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Smart Grid in America and Europe (Part II)

Past accomplishments and future plans.

Fortnightly Magazine - February 2011

Francisco Moves to Stop Smart Meters ,” NBC Bay Area , June 17, 2010.

70. McKinsey Report , supra note 1, at 40–41; U.S. Dept. of Energy, Smart Grid Stakeholder Roundtable Group Perspectives for Utilities and Others Implementing Smart Grids 4 (2009).

71. Supra note 16–18 and accompanying text.

72. EEGI Roadmap & Implementation Plan , supra note 42, at 10 (stating that E.U. regulations have not caught up with market failures and distortions that cause smart grid costs to be borne by grid operators while other stakeholders such as customers and generators gain benefits).

73. “ Power Firms Want Funding Model for Smart Grids ,” EurActiv, Nov. 30, 2009.

74. See McKinsey Report , supra note 1, at 15 (identifying, as a barrier to smart grid investment, the Third European Energy Liberalization Package’s failure to address how member states will pay for smart grid technology).

75. Smart Grid Policy (Policy Statement), at 6, FERC Docket No. PL09-4, July 16, 2009, 128 FERC ¶61,060 (codified at 18 C.F.R. ch. I).

76. Federal Power Act  of 2000 § 201, 16 U.S.C. § 824.

77. E.U. SmartGrids SDD, supra note 43, at 11, 53; European Comm’n, European SmartGrids Technology Platform: Vision and Strategy for Europe’s Electricity Networks of the Future 4-5 (2006) at 9, 29; Amy Fischbach, “Linemen Prepare for Labor Shortage,” Transmission & Distribution World , Feb. 1, 2009; Rebekah Kebede, “U.S. Energy Industry Is Hampered by Labor Shortage,” N.Y. Times , May 1, 2008;  Susan Taylor & Nicole Mordant, “ Labour Shortage on Clean Energy Front ,” Reuters, July 28, 2010.

78. McKinsey Report , supra note 1, at 3.

79. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115 (stating “$100,000,000 shall be available for worker training activities”); see also  U.S. Dep’t of Energy, Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector (2010) (listing selected workforce projects).