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Grid Modernization
​The growth of distributed energy resources (DER) at scale is transforming the use and operation of the electric grid. In order to integrate DER into the grid, while preserving reliability and power quality, the grid needs to be redesigned to give it new functionality. Broadly speaking, this is what grid modernization is all about: replacing distribution lines and deploying new technologies (e.g., distribution management systems, high speed communications, advanced sensors, energy storage) to provide new capabilities to enable a clean energy future.

  • EEI Summary of State Regulatory Smart Grid Decisions​ | August 2011
    A table that summarizes 76 decisions by state utility commissions in 24 states on investor-owned utility applications for approval of smart grid programs and projects. Information for each case includes decision date and docket number, approved investment amounts, stimulus funding amounts, cost recovery provisions, dynamic pricing provisions, and other key findings.
  • Regulatory and Policy Issues Associated with Smart Grid Implementation​ | October 2010
    This report serves as a primer for understanding state and federal regulatory and policy issues raised by smart grid deployment, including issues related to technology choices, interoperability, cyber security, data collection and privacy, cost recovery, rate design, and tax policy.