The Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program is structured as a public–private partnership to accelerate investments in grid modernization. The $3.4 billion in federal Recovery Act funds are matched on a one‐to‐one basis (at a minimum) with private sector resources—bringing the total investment in SGIG projects to $7.8 billion. DOE used a merit‐based, competitive process to select and fund 99 projects that are now deploying smart grid technologies and systems across the power grid, from transmission system to end‐use customer, in almost every U.S. state.

The SGIG Program Progress Report II, which updates the SGIG Progress Report published in July 2012, is now available. This report includes new information on expenditures, installations of technologies and systems, grid impacts, lessons learned, and accomplishments in cybersecurity and interoperability. It also provides more than 20 examples of SGIG projects that have completed their installation activities and are making progress toward achievement of smarter grids.

For more information about how OE is using Recovery Act funds to modernize our nation’s energy and communication infrastructure and enhance energy independence, visit the Recovery Act page.