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September 19, 2014
National Preparedness Month: A Good Time to Review Community Guidelines for Energy Emergencies

The Department of Energy is participating in this month’s National Preparedness Month and America’s PrepareAthon! to promote nationwide, community-based actions that increase emergency preparedness.  We encourage your involvement because effective preparedness to any emergency takes a community effort from the ground up.

September 12, 2014
Vital Importance of Partnerships During Emergencies

With September being National Preparedness Month, I would like to highlight what the Department’s role is during an energy emergency and how we work closely to with our public and private partners.

September 11, 2014
Solar Flare Activity Closely Monitored

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center, which provides important resources to describe the space environment, including geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms and radio blackouts, is forecasting the possibility of moderate-to-strong geomagnetic activity for Friday and Saturday. The source of the activity is a coronal mass ejection observed earlier this week.

September 2, 2014
An Opportunity for Communities Nationwide to Prepare for Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time when Americans are encouraged to become prepared for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters. Coordinated by FEMA in collaboration with Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations at all levels, the NPM campaign calls on employers, schools, churches and other kinds of organizations, as well as individuals and families, to get involved, get prepared and stay prepared.

August 15, 2014
Partnering with Vermont for an Innovative Approach to Resilience

Earlier this week, I joined Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, the CEOs of Green Mountain Power and Dynapower, and Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras for the groundbreaking of a major innovative project in Rutland, Vermont. OE is partnering with the State of Vermont Public Service, Green Mountain Power, and Dynapower on a resilience microgrid that will combine 2.5 MW of solar generation with 4MW of energy storage. 

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.