The Smart Grid is the roadmap for enhancing the infrastructure of every segment of the energy delivery system. This includes generation, transmission, distribution and consumption. The Smart Grid provides the automation necessary to manage energy resources by improving usage, minimizing waste and delivering real-time information to both providers and consumers. It requires a modern infrastructure, one that maximizes inflow and distribution of energy and is economical to operate and maintain. Just like the Internet, the Smart Grid links up billions of connections and devices while performing monitoring and measuring at a level of security that rivals that of the global financial community. It is a means for power producers to more accurately predict energy needs and examine real-time usage. On the other end of the transaction, it provides the technology to consumers to monitor and take action on how they use these resources and how much they pay for them.