way to keep up with smart grid companies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technologies, smart grid companies, transmission, energy storage, smart grid projects
There’s plenty of news from smart grid companies this week, from projects and milestones to collaborations and partnerships. Click for a quick look at projects and developments from Ideal Power, C3 Energy, IBM, Silver Spring Networks, Schneider Electric and others.

Why utilities MUST take on EV charging themselves (and the right way to do it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, grid optimization, renewables, standards
At one time utilities feared an increased number of electric vehicles on the road would be harmful to the grid. Now, many utilities with high percentages of intermittent renewable energy sources want to provide EV charging themselves to help buffer the effects of varying power output. Guest author Brett Hauser explains why that is a very good idea.

A better way to charge EVs? Scientists devise "packet-based" approach

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVS, EV charging, R&D, electric utilities
Utilities have good reason to worry about EVs, as in what could happen to a distribution transformer when several neighbors plug their vehicles in to charge every evening at the same time? University of Vermont researchers have a new proposal to duck that problem by reducing the impact of simultaneous charging. Check out the story to find out what they have in mind.

Structure Group reveals six key trends (and how to prepare)

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid deployment, cybersecurity, microgrids, EVs, advanced distribution management systems, electric utilities, Structure Group
In the grid modernization world, what’s coming next is always a top concern. What it is, what the impact will be and how to prepare are the questions hanging over our heads. Alex Lago and Rafael Ochoa of smart grid pioneer Structure Group share their thoughts on six trends now on the horizon, trends they believe utilities should be getting ready for.

Top 10 U.S. hotspots for electric vehicles

smart grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV integration, electric utilities
EVs probably won’t be a threat to utilities or the electric grid for several years in most parts of the country. But there are cities where the concentration of EVs is reaching the point where utilities will need to keep a close watch on the numbers in case they have to accommodate additional load. Click to find out where the hotspots are.

Forget vehicle-to-grid. Let's try vehicle-to-building, says Nissan

smart grid, energy storage, electric vehicles, EVs, vehicle-to-building, Nissan, smart grid R&D
As SGN readers know, we’re not sold on vehicle-to-grid but vehicle-to-building is an entirely different story. Click for details on what Nissan is doing to thoroughly test the concept. A lot of energy storage will be needed in the future. It’s possible some of that storage will come in the form of electric vehicles.

Honda learning how to loan Accord EV batteries to the grid

smart grid, smart grid technology, Vehicle-2-Grid, V2G, Honda, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging
Whether you like the Vehicle-to-Grid concept or not, many very smart people have been putting a lot of resources, time and effort into evaluating its potential. Now major auto maker Honda has joined in with a hybrid EV that has V2G capabilities such as a bi-directional on-board charger. Read the story and let us know what you think. Is V2G a go or a no go?

The real significance of the world's first smart-grid ready car

smart grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, Cadillac ELR
Cadillac bills its new ELR long-range hybrid car as “smart grid ready.” But is it? We’re revisiting the story because we think that description may be more semantics than reality. Either way, we have to admit it’s exciting to hear smart grid used as a positive attribute. Click to find out why.

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