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DOE: Two million smart meters now installed in national grid

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

Smart grid deployment suffers setback in Maryland, shows more public education is needed

Right now, plug-in vehicles can operate just fine using standard outlets and infrastructure. Sure, they like higher voltage outlets to charge in less time, but if you can charge your cell phone you can – somehow, maybe with a little effort – charge your car. The big promise of plug-in vehicles, though, is how they will interact with the coming smart grid to lower prices and make the grid a more stable thing. Well, that is, if said smart grid ever arrives.

Burlington Hydro gets a REV for its GridSmartCity initiative [w/VIDEO]

Burlington Hydro Inc gets a REV 300 ACX from Rapid Electric Vehicles - Click above to watch video after the jump

ZAP licenses Smart Charger Controller from Battelle

Electric car maker/modifier Zap has been busy lately. At the end of February, they took an order for 100 electric SUVs from Korean company Samyang, who also happens to be its strategic investor and distribution partner. Now, they've announced an agreement with Battelle, an international science and

Future Threat: Black hat erasatz hack attack hits homes on smart-grid

As the deft stroke of a finger from a black-hatted hacker's hand depressed a key, the lights dimmed and electric apparati cease operating in 68 percent of homes connected to America's smart grid. Washing machines stopped washing and cars stopped charging as the attack continued to issue forth for over 24 hours from deep within the bowels of a malcontent's lair. Lucky for us the assault was a smart meter worm simulation and the destructive ha

GM: First-gen Volts won't communicate with grid, future versions will

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for a high res image gallery

Smart charger for plug-in vehicles developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Automakers are working with various electric utilities around the world to figure out how to best integrate vehicle with the grid. One of the requireents for the coming flood of plug-in cars is a way to smarten up the cars' energy use. A research team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a Smart Charger Controller that could eliminate the need for automakers to develop proprietary charging controllers in electric vehicles, whether BEVs or PHEVs.

Plug-In Ecosystem update: in the pre-Volt era, GM working with dozens of utilities to build plug-in communities

During the Washington Auto Show in February, GM announced that cities like San Francisco and DC were likely going to be the first to get the Volt roll-out. Today, GM gave an update on how it is helping to bring about the infrastructure for the Volt and other Voltec vehicles - oh, and the rest of the plug-in armada that is (hopefully) just around the corner - through a conference cal

Electric vehicle-to-grid network arrives in Newark, DE

Newark, DE has gotten the green light for one of the first two-way Vehicle to Grid infrastructure. Sponsored by a $730,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the project helps the state and the University of Delaware to purchase specially-equipped cars (retrofitted versions of the Scion xB) which would get electricity from the local utility and give back some of it when the car is parked and plugged in. Of course, a handful of cars aren't enough to make any dramatic impact on the grid, bu

GridWise Alliance says a US smart grid would create 280,000 new jobs

Remember the US presidential election? I know, I know, it seems so long ago now. But one of the big topics in that marathon event was a discussion of jobs, the economy and green energy. From what I remember, there was a lot of talk about how the latter would help the former. The GridWise Alliance, which held GridWeek 2007 last April, has now g

Prius generates power in Massachusetts snowstorm

As anyone who watches the evening news would already know, the East Coast States have been hit hard with horrible winter weather over the last week or so. This snowy pounding has revealed a new use for the Toyota Prius, or likely any hybrid that recharges its batteries with its internal combustion engine. John Sweeney, a resident of Harvard, Massachusetts, lost power to his home for three whole days. That all sounds horrible, especially in such awful weather. Fortunately, Sweeney came up with a

GridWise Alliance grows, aims to create a smart grid in the U.S.

Not long ago, several important companies with interests in the utility and energy businesses created the GridWise Alliance. The group, which recently added fifteen new members (still no CA Edison), announced a meeting next week in Washington D.C. to discuss smart grids, how they can help us reduce our carbon footprint and how they are affected by the Energy Act of 2007.

GridPoint and Duke Energy smart-charge a PHEV

Break out the celebratory bubbly! GridPoint and Duke Energy have a milestone to celebrate and it has nothing to do with basketball.

ABG POLL RESULTS: Best way to spend the DOE's money

On the 13th February we posed the question "What is the best way to spend the DOE's money?", and asked you to vote for your favourite answer.

California's largest utility looks to the wind to power EVs

As discussed in URGE² theory, utilising the grid to overcome the supply intermittency of renewable energy sources is a critical step in moving forward towards a green energy future. Californian utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is looking to do just that by combining

GridWise sets aside four days in April to work on U.S. smart grid

Car fanatics like to talk of the open road, a sense of adventure, and the amazing places and faces they meet when road tripping. They don't like to talk, not as much anyway, about the highway system. So, if you're and AutoblogGreen reader who's into The Drive, thanks for stopping by, but this post is about the highway system. Well, a modern equivalent, anyway.