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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. The Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada jointly commissioned a task force that examined the underlying causes of the blackout and recommended forty-six actions to enhance the reliability of the North American power system. A number of the recommendations were incorporated into law passed by Congress and enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Infrastructure Security Act of 2007.

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.

June 7, 2013
Rows of battery racks at Portland General Electric’s Salem Smart Power Center in Salem, Ore. PGE is a participant in the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which will use the center’s 5-megawatt energy storage system to test several smart grid technologies and approaches. | Photo courtesy of Portland General Electric.
Smart Grid Week: New Project in Oregon Helping Advance the Grid of the Future

New lithium-ion storage facility in Salem, Oregon is helping to make our power grid smarter and more reliable.

June 6, 2013
President Barack Obama listens to then-Acting Energy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman during a meeting with electric utility CEOs and trade association representatives at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2013. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
Smart Grid Week: Hurricane Season and the Department’s Efforts to Make the Grid More Resilient to Power Outages

Next up in our Smart Grid Week series -- improving electric grid technologies to adequately prepare for emergencies with power outages.

June 5, 2013
Smart meter technology plays a key role in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. <a href="/node/300517">The Team Tidewater Virginia's smart meter</a>, as seen on opening day, indicates the team generated 5 kW hours of electricity in the first several hours of the competition. | Image courtesy of Lachlan Fletcher, Studio 18a.
Smart Grid Week: How the Transition to 21st Century Grid Impacts You

From smart meters to energy-saving apps -- an overview of the many capabilities a smarter, more powerful grid makes available to you.