In today’s rapidly transforming energy industry, utilities are focused on modernizing the electrical grid with an integrated communications infrastructure. However, interoperability concerns, legacy networks, disparate tools, and stringent security requirements all add complexity to the transforming grid. To address these challenges, the Cisco GridBlocks™ Architecture provides a forward-looking view into how the electrical grid can be integrated with digital communications across the entire power delivery chain. The model is a starting point for creating utility-specific designs, and offers guidance on deployment of grid-specific applications. It also lays out a framework for designing and deploying comprehensive management and security solutions across the grid. This will help utilities to lower the total cost of ownership of their communication infrastructure, as well as create additional value by helping to enable new utility services.