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Smart Grid Principal Characteristics: Optimizes Asset Utilization and Operates Efficiently

August 2009
U.S. Department of Energy, National EnergyTechnology Laboratory
Smart Grid, DOE, recommendations, NETL, requirements, report, benefits, principal characteristics, barriers, optimization, asset utilization, efficient operation

This report explores principal characteristics of the smart grid (i.e. smart grid optimization, asset utilization, and efficient operation). The following topics are addressed: the current and proposed states of the smart grid, requirements and barriers for implementation, expected benefits, and recommendations for moving forward.