It is the policy of the United States to support the modernization of the Nation’s electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet future demand growth and to achieve each of the following, which together characterize a Smart Grid:
Increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid.
Integration of “smart” appliances and consumer devices.
Deployment and integration of advanced electricity storage and peak-shaving technologies, including plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and thermal-storage air conditioning.
Development of standards for communication and interoperability of appliances and equipment connected to the electric grid, including the infrastructure serving the grid.