The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provides the U.S. Department of Energy with $4.5 billion to modernize the electric power grid and implement Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This section provides descriptions and background information for several of the key smart grid programs, studies and activities funded by the Recovery Act.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided funding for smart grid projects across the United States. The location, information and data for each project are provided in this section.
The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for tracking investments made through the Smart Grid Investment Grant program (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration program (SGDP). The status and characteristics of technology deployed is reported in this section.
The U.S. Department of Energy is analyzing the impacts of the Recovery Act smart grid projects on the electric system and assessing costs, benefits, lessons learned, and best practices. This analysis is an opportunity to inform decision makers about the relative merits of alternative smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques and provide a stronger empirical basis for investments and business cases.
U.S. Department of Energy is working with several Smart Grid Investment Grant award recipients who are conducting special studies to examine acceptance, retention and response of consumers involved in time-based rate programs that include advanced metering infrastructure and customer systems such as in-home displays and programmable communicating thermostats. These studies are an opportunity to advance the electricity industry’s understanding of consumer behavior through the application of statistically rigorous experimental methods.
U.S. Department of Energy requires recipients of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to report quarterly data. Recipients access reporting databases and guidance documents in this section. Only recipients who have received a user name and password can access the databases.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors Presentation Video
DOE Senior Advisor Joe Paladino spoke to the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on February 19, 2013 regarding the benefits of grid modernization and the role that smart meters play.
SMUD received a $127.5M Smart Grid Investment Grant from DOE (total project cost $308M). SMUD has been a leader in deploying smart technologies and systems, including smart meters.
Go to the SMUD Board of Directors Presentation and forward 53:20 on the video control panel to view Joe Paladino's presentation.