About the Smart Grid

From Open Energy Information

US Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant Awards

The US Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) was allotted Recovery Act funding for investment in a nationwide plan to modernize the electric grid, enhance security of U.S. energy infrastructure and ensure reliable electricity delivery to meet growing demand. The funds will support implementation of the Smart Grid programs including technology research, development and demonstration projects, and the federal matching fund for Smart Grid technologies, with funds distributed through a competitive grant process. [1]

Below is a map showing the total Smart Grid Investment Grant funding which impacts each state (some projects affect multiple states).

Total Smart Grid Investment Grant Funding by State

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.

European Smart Grid

The European Commission Joint Research Centre, in 2011, put together the first comprehensive of Smart Grid projects in Europe. The information is gathered by the Smart Electricity Systems team at the JRC.[2]

The Smart Electricity Systems team performs independent scientific research and acts as in-house scientific consultant for EU policy-making actors, with particular focus on the on-going transformations towards smart electricity systems. The Smart Electricity Systems team is expanding its set of analytic and experimental capabilities to provide scientific and technical advice in support of EU policies relating to power transmission/distribution systems, taking into account advances in smart and super grid concepts.[3]


  1. DOE Office of Electricity Recovery Act Funding http://www.oe.energy.gov/information_center/american_recovery_reinvestment_act.htm
  2. JRC Smart Grid
  3. Smart Electricity Systems