After completing a year-long examination of the future of the electricity marketplace the Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA) recently recommended that Congress increase appropriated funds for research, development, and demonstration of new electricity delivery system technologies that will fundamentally improve reliability and security. A panel of electricity stakeholders announced its recommendations for policymakers on the course of electric industry restructuring that meets the energy needs of the digital society.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) provided guidance on the future technological requirements for the optimal electric power system. CECA also recommended that a national priority be given to supporting the public/private collaboration needed to develop and deploy the self-healing, digital electric power delivery system of the future, and to developing an appropriate and equitable funding mechanism for it.