Consumer Awareness Programs
A grid is a network that brings electricity from power stations to consumers. New technologies allow power companies to adjust electrical loads of residential users based on their specific needs - this is called a "smart grid." Smart grid helps consumers to be better informed about their electricity usage and allows electric utility companies to serve customer demand in the most efficient way.
For example, during a hot summer afternoon when AC units are running at full capacity, the smart grid can send information to recalibrate other loads, which helps to alleviate stress on the system as a whole. The Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse (SGIC) is a web portal dedicated to being a comprehensive resource for consumers. Below are various awareness programs offered by federal and state agencies, as well as those provided by the private sector.