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November 24, 2014
"Lantern Live" Mobile App Lights Way for Citizens Impacted by Disasters

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, seemingly simple tasks such as refueling your car were incredibly difficult. Few tools existed to determine which gas stations had fuel and the power to pump that fuel. To help address this problem, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday announced the launch of Lantern Live – a mobile app that allows users in disaster-affected areas to report on the status of local gas stations, find fuel, and easily look up power outage maps from local utilities. Lantern Live is part of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative.

November 21, 2014
Thanks for joining us for #GridWeek! | Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Grid Modernization – A View from Abroad

Assistant Secretary Pat Hoffman, Head of the Office of Electricity, wraps up #GridWeek with a blog on her trip to Japan.

November 20, 2014
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory helped develop this integrated circuit to help make home appliances more responsive to the electric grid. When installed in refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters and other appliances, the 2.5-inch Grid Friendly Appliance Controller can recognize when there's a power grid overload -- and will switch your appliances off and back on again to help conserve that energy. The device will help consumers lower their electricity bills while helping power plants work more efficiently. <a href="http://availabletechnologies.pnnl.gov/technology.asp?id=61" target="_blank">Learn more about the Grid Friendly Appliance Controller here</a>. | Photo: Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: Grid Friendly

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

November 20, 2014
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dalles Dam, Oregon. | Energy Department photo.
Top 9 Things You Didn't Know About America's Power Grid

Test your knowledge on how electricity gets to your home with these top power grid facts.

November 19, 2014
Line workers get hands-on experience with an electrical pole as part of their training. | Photo courtesy of David Weaver.
Energy Jobs: Utility Line Worker

Learn about what it takes to become a utility line worker -- also known as a distribution electrician -- in the latest installment in our #GridWeek series.

November 18, 2014
Partnering with Vermont for an Innovative Approach to Resilience

A resiliency microgrid in Vermont will help keep critical facilities powered during emergencies.

November 18, 2014
Winners Announced in the Open Data by Design Contest

A little over a year ago, Secretary Moniz announced the launch of the American Energy Data Challenge.  The Challenge would consist of a series of four contests, combining open data and energy innovation, and drawing on the creativity of the American public in multiple ways.  Our goals were simple: to increase the value of the vast public data sets held in trust by the Department of Energy, and to put new tools into the hands of individuals, homes, and businesses fueled by public and private energy data. 

November 18, 2014
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dallas Dam, Oregon. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department
The War of the Currents: AC vs. DC Power

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison played key roles in the War of the Currents. Learn more about AC and DC power -- and how they affect our electricity use today.

November 17, 2014
Our #GridWeek infographic shows how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed for use in our homes. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding the Grid

Our new infographic shows how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed for use in our homes.

November 17, 2014
Use #GridWeek on social media to send us your questions about how the grid works. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Welcome to #GridWeek on Energy.gov

It's #GridWeek on Energy.gov! Follow along as we highlight the work we're doing to make the grid more resilient, reliable and secure.