The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has placed an unprecedented funding resource in the hands of DOE, resulting in the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program and the Smart Grid Demonstration (SGD) program (“Smart Grid Programs”). As part of the Smart Grid Programs, DOE will award approximately $4 billion to utilities, equipment suppliers, regional transmission organizations, states, and research organizations to jump start smart grid deployment and demonstration on a massive scale. The projects to be undertaken by these recipients will support critical national objectives. As the steward of this tremendous public trust, DOE is duty bound to make sure that the money awarded to recipients is invested in a way that maximizes the public benefit in both the near and longer terms. To answer the questions about the development of the smart grid, DOE will collect information from each of the award recipients (“Project Teams”), and analyze the information to determine the progress of smart grid implementation and the resulting impacts. This guidebook describes the type of information to be collected from each of the Project Teams and how it will be used by DOE to communicate overall conclusions to the public.