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The share of electricity used by appliances and electronics in U.S. homes during the past 30 years has nearly doubled, now accounting for one-third of residential energy use. Homes have also increased in size, further increasing the burden on resources. And, despite continuous energy-efficiency improvements, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that consumer demand for electricity is projected to increase 31 percent by 2035.

Advancing the nation’s power grid is essential to keeping up with the fast-growing digital age. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was created to bring power plants, transmission lines, substations, transformers and other equipment that deliver electricity to homes and businesses into the 21st century and meet the growing demands of our ever-changing electronic society.

SMRP’s maintenance, reliability and physical asset management professionals are committed to global collaboration in creating a reliable, secure and efficient Smart Grid through an asset management-centric framework. The energy industry depends on our members and leaders to successfully maintain the electricity of tomorrow.

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Smart Grid Position: Ensure Asset Management Functions are Included in the Smart Grid Framework

The electric power grid, from power generation to electric power users, is undergoing significant changes to keep up with modern uses. As technology continues to improve on the entire electric power system, the ability to control and manage the new Smart Grid increases in complexity. SMRP members are uniquely positioned to identify the impact of Smart Grid program implementation on the reliability of the infrastructure, generation, and commercial / industrial end users. SMRP has developed enhanced tools that provide best practice metrics, benchmarking and reference materials for maintenance and reliability improvement. SMRP’s participation in global collaboration related to physical asset management, which is a framework for managing complex systems, includes recognized certifications from reliability programs to asset management, such as the ANAB-accredited Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) as well as the Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT) and internationally organized Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA).

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