Almost a year ago now the U.S. Department of Energy allocated more than $57 million in Recovery Act funds to advance smart grid development in the United States. A portion of that – $1.3 million – was awarded to the Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virgina Tech) to develop an online smart grid portal which would act as a clearinghouse of information for advocates, consumers and the industry alike. The Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse site is now up and available for viewing.
A statement put out to the press about this site launch indicates the portal, which is in beta, is designed to provide “technical, legislative, and project information on smart grid deployment both in the US and globally.” Contents of the site include smart grid demonstration projects, use cases, standards, legislation, policy and regulation, lessons learned and best practices, and advanced topics dealing with research and development. For consumers as well it can serve as an education tool, helping them to understand what exactly a smart grid does and what smart grid projects might be going on via their local utilities and governments.
“The site starts with basic information and gradually gets more technical as you work through it”, said Katerine Hamilton, president of GridWise Alliance and serving on the Advisory Board for the Clearinghouse, in a statement. “We think this will serve as a good starting point for everyday consumers, policymakers or university researchers.”