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The Federal Smart Grid Task Force was established under Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to coordinate smart grid activities across the federal government. It includes experts from seven different federal agencies. The Department of Energy is represented by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability ("OE") which is the Task Force lead, as well as the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Other members include representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense.

The Task Force's Mission[]

The mission of the Task Force is to ensure awareness, coordination and integration of the diverse activities of DOE's OE and elsewhere in the federal government related to Smart Grid technologies, practices, and services. The Task Force will collaborate with DOE's Electricity Advisory Committee and other relevant federal agencies and programs.


Beginning in 2005, OE convened seven regional workshops across the country, involving regulators, utilities, vendors, legislators, research institutions, universities, and other stakeholders to forge a common vision and scope for the smart grid. This two-year effort resulted in identification of the principal smart grid functional characteristics that comprise the foundation of OE's smart grid program

  • Self-healing from power disturbance events
  • Enabling active participation by consumers in demand response
  • Operating resiliently against physical and cyber attack
  • Providing power quality for 21st century needs
  • Accommodating all generation and storage options
  • Enabling new products, services, and markets
  • Optimizing assets and operating efficiently