About Smartgrid.gov

Smart Grid graphic with two power transmission towers connected to two computer terminals SmartGrid.gov is a resource for information about the Smart Grid and government-sponsored Smart Grid projects. The information on SmartGrid.gov helps consumers and stakeholders understand the basics of a Smart Grid and the range of Smart Grid technologies, practices and benefits.

Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007" sets forth the policy of the U.S: “to support the modernization of the nation’s electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure.” The Act further stipulates initiatives for government programs to undertake in smart grid investments, including coordinated research, development, demonstration, and information outreach efforts.

In announcing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Smart Grid projects in October 2009, President Obama explained the importance of our transformation to a smarter grid:

"It will make our grid more secure and more reliable, saving us some of the $150 billion we lose each year during power outages. It will allow us to more effectively transport renewable energy generated in remote places to large population centers, so that a wind farm in rural South Dakota can power homes in Chicago. And by facilitating the creation of a clean energy economy, building this 21st-century energy infrastructure will help us lay a foundation for lasting growth and prosperity."

The implementation of smart grid technologies is revolutionizing electric delivery in the United States to meet the needs of the 21st century economy. The transformation to a smarter grid will increase the reliability, efficiency, and security of the country’s electrical system; encourage consumers to manage their electricity use; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and allow the integration of all clean energy sources and electric vehicles into the grid of tomorrow.

SmartGrid.gov is a product of the U.S. Department of Energy.