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Explaining Smart Grid

Various groups and coalitions provide resources that explain how the smart grid is part of the future of energy. We provide links to presentations and talks that may prove helpful to your own efforts. Please give credits and citations as appropriate.


Websites: is an energy literacy initiative focused on educating, empowering, and motivating consumers to make smart decisions about the way we use electricity. The initiative is backed by a coalition of business, nonprofit, and government organizations united in the desire to increase awareness about the wide-reaching impact of our current energy consumption, the benefits of energy efficiency, and the importance of modernizing the electricity grid. is the gateway to information on federal initiatives that support the development of the technologies, policies and projects transforming the electric power industry. It contains information targeted to consumers as well as industry stakeholders., developed by the trade association for investor-owned utilities explains to consumers what the smart grid is, how it works, and why grid modernization is beneficial for electric companies and their customers. Customer video testimonials show how the smart grid already is making a difference to customers across the country. The site also features simple tools to help customers better manage their electricity costs. There is also a toolkit for EEI members.



Powering Progress: Smart Infrastructure and The Future of Cities: Massoud Amin (2012) 
IEEE member Massoud Amin witnessed the 1977 NYC blackout, the 9/11 tragedies near DC, and the collapse of the I-35W bridge. He works on enabling smart, secure and resilient infrastructures. He leads extensive projects in smart grids and is considered the "father of smart grid." This is a TedxTalk.
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What is the Smart Grid?: Cheri Warren (2011)
IEEE member Cheri Warren describes how the smart grid can help the City of Worcester achieve its goals.
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