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September 20, 2013
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dallas Dam, Oregon. | Energy Department photo.
Top 9 Things You Didn't Know About America's Power Grid

Ever wonder how electricity gets to your home? Test your knowledge with these top power grid facts.

September 19, 2013
Innovating to Meet the Evolving Cyber Challenge

Protecting the critical energy infrastructure that supports America's economy and security is vital -- and is a top Energy Department priority.

September 12, 2013
At the White House Energy Datapalooza in October 2012, developers showcased new apps that help consumers harness and interpret their energy use data. The expanding Green Button movement will make apps like these more ubiquitous. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Green Button Helps More Consumers Click with Their Energy Usage Data

Green Button -- a movement to allow consumers to securely and easily download their own energy use data -- is gaining traction, opening the door for apps and services to help consumers save energy and money.

August 14, 2013
10 Years after the 2003 Northeast Blackout

Ten years ago today, large portions of the Midwest and Northeast United States and into Canada went dark. The cascading event, which started shortly after 4:00 PM on August 14, 2003, ended up affecting an estimated 50 million people. For some customers, power was not restored for nearly four days.

August 12, 2013
Transmission lines along Highway 15 outside Victorville, California. | Photo courtesy of Abby Rowling.
Protecting the Electric Grid from Increasingly Severe Weather Due to Climate Change

A new report evaluates the economic cost of power outages and calls for increased cross-sector investment to make the electric grid more resilient in the face of increasingly severe weather events due to climate change.

July 11, 2013
Demand Response: Lessons Learned with an Eye to the Future

Under the Recovery Act, the Energy Department awarded $3.5 billion in funds to the electricity industry, including OG&E, to help catalyze the adoption of smart grid tools, technologies and techniques such as demand response that are designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. Understanding lessons learned from these projects is vital.

July 11, 2013
Voices of Experience: New Guide Offers Utilities’ Insights on Engaging with Smart Grid Customers

The Voices of Experience | Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement guide builds on the knowledge shared during a series of DOE-sponsored regional peer-to-peer workshops during which utilities discussed compelling smart grid topics and issues. The guide offers practical advice and lessons learned, and showcases creative, high-impact approaches.

June 20, 2013
The Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL.
SLIDESHOW: Tour the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Latest Research Center

Browse through our slideshow featuring unique elements of a new research center focused on boosting clean energy technologies.

June 18, 2013
Answering Your Questions about Grid Modernization

Remember Smart Grid Week? Here's a follow-up where we answer some of your questions about the series.

June 7, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Building a 21st Century Electric Grid

New Presidential Memorandum will speed the modernization of the nation's electric grid.