THE SMART GRID: BACKBONE OF AMERICA’S ENERGY SUPPLY

The energy grid is America’s network of transmission lines, energy plants, distribution lines, substations, and other systems that help Americans access the energy they need to power their daily lives. When you flip a switch or press a button and the power comes on, it’s the smart grid that sends energy wherever it’s needed.

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ENHANCING THE GRID TO SUPPORT AMERICA’S GROWING POWER NEEDS

America’s energy companies are creating the next generation smart grid by incorporating telecommunications and information technology devices into their operations.

The smart grid:

  • Gives consumers greater insight into and control over their energy usage
  • Enables consumers to make smarter energy decisions and save money on their electric bills
  • Allows energy companies to more effectively identify and address problems in real time
  • Supports and improves reliability and efficiency

By enhancing the grid, the energy industry is creating a platform for new technologies. This smarter energy infrastructure provides important benefits to consumers, including significant opportunities for energy savings and a variety of potential new services.

KEEPING OUR GRID STRONG FOR THE FUTURE

It’s difficult to overstate the critical role our nation’s energy grid plays in every aspect of our lives. Our future depends on policies and investments that help us to enhance the grid to keep it strong, safe, and reliable.



    • Powering our lives

      From powering our homes, businesses, and the devices we use to transforming the way we work, learn, and get around—electricity supports and advances our quality of life.

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    • Powering our economy

      The electric power industry supports local jobs and community services.  Electricity also keeps businesses running, drives our economy, and is revolutionizing industries nationwide.

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    • Powering innovation

      The way we use and produce electricity is changing. As a result, electricity is helping spur the development of new technologies that enhance our everyday lives.

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    • Powering our future

      The future of electricity is on the fast track - reliable, affordable electricity is critical to the way we work, travel, learn, play, and live today and tomorrow.

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