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Recovery Act Smart Grid Programs

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided the U.S. Department of Energy with $4.5 billion to modernize the electric power grid and to implement Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.

The two largest initiatives are the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program and the Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP), which were originally authorized by EISA , and later modified by the Recovery Act . The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) was responsible for managing these five-year programs.

This chart depicts a timeline for each phase of Smart Grid implementation.  The Guidance phase runs from early 2009 through mid-2011.  Planning runs from 2010 through 2011.  Recipient Reporting (Deployment of Assets and Costs) runs from mid-2010 through mid-2014.  Recipient Reporting (Grid Impacts and Technology Performance) runs from 2011 through 2016. DOE Analysis (Technologies, Benefits and Lessons Learned) runs from early 2011 through 2016.

SGIG focuses on deploying existing smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques to improve grid performance today. SGDP explores advanced smart grid and energy storage systems and evaluates performance for future applications. Other smart grid programs funded through the Recovery Act include Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector, interoperability and cybersecurity and the Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Program.

chart depicting timelines for Smart Grid programs

Learn more about these Recovery Act Smart Grid programs, studies and activities:

Additional information is also available on projects and publications that were funded by the Recovery Act.