The Smart Grid: An Estimation of the Energy and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Benefits


United States Department of Energy
United States Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
R.G. Pratt
M.C.W. Kintner-Meyer
P.J. Balducci
T.F. Sanquist
C. Gerkensmeyer
K.P. Schneider
S. Katipamula
T.J. Secrest
1 January 2010

This report articulates nine mechanisms by which the smart grid can reduce energy use and carbon impacts associated with electricity generation and delivery in the United States. The quantitative estimates of potential reductions in electricity sector energy and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions presented are based on a survey of published results and simple analyses.