Collectively, these projects will apply technologies, tools and techniques that are capable of transforming the electric grid into a system that is cleaner, more efficient and responsive, DOE said.

The projects also support the administration’s goal of building the infrastructure necessary to bring clean, low-cost energy sources to American homes and businesses.

DOE secretary Steven Chu said that these projects will greatly enhance the reliability, efficiency, and resource diversity of the nation’s electric grid.

"Developing smart grid technologies will give consumers choice and promote energy savings, increase energy efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy resources," Chu said.

The projects will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of smart grid technologies in three research areas: integrated modeling and analysis tools to automate distribution; advanced sensing, monitoring and control technologies to enhance asset use and grid reliability; and voltage regulation for high penetration of renewable generation.

DOE has selected Areva T&D, Boeing Company, ABB, On-Ramp Wireless and Varentec for these projects.