Updating first generation units
The Smart Grid is not just about utilities and technologies; it is about giving you the information and tools you need to make choices about your energy use.
If you already manage activities such as personal banking from your home computer, imagine managing your electricity in a similar way.
But not everyone knows what the grid is, let alone the Smart Grid.By combining these "distributed generation" resources, a community could keep its health center, police department, traffic lights, phone System, and grocery store operating during emergencies.In addition, the Smart Grid is a way to address an aging energy infrastructure that needs to be upgraded or replaced.Once mature, the Smart Grid will likely bring the same kind of transformation that the Internet has already brought to the way we live, work, play, and learn.
The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources.OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States.