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A Policy Framework for The 21st Century Grid: A Progress Report
John P. Holdren

The Obama Administration’s National Science and Technology Council released A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: A Progress Report—an update highlighting the Administration’s most recent achievements to make the Nation’s electric grid stronger, smarter, and cleaner than ever before.

In June 2011, the Obama Administration released “A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future,” which highlights the benefits of a modernized electric system in the United States. Produced by the Cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the Policy Framework sets four guiding principles to ensure that all Americans benefit from investments in the Nation’s electric infrastructure:
1. Enabling Cost-Effective Smart Grid Investments
2. Unlocking the Potential of Innovation in the Electricity Sector
3. Empowering Consumers and Enabling Informed Decision Making
4. Securing the Grid
This report summarizes Federal Government progress in these four areas and the range of recent steps taken to deliver on the promise of a 21st century grid, including: investing in the development and deployment of smart grid technologies and transmission infrastructure; improving access to household or building energy data in formats useful to families and businesses; establishing new interoperability standards to spur private-sector innovation; and launching new programs to address critical grid security needs.

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Executive Office of the President - National Science and Technology Council