Today’s energy grid, the network for delivering power from producers to consumers, is inefficient and unreliable. Congestion, bottlenecks, and blackouts cost energy providers and consumers billions of dollars annually. Additionally, consumers are uninformed when it comes to how and when they use energy and where that energy comes from. Furthermore, most energy generated today comes from a few large fossil fuel-based producers; this makes the grid “dirty” and vulnerable to attacks and natural disasters.
The Council supports efforts to implement a smart grid. A smart grid will be more efficient than our current energy grid, as each asset within the grid will integrate well with other assets to maximize function while reducing costs, energy use, and air pollution. The Council is working to educate communities in the Mid-Atlantic region about new technologies, like smart meters. The Council developed the Sustainable Energy Education Program (SEEP) to educate the public about saving energy through conservation, energy efficiency, and smart grid technology. The Council is an advocate of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as an integral part of the new smart grid.
A Comparison Between Today's Grid and a Smart Grid