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July 1, 2011
Houston resident Ruth Diorio explains to KPRC Local 2 News how much she's saved with her recently installed smart meter, which allows her to see her savings in real time.
Smart Meters Offer ‘Instant Gratification;’ Help Houston Homeowners Save

How can smart meters help you save on your electric bill? Homeowners in Houston see their savings in real time on Recovery-act funded smart meters.

June 13, 2011
A 21st Century Grid includes increasing the overall efficiency of our generating, transmission and distribution system to facilitate the growth of renewable energy sources. | Energy Department Image
Five Million Smart Meters Installed Nationwide is Just the Beginning of Smart Grid Progress

If Edison were transported in a time, he would be amazed by progress in lighting and sound recording, such as the LED light or the iPod. On the other hand, he would easily recognize much of the basic technology behind today’s power system.

May 20, 2011
A helicopter hoists platforms for linemen during the construction of this single-circuit 500-kilovolt tower – one of hundreds on the McNary-John Day line saving BPA big bucks. | Photo courtesy of Bonneville Power Administration
Building a Better Transmission Tower

Find out how new power lines may now require fewer towers per mile, reducing their environmental footprint and price, which in turn helps minimize costs for electric consumers.

May 5, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary Chu Honor Employees for Public Service Recognition Week

First Lady Michelle Obama thanks employees in this video for Public Service Recognition Week.

April 15, 2011
Taking Smart Grid Technology Out of the Lab and Into the Marketplace

Find out how this partnership will take early stage technologies out of the lab and test them to see if they can revolutionize the way we use and store electricity.

April 6, 2011
Vids4Grids - Controls, Connectors & Surge Protectors

Modernizing our grid means exciting new devices in the power sector. Find out how new lighting controls, connectors and surge protection will bring out electric grid to the next level.

April 1, 2011
A screengrab of a Bonneville Power Administration chart of output of all wind, thermal and hydro generation. | Courtesy of BPA
Geek-Up[04.01.2011]: Charting Wind, Thermal, Hydro Generation

Check out Bonneville Power Administration’s new near real-time energy monitoring – it displays the output of all wind, thermal and hydro generation in the agency’s balancing authority against its load. Updated every five minutes, it’s a great resource for universities, research laboratories and other utilities.

March 31, 2011
Texas Uses Phasors to Increase Electricity Reliability

How can we prevent grid events, like unexpected outages or power fluctuations, from turning into much larger problems? Find out more about the monitoring devices -- "phasors" -- helping us manage our grid and support renewable energy sources such as wind.

March 14, 2011
Vids4Grids: Smart Meters and Super Cables

Find out more about the power engineers behind the exciting new technologies that are essential to constructing a national Smart Grid.

February 14, 2011
Home-energy display mobile phone application that shows how much energy an appliance is consuming. | Photo courtesy of Pecan Street Project.
Two New Studies Show How Energy Consumers Respond to Smart Grid Technology

Utilities rise to Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman's challenge to find ways to enable customers to participate more fully in their electric system.