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White House Event Amps Up Grid Modernization Efforts

June 16, 2011 Comments off

White House Event Amps Up Grid Modernization Efforts
Source: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The advent of a range of information, communications, and energy technologies provides us with an opportunity to upgrade the grid in a manner that will enable it to operate more efficiently, more reliably, and to spur innovation. To take best advantage of the opportunities provided by these technologies, A Policy Framework for a 21stCentury Grid establishes four key priorities:

  • “Scale what works” to enable cost-effective smart grid investments;
  • Unlock the innovation potential in the electricity sector with a continued focus on open interoperability standards;
  • Empower consumers with education and access to their own energy usage information in consumer- and computer- friendly formats, with improved privacy safeguards and consumer protections; and
  • Continue to secure the grid against natural disasters and cyber-threats.

President Obama has set goals of having one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and generating 80% of our electricity from a diverse set of clean energy sources by 2035. Upgrading our grid can play an important role in moving towards these bold but achievable goals, as well as integrating renewable energy into the grid while also becoming better able to facilitate the wider use and charging of electric vehicles. Upgrading the grid would also have a direct effect on consumers by saving families money through increased efficiency and reliability, while also helping utilities avoid blackouts and restore power quicker when they occur.

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