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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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Georgia Power rolls out EV charging rebate for business customers

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, EV charging, Georgia Power
As part of a multi-faceted electric vehicle transportation pilot, Georgia Power has begun an EV charging rebate program for its business customers intended to build interest in electric transportation. Read the story for details on the rebate program and why the utility is doing it.

Will they or won’t they? CPUC to decide if utilities can deploy EV charging stations

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EV charging, policy and regulation, electric utilities
California regulators are scheduled to rule this month whether utilities will be permitted to provide EV charging stations. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric have proposed investing $500 million in EV charging infrastructure, and at least some state legislators support dropping the current ban against utility involvement in the charging market.

Korea offers compelling incentive program to get its drivers into EVs

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV incentives, Korea
While using financial incentives to get more drivers behind the wheel of an electric vehicle is not a new strategy, Korea has embarked on an unusually aggressive program to spark interest in electric vehicles. The city of Seoul is partnering with four car makers to offer incentives of almost $25,000 for buyers.

MIT thinks it has the answer for a cheaper, longer-lasting EV battery

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVs, battery storage technologies, MIT
Battery technology advances seem to be coming faster all the time as scientists and researchers put their own spins on ways to improve battery performance. Now, a team from MIT says it has come up with a lithium battery that could be transformational in terms of cost and performance for electric cars.

Smart grid wins: a quick look at some of the latest projects

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid companies
The smart grid sector never seems to slow down. New projects and developments seem to emerge constantly. In this week’s smart grid wins, you can read about a new reliability project with GE and Georgia Power and additional news in transmission and EV charging, as well as an award for Gridco Systems.

Can plug-in EVs enhance grid reliability? EPRI and others are betting on it

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, plug-in hybrid vehicles, grid reliability, electric utilities
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, EPRI, electric car makers and others are betting smart grid technology can integrate plug-in EVs in a way that supports grid reliability. Click to read about a demo project for a new software system developed by EPRI and others.

Really? Breakthrough said to be the “next big thing” in battery technology

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, battery technology, EV batteries, EV charging, electric vehicles, energy storage
Scientists from a Singapore technical university have come up with a battery capable of recharging to 70% capacity in two minutes, and it will last much longer than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The development could affect many industries and markets, particularly electric vehicles.

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

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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.

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