The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy unveiled a report June 13 announcing several initiatives that focus on bridging state and regional differences that could slow the development of smart grid technologies. The report, “A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future,” included $250 million in Agriculture Department loans for smart-grid technology development in rural areas; the launch of Grid 21; a Department of Energy program to improve consumer access to their own energy usage; a renewable energy rapid response team; and upgrading the electric system to ensure protection against cyber attacks.