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IS-2008-138: The Smart Grid: An Introduction


This report from the U.S. Department of Energy introduces the concept of the Smart Grid for electricity.  The Smart Grid in intended to transform the electric grid on a scale comparable to the change wrought by the interstate highways and the Internet.  In additional to reliability, grid issues include energy efficiency, environmental impact, and customer choice.  The Smart Grid is a two-way flow of electricity and information.  Two-way electricity accommodates locally generated power such as wind and photovoltaics.  Characteristics of a Smart Grid include intelligent, efficient, accommodating, motivating, opportunistic, quality-focused, resilient, and “green.”  Examples of Smart Grid projects are presented.














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