GEOG 469
Energy Industry Applications of GIS

The Smart Grid


The Smart Grid website is maintained by the Federal government to provide the latest information on the progress of updating the electrical grid to a smart grid system. The smart grid initiative was authorized by Congress under Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The information contained on this smart grid website will give you a comprehensive look at what the Smart Grid is and how the Federal government, working with industry, is bringing the electrical grid into the 21st century.

Required Reading

Learn more about the Smart Grid at

Explore each aspect of the website by clicking on "Read More" under "Recovery Act Projects" and then navigating through each of the topics on the right sidebar of the website.

As you explore the website take time to understand what a smart grid is, how the smart grid is being implemented throughout the country, what efforts are being made to train the next generation of grid technicians and professionals, and what efforts are being implemented to standardize the system and protect it from cyber attacks.