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Smart Grid Principal Characteristics: Optimizes Asset Utilization and Operates Efficiently

Aug. 31, 2009

U.S. Department of Energy, National EnergyTechnology Laboratory

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This report explores principal characteristics of the smart grid (i.e. smart grid optimization, asset utilization, and efficient operation). The following topics are addressed: the current and proposed states of the smart grid, requirements and barriers for implementation, expected benefits, and recommendations for moving forward.

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