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Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is a task that will most likely take decades to complete. At least we're getting started now, with more than two million smart meters installed nationwide, according to the

The coming electric vehicle (EV) revolution has a not-so-secret dirty secret – coal. About half of the nation's grid energy comes from coal. And while EVs charging up on current from coal-fired power plants still have smaller carbon footprints than equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles, we're pretty sure our readers agree when we say that coal-fired EVs are a two-steps-forward, one step back strategy.

In the message-appropriate setting of the Southern California Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center, President Obama announced yesterday the availability of $2.4 billion to aid the development of plug-in cars and the infrastructure required to keep them charged. The money will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and is divided into 3 parts.