U.S. and China to collaborate on smart grid and electric vehicle development


U.S. President
Barack Obama
Beijing, China — (METERING.COM) — November 19, 2009 – Among a series of measures to strengthen cooperation between the United States and China on clean energy, the two countries will collaborate on grid modernization and other projects to accelerate the rollout of electric vehicles.

As part of a new U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership, which will see the two countries working together towards a vision of wide-scale deployment of renewable energies, a new Advanced Grid Working Group will bring together U.S. and Chinese policymakers, regulators, industry leaders, and civil society to develop strategies for grid modernization in both countries.

Other elements of the partnership will include the development of roadmaps for widespread renewable energy deployment in both countries and the provision of technical and analytical resources to support renewable energy deployment.

Under a new U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative, the two countries will undertake the development of joint product and testing standards for electric vehicles, including common design standards for plugs, and joint demonstrations in paired cities to collect and share data on charging patterns, driving experiences, grid integration, consumer preferences and other topics.

The Initiative also will create a multi-year roadmap to identify R&D needs as well as issues related to the manufacture, introduction and use of electric vehicles, and it will develop and disseminate materials to improve public understanding of electric vehicle technologies.

These initiatives are among a number agreed by Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao. Among others is the establishment of a U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program, which will leverage private sector resources for collaborative projects on renewable energy, smart grid, clean transportation, green building, clean coal, combined heat and power, and energy efficiency. More than 22 companies are founding members of the program.

A U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center will be established to facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies, and under a new U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Action Plan, the two countries will work together to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, industrial facilities, and consumer appliances.

The two countries also established clean coal and shale gas initiatives.