The Law: 42 U.S. Code § 17381 – Statement of policy on modernization of electricity grid     

It is the policy of the United States to support the modernization of the Nation’s electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet future demand growth and to achieve each of the following, which together characterize a Smart Grid:

(1)         Increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid.

(5)         Deployment of “smart” technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimize the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation.

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