Obama still pushing smart grid, but CEOs are pushing for a national energy policy


Quick Take: The Obama Administration’s National Science and Technology Council has just released A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: A Progress Report that highlights recent achievements. A few takeaways:

  • The President continues to tout the smart grid, even calling for "self-healing power grids" during his State of the Union address
  • The administration cites reliability, efficiency and renewables integration as the three major benefits
  • The administration sees policy as a major enabler -- or a major blocker

The report highlights progress in smart meters and sensors; in rural grid modernization; in workforce training; in customer empowerment (via Green Button); and in cybersecurity. -- Jesse Berst


Progress aside, we still need a comprehensive national energy strategy insists the Business Roundtable (BRT), a group representing CEOs from major U.S. companies. BRT just released a report of its own – Taking Action on Energy: A CEO Vision for America's Energy Future – which it says is the national energy strategy we need.

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