If the goal for the electricity sector is seamless, end-to-end integration of energy, power markets, incentives and information flow, the US sector has a long way to go.

The complexities are hinted at in this powerpoint (saved as a PDF for download above) from the US Department of Energy. How to move power in a sector that was created with specific limitations already set (lack of storage is a recently cited example) and has been made more complex each passing year with changes in transmission, distribution and market design.

To bring the smart grid to life, the federal government is asking for input as it retools its approach. Find out more from this presentation, and read more about the switch in smart grid strategic efforts on Breaking Energy here.