The more than 330 Recovery Act-funded projects that the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has been managing over the past five years have been successfully completed, with major improvements to the grid now in place across America. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Energy Department invested more than $31 billion in a wide range of projects nationwide. The DOE investment included $4.5 billion for modernization of the nation’s electric grid. With matching private funding from the electric sector, the investment in grid modernization totaled about $9.5 billion.
After nearly five years, the 131 smart grid projects funded through the 2009 Recovery Act are nearing completion and the results are significant. Smart grid applications are producing meaningful benefits for grid operators and customers alike
On July 8, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce announced more than $14 million in smart grid matching grants from the State’s Clean Energy Fund. This funding will help three utilities – Avista Corp., Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish Public Utility District – test and deploy new energy storage technologies designed to help integrate renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar onto the electric grid. The aim is to support greater deployment of these technologies and build a grid that is more efficient, flexible and resilient to the effects of climate change.
Synchrophasors are starting a revolution, enabling a level of observation and control never envisioned when the grid was designed. Real-time awareness of the grid’s operating conditions helps to enhance reliability and assists in integrating clean energy technologies.