Policy Profile

Grid Modernization Plan

Policy description:

The electric grid is a complex system of generation, transmission, distribution, and demand. Not only is this infrastructure aging, but recent advances in technology are also forcing the electric industry to undergo a major shift in the manner in which electricity is produced, delivered, and used. High quality and reliable electricity is required to support the transition to a digital economy. Emerging physical and cyber security threats, along with increased demand for faster outage response times, require, at minimum, real-time incident response capabilities. Increased grid penetration of renewable energy coupled with the adoption of advanced metering, energy storage, microgrid, and other technologies to modernize our electric system will provide economic benefits, increase security, and ensure more reliable, resilient, and clean electricity. However, this next level of innovation requires a large investment toward improving grid technology. The electric utility grid is one of the last components of our society to integrate robust digital data capabilities fully. For more information, see the full policy brief.

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  1. Does the state energy plan address grid modernization/ resiliency?
  2. Is state support for grid investment above the national average in the 2016 Grid Modernization Index?
  3. Is customer engagement above the national average in the 2016 Grid Modernization Index?
  4. Is investment in grid operations above the national average in the 2016 Grid Modernization Index?
  5. Is the state in the top 25 percent of states overall in the 2016 Grid Modernization Index?