SGIG and SGDP Highlights: Jumpstarting a Modern Grid (October 2014)

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided DOE with $4.5 billion to modernize the electric power grid. Under the largest program, the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG), DOE and the electricity industry have jointly invested $8 billion in 99 cost-shared projects involving more than 200 participating electric utilities and other organizations to modernize the electric grid, strengthen cybersecurity, improve interoperability, and collect an unprecedented level of data on smart grid operations and benefits.

The Recovery Act also enabled DOE to invest $600 million along with $900 million industry cost share in 32 Regional Smart Grid Demonstrations and Energy Storage Demonstration projects under the Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP). The goal of SGDP is to demonstrate new and more cost-effective smart grid technologies, tools, techniques, and system configurations that significantly improve on the ones commonly used today.

This report provides highlights and summaries of the projects that received funding through the Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration program and was presented at an October 2014 conference held jointly by EPRI and DOE. The conference presented results from field experience gained in both the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative and DOE’s SGIG and SGDP programs. The summary of the conference proceedings, The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond, is also available to download.