April 30, 2014
NRECA received a $34 million Smart Grid Demonstration research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The resultant project, coordinated by NRECA's Cooperative Research Network (CRN), purchased the necessary equipment on behalf of NRECA's participating member cooperatives. Twenty-three of NRECA's member electric cooperatives embarked on a unique, nationwide demonstration project, deploying more than 250,000 smart grid components across the country to test the value of the new technologies for cooperative consumer members.
CRN and the participating electric cooperatives are evaluating the potential benefits of new technologies that could help increase operational efficiencies and improve electric service.