White House to Launch New Smart Grid Initiatives

Updated: Here’s the details on the new smart grid programs.

On Monday morning the White House plans to hold an event focused on the smart grid that will discuss both new private and public initiatives for how to implement a smarter power grid. While I don’t know the details of any new programs, officials involved in the announcement will include Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

At the event the White House also plans to release a report written by the National Science and Technology Council on “A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid.” The report will look at smart grid technology, how IT can reduce the need for new power plants and can deal with power outages, and how to integrate clean power and electric vehicles into the grid.

The event, which takes place 7AM to 830AM PT, will be welcome attention for the smart grid from the U.S. federal government, now that the stimulus package funds for the smart grid have been allocated and are being spent. Utilities have expressed concerns that one of the biggest impediments to the deployment of the smart grid in the U.S. is that after the stimulus funding is gone, there has been great uncertainty about funding future smart grid initiatives.

We’ll bring you the news Monday morning!

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