Smart Grid Technology
As technology and standards emerge, utilities are testing and implementing smart grid technology.
EEI Smart Grid
Looking for a place to learn more about smart grid benefits? SmartGrid.eei.org is the Edison Electric Institute's smart grid microsite designed to help the public understand the smart grid and how the smart grid benefits customers. The site features an interactive smart meter map and an interactive house for customers to learn how to better manage their electric bills.
Until your power is knocked out, you probably don't pay much attention to how often you turn on a light or the television or what time of day you do it. When you flip on a light switch, electricity travels in an instant to your home and the bulb glows -- that's called demand. When millions of electricity customers all turn on their air conditioners after work, it increases the demand load on the grid. Our demand for electricity is growing and the Energy Information Administration estimates that demand will rise at least 40 percent by 2030.
The power grid supplies only the electricity we ask for, though, and it's up to us to practice energy conservation. One way to decrease the demand load is a concept called demand response. In broad terms, demand response programs give us -- residential, commercial and industrial consumers -- the ability to voluntarily trim our electricity usage at specific times of the day (such as peak hours) during high electricity prices, or during emergencies (such as preventing a blackout). Read More
DOE Smart Grid
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new interactive website designed to serve as a smart grid informational resource for consumers and utility professionals. The website - SmartGrid.gov - features educational information, including detailed answers to frequently asked questions on the smart grid, as well as facts and information about electric vehicles, renewable energy, grid operations and distribution intelligence. The website also provides information on federal incentives and current smart grid initiatives.