In order to help in the effort of correctly monitoring and creating power they are also funding projects to connect different parts of the grid to increase communication so power can travel greater distances. By installing smart meters, syncrophasors, automated substations, and smart transformers this project will bring together our formerly separated system of power. For instance the grid in Tuscon, Arizona is relatively close to San Diego, California but if the technology is different it’s possible that they can’t share power and therefore if there is excess it might go to waste. This effort will eliminate blackouts and brownouts and the costs associated with such issues.
The project also includes infrastructure for electric vehicles, funding for smart appliances, funding for the jump-start of manufacturing green energy tech and research and development of new renewable energy resources. All in all this 8 Billion will go a long way for our future. It will jump start our economy, get us on the road to a real “Power Grid 2.0″ and help us save money by implementing the green technology that we are so desperately in need of.