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The U.S. Department of Energy Summarizes Their ISGT Conference Sessions and Participation

After celebrating a successful Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-22, 2014, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) received a summary report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding their participation in the event.

IEEE PES invited the DOE to organize six ISGT panel sessions featuring presentations and results from 17 smart grid projects from the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Programs (SGDP), both supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In addition, the DOE helped organize a panel that explored future smart grid initiatives—“New Frontiers of Smart Grid”—which set the stage for the ISGT conference and encouraged participants to discuss new opportunities and emerging challenges.

Many of the DOE’s observations on the ISGT panels and sessions focused on several U.S.-based utilities and their successes with installing smart grid technologies. While many of their programs are in the early stages and still require development, the DOE recognized the effectiveness of both the SGIG and the SGDP in advancing smart grid initiatives in the United States.

To read the DOE’s report on the six presentations and their key findings from the ISGT conference, click here.

For more information and to view additional presentations from the 2014 ISGT North America Conference in D.C., please visit The Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference website.

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