President Obama has announced the largest single grid modernization investment in U.S. history, funding a broad range of technologies to spur the nation's transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system. This will promote energy-saving choices for consumers, increase energy efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. The $3.4 billion in investments are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and will be matched by industry funding for a total public-private investment worth over $8 billion.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE SMART GRID INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM
July 16: 2012: PROGRESS REPORT
The SGIG projects were launched in early 2010, and all projects are expected to complete equipment installation in the 2013–2014 time frame. Data analysis and reporting is expected to be completed by 2015. The progress report provides a summary of the SGIG program’s progress, initial accomplishments, and next steps.
Smart Grid Investment Grant Profiles
Case studies are available from several grant recipients describing how Smart Grid Investment Grants are making an impact. More will be posted as they become available.
October 12, 2011: NOTICE
Federal Register Notice (PDF Version) on the DOE’s invitation for public comment on its request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend for three years the Information Collection Request Title: OE Recovery Act Financial Assistance Grants, OMB Control No. 1910–5149 that DOE is developing for submission to OMB pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments due on or before November 7, 2011. OMB Form 83-I. ICR Supporting Statement. SGIG Reporting Guidance.
August 10, 2011: NOTICE
Federal Register Notice (PDF Version) on the DOE’s invitation for public comment on its intent to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend for four years the Information Collection Request Title: OE Recovery Act Financial Assistance Grants, OMB Control No. 1910–5149 that DOE is developing for submission to OMB pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments due on or before October 11, 2011.
July 26, 2011: BLOG
Smart Meters Helping Oklahoma Consumers Save Hundreds During Summer Heat
Smart meters -- just one of the advanced technologies being used to modernize the grid -- are helping Oklahoma businesses and home owners beat high electricity bills not only during these summer months, but year-round.
July 26, 2011: PRESS RELEASE
CenterPoint Energy has released survey results from a 500 participant smart meter In-Home Display pilot program showing that 71 percent of customers changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their in-home displays. The results were released while U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman visited Houston to see how smart meters and intelligent grid technology - partially funded with a $200 million Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy - are enabling consumers to better monitor and manage their electric use and helping modernize the electric infrastructure.
March 4, 2011: BLOG
Million Meter Milestone
On February 23, 2011, SGIG program manager Don Macdonald was in Houston, Texas where SGIG recipient CenterPoint Energy celebrated the installation of its one millionth smart meter at its Energy InSight Center. Don recounted the experience for the DOE Energy Blog.
February 14, 2011: BLOG
Two New Studies Show How Energy Consumers Respond to Smart Grid Technology
Two new studies performed by Oklahoma Gas & Electric and the Pecan Street Project in Austin, Texas show how energy consumers respond to smart grid technologies.
SMART GRID PRESS RELEASES