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July 18, 2014
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, UniEnergy Technologies CEO Dr. Z. Gary Yang, and Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman (left to right) at the July 8 event in Mukilteo, Washington. 
Photo courtesy of Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
Building a Greener, More Resilient Future in Washington State

On July 8, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce announced more than $14 million in smart grid matching grants from the State’s Clean Energy Fund. This funding will help three utilities – Avista Corp., Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish Public Utility District – test and deploy new energy storage technologies designed to help integrate renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar onto the electric grid. The aim is to support greater deployment of these technologies and build a grid that is more efficient, flexible and resilient to the effects of climate change.

July 11, 2014
Energy Department Co-Hosts Workshops to Develop an Industry-Driven Vision of the Nation’s Future Electric Grid

The U.S. electric grid provides the foundation for America’s economic success. Our digital economy, our national security, and our day-to-day lives are highly dependent on reliable, safe, and affordable electricity. To take advantage of technological advances and to meet society’s changing expectations and preferences, our nation’s grid must evolve, as well.

July 3, 2014
During his trip to Austin, Texas, on February 6, 2014, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz toured the Pecan Street Research Institute's Pike Powers Lab, a UT-Austin-affiliated facility with specialized capabilities for developing, testing and validating a wide range of smart grid, distributed energy and consumer electronics hardware and software. Pictured left to right: Pecan Street data group director Grant Fisher; Secretary Moniz; Pecan Street Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Russo; Pecan Street Chief Technology Officer Bert Haskell; and Scott Hinson, Director of the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization. | Photo by Marsha Miller, University of Texas at Austin.
Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas

Learn how a Recovery Act-funded project is helping consumers in Austin, Texas, save energy and money with a new smart grid system.

June 17, 2014
Microgrid equipment at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. | Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Lab.
How Microgrids Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how microgrids work.

June 9, 2014
Researchers at the National Renewables Energy Laboratory get creative with data with a virtual wind tunnel. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Think Outside the Box During Our Open Data by Design Contest

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of the third contest in our year-long American Energy Data Challenge initiative.

June 6, 2014
Advancing Visibility of Grid Operations to Improve Reliability

Synchrophasors are starting a revolution, enabling a level of observation and control never envisioned when the grid was designed. Real-time awareness of the grid’s operating conditions helps to enhance reliability and assists in integrating clean energy technologies.

May 30, 2014
Livestream Recording of the Clear Path II Event on May 28, 2014
VIDEO: “Clear Path II” Helps the Department Prepare for Hurricane Season

Learn how the Energy Department is helping the energy sector prepare for hurricane season.

May 23, 2014
This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of EnerVault.
Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California’s Central Valley

How flow batteries can support renewables and resiliency on the grid.

May 12, 2014
Hurricane Sandy -- shown here via satellite on the night of November 2, 2012 -- was the first real test of EAGLE-I's capabilities | Photo courtesy of CIMSS/University Wisconsin-Madison/NASA/NOAA.
The Development of EAGLE-I: the First-Ever Technology to Track Power Outages Nationwide

Eagle-I is the first-ever system to monitor energy infrastructure disturbances nationwide in real-time; and the team that created it is now being recognized for their service.

April 30, 2014
Damaged power lines in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy
The Department of Energy Joins America's PrepareAthon!

Today the Department of Energy (DOE) is participating in America’s PrepareAthon! to promote nationwide, community-based actions that increase emergency preparedness and resilience. We encourage your participation because effective response to any emergency takes a community effort from the ground up. To help you and your neighbors prepare yourselves we have developed guidelines and information resources.