13 Jun '11, 4pm

Obama administration unveils programs to modernize U.S. electric grid system

13 Jun 2011: U.S. Unveils Programs to Modernize Electric Grid System The Obama administration unveiled a series of initiatives to upgrade the nation’s electric grid , including $250 million in loans for so-called smart grid projects in rural areas and steps to secure the grid against cyber attacks. The strategy also calls on state and federal regulators to encourage a shift to smart grid technologies, including advanced meters. Other initiatives include a nonprofit program called Grid 21 promoting consumer tools to reduce energy use while maintaining privacy and security; a new federal team to monitor and support clean energy and transmission line projects nationwide; and a program to share lessons learned from earlier smart-grid investments. Although the announcement of new programs notably did not include much new funding, administration officials called the initiatives ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/us_unveils_programs_to_modern...

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