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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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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.

Smart grid wins just keep on rolling in

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid wins
As always, this week’s smart grid wins include a variety of projects and developments. Read about Alstom’s distribution management system work for PPL Electric, Toshiba’s entry into the solar power business in Germany and more projects here and abroad.

Cadillac's new EV: Out of the showroom and onto the smart grid

Smart Grid, Cadillac ELR smart grid ready, smart grid ready EV, Electric Utilities,
Auto writers are comparing the new Cadillac ELR to both the luxury Tesla Model S – and to the Chevy Volt. But what we thought you'd be interested in is how the new extended range vehicle is being touted as "smart grid ready" right off the production line.

PEVs: What does it take to get people to buy them?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, PEVs, EV charging
Plug-in electric vehicle advocates and manufacturers have struggled trying to get more drivers into the cars. They might want to take a look at a new report from industry software and services company Recargo. It lays out in detail what prospective buyers want and why. Electric utilities may want to take a look too.

2013 U.S. PEV Charging Study

This report provides an in-depth look at plug-in vehicle (PEV) charging in the U.S. It is based on the opinions and attitudes of more than 2% of the PEV drivers in the country and addresses in detail the technologies, PEV driver charging habits, vehicle range issues and more.

Why EVs could be coming to 1/4 of America sooner than you think

Smart grid, electric transportation, markets and pricing, strategy, electric utilities
California and New York expect big enough increases in EV sales that their utilities are already preparing for it. Now, those two states and six others are collaborating on measures to make EV ownership easier. Among those measures are more charging stations at workplaces and multifamily residences. Utilities in the six additional states: is your game plan ready?

Should regulators mandate smart charging for electric vehicles?

Smart grid, electric vehicles, EVs, policy and regulation, smart charging, electric utilities
As EV adoption grows and adds stress to the electric grid, a major policy question moves closer to the front burner. Should utilities be allowed to adjust and accommodate that growth on their own, or should policies be implemented now to promote smart charging and help ensure a reliable energy future?

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