Federal legislation and DOE grants are promoting the “smart grid” but have not given extensive policy guidance. Meanwhile state public utility commissions are experimenting with a variety of approaches to “decoupling” utility returns from megawatts sold. Smart grid technology can provide all the players with more information and more energy management capability, but unless utility incentives are aligned with the effort, distributed generation, energy efficiency and demand response will not develop as hoped. This program explores the interface between these two so far independent trends.
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