The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $4.5 billion for the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG), Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP), and other DOE smart grid programs. These programs provided grants to the electric utility industry to deploy smart grid technologies to modernize the nation’s electric grid. As a part of these programs, independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and electric utilities installed synchrophasor and supporting technologies and systems in their electric power transmission systems.
Under the Recovery Act, the Energy Department awarded $3.5 billion in funds to the electricity industry, including OG&E, to help catalyze the adoption of smart grid tools, technologies and techniques such as demand response that are designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. Understanding lessons learned from these projects is vital.
The Voices of Experience | Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement guide builds on the knowledge shared during a series of DOE-sponsored regional peer-to-peer workshops during which utilities discussed compelling smart grid topics and issues. The guide offers practical advice and lessons learned, and showcases creative, high-impact approaches.
The Smart Grid Investment Grant program's consumer behavior study effort presents an opportunity to advance the electric power industry’s understanding of consumer behaviors in terms of customer acceptance and retention, and energy and peak demand impacts.
The success of the Smart Grid will depend in part on consumers taking a more proactive role in managing their energy use. This document is the result of a nine-month effort to compile information on the successful approaches used by utilities to engage customers regarding smart grid technology deployments. Voices of Experience: Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement provides practical advice from utilities that have implemented smart grid projects to educate and engage their customers.