Lemont, IL, U.S.A. and Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 23, 2013 - The first of two joint European and U.S. centers to promote common standards in electric mobility and smart grids on both sides of the Atlantic has been inaugurated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago.

The launch of the interoperability center for electric vehicles and smart grids follows the signing of a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation between the JRC, the European Commission's in-house science service, and the U.S. DOE in 2011.

Converging standards and interoperability between smart grids and electric vehicles will allow for deeper penetration of renewable energies in the electricity systems, thus facilitating the way to a low carbon economy. Standardization in this field will benefit the European energy landscape while converging transatlantic technical regulations could lead the way to global standards.

The second Center will be opened in the EU, at the JRC sites in Petten, The Netherlands and Ispra, Italy, in 2014.