Hurricane Irene struck the East coast last Friday, making landfall in North Carolina. Over the weekend, the storm traveled up the East Coast and into the mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the U.S. In response to Irene, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia declared a State of Emergency.
The Energy Department is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the East Coast of the United States. Emergency Situation Reports are now available detailing the storm's impact to the energy sector and restoration activities being taken.
More than 70 percent of participants in CenterPoint Energy's pilot program said they reduced their energy use as a result of real-time information from in-home monitors. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman saw firsthand how the technology is helping consumers save money. Check out photos and video.
Smart meters -- just one of the advanced technologies being used to modernize the grid -- are helping Oklahoma businesses and home owners beat high electricity bills not only during these summer months, but year-round.
A more reliable, efficient and cost-effective grid? Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman gives an update on Smart Grid efforts, from incorporating electric vehicle charging infrastructure to improved reliability customer service and the role of new technologies.
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.