The Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I; Palo Alto, California) announced that Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, California), a leader in networking for the Internet, is the first technology leader to become a member of a public/private consortium that is taking the lead in the make-over of our nation's aging electric system. The Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support a Digital Society (CEIDS) is a multimillion-dollar project managed by E2I to meet the complex energy demands of our increasingly digital society. E2I is an affiliate of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

CEIDS members include leading energy and technology organizations that are committed to the creation of a secure electric system that can deliver reliable, high-quality power. To ensure the project addresses the vital needs of the entire country, the CEIDS is assisted by a public advisory group comprised of officials from nine state energy agencies.
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