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After the Storm

Strategies for reducing the impact of power outages through a stronger, smarter electric grid

What is a Smart Grid?

The true measure of an electric grid is its performance. Reliability, power quality, the number and duration of outages, and average restoration times if power is lost are what really matters to customers.

What Public Officials Can Do to Promote Smart Grid

  • At the Federal Level:
  • At State and Local Levels:

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

AMI refers to all components of the infrastructure relating to electric metering
and communications. This includes smart meters capable of two-way

Distribution Automation (DA)

DA is a Smart Grid technology that can be implemented on the electric grid’s
distribution system of local power lines and neighborhood substations. It often
offers the greatest bang for the buck. It improves reliability with real-time
monitoring and intelligent control.

Demand Response (DR)

DR consists of reducing demand instead of increasing supply. It usually refers
to programs that aggregate small reductions from many different users and then
treat that reduction as a single block of power.

Energy Efficiency (EE) Products

EE products are devices that reduce electricity consumption on a consistent
basis. EE products are available in the residential, commercial, and industrial
spaces, and generally do not require any changes in the consumer’s or operator’s
behavior in order to be effective.

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

DERs are energy supplies and power sources that tend to be smaller than the
typical utility-scale sources and are usually positioned closer to demand centers,
frequently co-located customer sites.


A microgrid is an interconnected set of electricity sources and loads that falls
under a common method of control.

Downed Power Lines

Downed power lines can carry an electric current strong enough to cause serious
injury or even death. Electricity wants to move from a high voltage zone to a low
voltage zone—and it could do that through your body.

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