US Department of Energy Selected Virginia Tech Team To Develop the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse

DoE Press Release July 20, 2009

Secretary Chu Announces More than $57 Million in Recovery Act Funding to Advance Smart Grid Development

Secretary Chu announced today that the Department has
begun the development of a Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse.
The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) was selected as
the winner of the $1.3 million initiative to develop and maintain the Clearinghouse
website, which will be charged with answering questions from the public and distributing
information about smart grid initiatives occurring nationwide.

This project is managed by and run from the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute in Arlington, VA with assistance from the IEEE Power & Energy Society and EnerNex Corporation. The objective is to design, populate, manage and maintain a public Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC) portal. Contents in the SGIC portal will include demonstration projects, use cases, standards, legislation, policy and regulation, lessons learned and best practices, and advanced topics dealing with research and development. The SGIC database will highlight the rapidly evolving opportunity to use electricity in an environmentally responsible way. It is envisioned that the SGIC portal will be the essential gateway that connects the smart grid community to the relevant sources of information that are currently scattered and distributed on the worldwide web. The portal will also direct its users to other pertinent sources or databases for additional data, case studies, etc. It will serve as a decision support tool for both state and federal regulators in their deliberations for rule-making and evaluating the impact of their investments in the smart grid technologies and software.

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