Smart Grid

From Open Energy Information

What is the Smart Grid?


In short, the digital technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, and the sensing along the transmission lines is what makes the grid smart. Like the Internet, the Smart Grid will consist of controls, computers, automation, and new technologies and equipment working together, but in this case, these technologies will work with the electrical grid to respond digitally to our quickly changing electric demand. [1]

US Recovery Act Smart Grid Projects

* Data Collected from the US Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant Projects
  • US Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant Projects (100) The Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program is authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Section 1306, as amended by the Recovery Act. The purpose of the grant program is to accelerate the modernization of the nation’s electric transmission and distribution systems and promote investments in smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques that increase flexibility, functionality, interoperability, cyber security, situational awareness, and operational efficiency.
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  • Demonstration Projects (32) These demonstrations are to verify smart grid viability, quantify smart grid costs and benefits, and validate new smart grid business models at scales that can be readily replicated across the country.
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European Resources

OpenEI now gathers Smart Grid information coming from resources in Europe. Pages associated with particular technologies show the location and link to more information.

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Green button initiative
OpenEI is collecting apps related to the Green Button initiative. These apps are helping consumers visualize and make informed decisions about their energy usage like never before. Find out more information about this energy information initiative.

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Help keep information about Smart Grid projects across the globe up to date. By sharing smart grid information, you can help the electric power industry build a stronger, more secure electric grid.

About Smart Grid is a resource for information about the Smart Grid and government-sponsored Smart Grid projects. The information on helps consumers and stakeholders understand the basics of a Smart Grid and the range of Smart Grid technologies, practices and benefits.

Electricity Transmission Licensing Opportunities

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  1. What is the Smart Grid?