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September 22, 2011
Brian Andrews is a former meter reader who now works with smart meter and intelligent grid projects. | Image courtesy of CenterPoint Energy.
New Technologies Bring New Opportunities for Meter Reader

Brian Andrews leveraged training programs to transition from being a meter reader at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas to implementing the company’s smart meter and intelligent electric grid projects.

September 21, 2011
Smart grid technology installations provided not only new work, but new customers for Narrows Electric owner Gary Miklethun, far l., and his team, from l. to r., Ken Dehart, Rodney Thomas and Dave Brosie.
Smart Grid Technology Gives Small Business New Light

Gary Miklethun, the owner of Narrows Electric, a small electrical contractor in Gig Harbor, Wash., that specializes in residential and small commercial projects, definitely felt it when the economy slowed down. But installing new smart grid technology in 500 homes not only gave his team new work, but new customers.

September 20, 2011
Developing a smarter electrical system also involves investment in training programs to build the workforce we need to successfully design, implement and sell these technologies. The Energy Department funds Smart Grid Workforce Training programs across the country, as pictured above. <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/power-jobs-smart-grid-workforce">Find out more about the exciting career opportunities smart grid technology is enabling</a>.
Power Jobs: The Smart Grid Workforce

“Really anyone who likes science or math, we’ve probably got a job for you,” said Justin Johnson, Senior Director of Engineering at Oncor, one of the country’s largest transmission and distribution utilities based in Dallas, Texas. Find out more about the exciting career opportunities smart grid technology is offering.

September 9, 2011
Navy Veteran Gary Watts is a recent graduate of Power4Vets, a project funded through the Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability's Smart Grid Workforce Development Program to put veterans back to work in civilian energy jobs. | Photo courtesy of Power4Vets
Navy Veteran Back to Work on the Smart Grid

Read about Power4Vets -- a program funded by Recovery Act money through the Energy Department’s Smart Grid Workforce Training program, which is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electric industries for smart grid-related jobs.

September 2, 2011
Response to Hurricane Irene – Restoring Power on the East Coast

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.

August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene made landfall at approximately 7:30 am EDT near Cape Lookout, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (Category 1). This NOAA GOES-13 satellite image captures Irene’s landfall moment. | Image courtesy of NOAA
Energy Department Emergency Response Team Ready to Respond to Hurricane Irene

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.

August 9, 2011
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman sees firsthand how new in-home monitors help consumers save money. <a href = "http://energy.gov/photos/how-smart-grid-helps-homeowners-reduce-their-energy-use">Click here to see more photos</a> and learn how new smart grid technology can help you save. | Energy Department Image | Photo by Jen Stutsman
How the Smart Grid Helps Homeowners Reduce Their Energy Use

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.

July 26, 2011
Small business owner Steve Kaplan told ABC News’ “Show Me the Money” on Good Morning America that he's saving over $320 per month compared to last summer, which they calculated could result in $1,300 a year.
Smart Meters Helping Oklahoma Consumers Save Hundreds During Summer Heat

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.

July 25, 2011
Utilities are delivering more reliable and affordable energy as a result of Recovery Act investment, and sharing lessons learned about new Smart Grid technologies. | Diagram from Energy Department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Modernizing the Grid: Keeping the Dialogue Going

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.

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.