The report says there are competitive funding opportunities available with the DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, as part of the funds flowing from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Grants are available for individual agencies of up to $100 million for smart grid demonstrations and $50 million for utility load shifting, with 50 percent cost sharing.
If the feds don’t come through, there are always the states. California has been the largest provider of such incentives. Washington state, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania are other possibilities, along with other state support programs. In total, these programs represent approximately $12 billion in funding that states are currently applying for, the report says.
Giving a slice of those billions to the U.S. Postal Service would go a long way in cleaning up one of the largest transportation fleets in the world, and in providing a much-needed spark to America's still sleepy electric car market.