On October 22, members of the Energetics Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) support team received recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Patricia Hoffman. The team received the award “in recognition of your leadership and outstanding support of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program, which helped the United States recover from economic hardship, create jobs, and enhance the reliability, security, and efficiency of the nation’s electric delivery system.”
The SGIG program was a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Overall, ARRA provided DOE 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. Of that funding, $3.4 billion was provided to the SGIG program and distributed to 99 recipients across the United States. Grant recipients provided, at a minimum, 100% matching of the DOE funds for a total program of nearly $8 billion.
The program funds were used to assist utilities with deployment of a variety of smart grid technologies, including advanced meters (smart meters) and related systems, customer portals and systems, electric distribution system components, and electric transmission system components. Some additional projects were conducted by upstream suppliers, such as chip manufacturers, and consumer appliance manufacturers that developed and deployed smart appliances.
Over 30 Energetics team members provided support during the six years of the program to help solicit and select projects for funding, develop program management plans, create processes and systems for a DOE program management office, work with utilities on project execution planning, and review nearly $8 billion in invoices. The team reviewed qualitative and quantitative data about project progress, noting potential pitfalls and opportunities for learning between grant recipients. The team also visited SGIG recipient sites across the nation, providing DOE support and input to the meetings.
Energetics also provided logistical support, facilitation, analysis, and reporting for two cybersecurity information exchanges that helped recipients share their experiences on specific grid cybersecurity challenges and opportunities.
Energetics looks forward to applying the lessons learned on the SGIG program in our work with utilities seeking to implement advanced grid technologies across the globe.
The SGIG program aided in kick-starting grid advancements across the United States. Collectively, SGIG projects deployed:
- >16.3 million smart meters
- >400,000 direct load control devices
- >250,000 programmable communicating thermostats
Distribution automation equipment
- >9,000 automated feeder switches
- >11,000 automated capacitors
- >10,000 automated regulators
Distributed energy resources
- Almost 200 stationary electricity and energy storage devices
- Almost 500 electric vehicle charging stations
Transmission system components
- >1,300 phasor measurement units
- Almost 170 phasor data concentrators