Federal Initiatives

  1. Biennial Report Tracks Smart Grid Development, Deployment, and Barriers

    Smart Grid technologies are steadily gaining ground in the United States. As of 2008, about 31% of electrical substations had some form of automation, and that number was expected to grow to 40% in 2010. On the customer end of the power line, however, the ...

  2. NIST Tackles Smart Grid Interoperability to Avoid a "Betamax vs. VHS" Dilemma

    sites/default/files/NREL-011-Electrical_Service-02.jpg" /> The constant problem with new technology is that you can never know when it will become outmoded. One particularly fast way for technology to become outmoded is a shift to a new format or ...

  3. GridWise Architecture Council Helps Keep the Smart Grid Open to Innovation

    sites/default/files/NREL-011-InstallSolar.jpg" /> The United States prides itself on the innovations that spring up from a wide variety of sources—from single inventors to large corporations—and a lot of those innovators see the Smart Grid as a ...

  4. White House Leads Effort to Set Smart Grid Policies

    A 21st century electric grid is essential to America’s ability to lead the world in clean energy and win the future. Modernizing the electric system will: Facilitate the clean energy economy by integrating renewable power, enabling distributed generation, ...

  5. GridLAB-D: Testing the Smart Grid Before We Build It

    Building the Smart Grid in the United States is a huge and expensive endeavor. The U.S. power grid is already considered one of the most complex machines ever built, and converting it to a Smart Grid won’t be easy. It entails overlaying the current ...

  6. Software Model Helps Assess the Maturity of Smart Grid Efforts Worldwide

    sites/default/files/NREL-011-software.jpg" /> Worldwide adoption of the Smart Grid is in the early stage. Initial investments are being made and utilities are beginning to address the strategy, management, and regulatory issues involved in ...

  7. USDA Aims to Invest $250 Million in Rural Smart Grid Deployment

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on June 13, 2011, that it plans to invest $250 million in smart grid equipment deployments in rural parts of the United States over the course of the following 12 months. To kick off that effort, the ...

  8. DOE Helps Jump Start a "Zero Energy District" in Fort Collins, Colorado

    Fort Collins, Colorado, has long been a leader in clean energy. The city was the first in Colorado, and among the first cities in the nation, to offer its customer the option of buying "green power"—electricity from renewable energy sources ...

  9. Across the U.S. Utilities Share Experiences from Smart Grid Deployments

    Regional Peer-to-Peer Smart Grid Meeting Smart grid technologies have the potential to transform the electric system by improving utility operations and giving customers information that can help them better manage their electricity use. However, before ...

  10. Seven Projects to Kick Off DOE's Smart Grid Data Access Program

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on May 22 that it will award nearly $3.2 million to seven Smart Grid Data Access projects. The award recipients will also contribute more than $5.7 million to the effort, bringing the total value of these ...

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