Smart Grid Technologies

Smart Grid technologies quickly are emerging as critical components of the energy infrastructure in North Carolina and our nation. The national energy grid links 5,800 power plants, tens of thousands of power substations, millions of miles of transmission and distribution lines and countless industries, businesses and homes. As the grid infrastructure ages, incorporating new technologies doesn’t just deliver power more efficiently — it embraces 21st-century two-way communication technologies that will help ensure the growing demand for reliable and affordable electricity is met.

Smart Grid technologies are being developed to:

  • Provide reliable and adequate power for the digital economy.
  • Provide consumers with information and opportunities to control their own energy consumption, budgets and generation sources.
  • Accommodate additional electric generation and storage options and decentralize generation.
  • Optimize power generation resources and efficiency, improve outage management and improve maintenance.
  • Anticipate and respond to system disturbances with continuous system-wide self-assessment and automatic responses for a reliable and secure electrical supply.


Smart Grid Calendar
 — A list of face-to-face and Internet events related to the Smart Grid community and infrastructure modernization. This resource focuses on North Carolina and the Southeast but also includes major national conferences, workshops and other learning opportunities.

SmartGrid.gov — The federal government’s gateway to information on initiatives that support the development of technologies, policies and projects to transform the electric power industry.

Key Links
Smart Grid 101
The Smart Home
Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid
Consumer Engagement and Demand Response
Integrating Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Intelligent Distribution Infrastructure
Operations Center Management

Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse — The Clearinghouse connects the Smart Grid community to sources of information currently scattered and distributed on the web. The Clearinghouse provides information about demonstration projects, case studies, standards, legislation, policy and regulation, lessons learned and best practices, and advanced topics dealing with Smart Grid research and development.

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