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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.

February 4, 2011
Sec. Chu Announces More 'SunShot' Details. 
| Department of Energy Photo | Courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Public Domain |
Sec. Chu Announces More 'SunShot' Details

Secretary Chu announces the four pillars of the Department’s new “SunShot” initiative.

January 24, 2011
Vids 4 Grids: Surge Arresters and Switchgears

A new video series is increasing general public knowledge of the cutting edge jobs in the power sector that are essential to implementing a national clean-energy Smart Grid. Find out how switches and surge arresters are making the grid more reliable -- helping to bring the grid into the 21st century.

December 13, 2010
Redefining Customer Service is Essential to Modernizing Grid

Do you know what your utility is doing for you when it comes to modernizing the grid? Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman challenges utilities to communicate with their customers the capabilities -- and benefits -- of new grid modernization projects.

November 18, 2010
Fort Collins, Colorado on Track to Net Zero

The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, is embarking on an exciting new project that aims to reduce peak demand and help the city reduce its energy footprint to zero. Yes, zero. Find out how.

November 4, 2010
Getting Our Grid Report Card

Overwhelming turnout at peer reviews shows the growing recognition that a modern grid is integral to developing a clean energy economy.

October 26, 2010
Are You a Smart Grid Champion?

Don't know much about the Smart Grid? Watch this short, informative video -- from Con Edison in New York -- and become a Smart Grid champion.

October 20, 2010
Winter Fuels Season is Right Around the Corner

Weather changes have an impact on the way our nation uses our energy resources, particularly heating fuels.