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Accelerating the transition to a Smart Grid in the United States through the development of implementation strategies and tools.  

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Demand Dispatch: Introducing a concept where the "load follows the generation" enabling full optimization of both supply and demand. A promising new operating model that can be achieved in the future as demand response evolves within the Smart Grid.

Learn about sharing Smart Grid experiences in the new white paper, "Sharing Smart Grid Experiences with Performance Feedback."

NETL commissioned a series of studies on the impact of Smart Grid on utilities, consumers, and society. The final reports are now available: Electric Power System Asset Optimization, Environmental Impacts of Smart Grid, and Assessment of Future Vehicle Transportation Options and Their Impact on the Electric Grid.
Supporting presentations are also available: Electric Power System Asset Optimization, Environmental Impacts of Smart Grid, and Assessment of Future Vehicle Transportation Options and Their Impact on the Electric Grid.

View the Florida State University (FSU) Professional Development Course presentation to the Florida Public Service Commission on February 4, 2011, “Smart Grid Technologies, Professional Development Course.”

See a new presentation on the West Virginia Smart Grid Implementation Plan Roadmap Framework at GridWeek 2010.

Smart Grid Implementation Strategy: Moving Forward
The DOE Smart Grid Implementation Strategy team (SGIS, previously the Modern Grid Initiative) was conceived at NETL in January 2005. Its mission was to “accelerate grid modernization in the United States.” As part of that mission, the SGIS team formulated a Smart Grid vision that has been widely accepted as a foundation for Smart Grid planning. Today, a number of Smart Grid projects, including about 140 DOE-supported activities, are in various stages of implementation across the United States. Clearly, much has been accomplished in the industry, but it is now time to transition from getting started to getting the job done.

Smart Grid Implementation: Challenges and Solutions
Today’s projects will generate a significant experience base, which if shared with other stakeholders could provide substantial benefits to the industry and society in general. The sharing of lessons learned, which can prevent mistakes from being repeated, and best practices, which can enable others to benefit from proven techniques, can make the Smart Grid transition more effective and efficient. But, the sharing of Smart Grid experiences faces a number of challenges, including:

  • Processes for generating a rich stream of Smart Grid experiences that can be broadly shared are not in place.
  • Stakeholders may be reluctant to share their Smart Grid experiences, particularly lessons learned.

These challenges have been addressed in the SGIS white paper, “Sharing Smart Grid Experiences Through Performance Feedback.” Smart Grid stakeholders are asked to consider our approaches to these challenges and offer comment. While our ideas in the area of experience-sharing are still preliminary, we are optimistic they will be valued by the Smart Grid community.

Smart Grid Implementation: Getting it Done
Focused on the “getting it done” phase, the SGIS team is now providing support to many Smart Grid organizations who want to share their experiences. These organizations and their SGIS support services include:

The National Action Plan (NAP) Coalition: The SGIS team is assisting NAP in the development of case studies highlighting best practices and lessons learned.

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI): SGIS team members have completed certification training as Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) Navigators and will assist SEI in the facilitation of Navigator workshops.

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC): As an affiliate member, SGIS assists SGCC committees where appropriate.


Although the SGIS team’s main focus is now on Smart Grid implementation, we recognize that a large number of stakeholders, particularly in the consumer area, still want to learn more about the fundamentals of the Smart Grid and how it could benefit them. As always, SGIS team members are available to present such Smart Grid concepts to interested organizations. Please contact the team at to schedule a speaker, ask questions, or provide input about any of the areas described above.

The NETL Smart Grid Implementation Strategy also supports the work of the U.S. Department of Energy at and the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse. is a centralized place for open collaboration, participation, and education about
smart grids.

Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse

The SGIS team is coordinating with the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC), whose objective is “to design, populate, manage, and maintain a public SGIC web portal that reaches out to a broad user community both for information gathering and knowledge delivery."

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