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November 20, 2014
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dalles Dam, Oregon. | Energy Department photo.
Top 9 Things You Didn't Know About America's Power Grid

Test your knowledge on how electricity gets to your home with these top power grid facts.

November 14, 2014
Smart Grid Projects Are Improving Performance and Helping Consumers Better Manage their Energy Use

After nearly five years, the 131 smart grid projects funded through the 2009 Recovery Act are nearing completion and the results are significant. Smart grid applications are producing meaningful benefits for grid operators and customers alike

October 20, 2014
Advancing the State of the Grid in Tennessee

The Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga and DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) launch an exciting new partnership that is designed to advance the state of the power grid in Tennessee.

July 18, 2014
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, UniEnergy Technologies CEO Dr. Z. Gary Yang, and Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman (left to right) at the July 8 event in Mukilteo, Washington. 
Photo courtesy of Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
Building a Greener, More Resilient Future in Washington State

On July 8, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce announced more than $14 million in smart grid matching grants from the State’s Clean Energy Fund. This funding will help three utilities – Avista Corp., Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish Public Utility District – test and deploy new energy storage technologies designed to help integrate renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar onto the electric grid. The aim is to support greater deployment of these technologies and build a grid that is more efficient, flexible and resilient to the effects of climate change.

July 3, 2014
During his trip to Austin, Texas, on February 6, 2014, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz toured the Pecan Street Research Institute's Pike Powers Lab, a UT-Austin-affiliated facility with specialized capabilities for developing, testing and validating a wide range of smart grid, distributed energy and consumer electronics hardware and software. Pictured left to right: Pecan Street data group director Grant Fisher; Secretary Moniz; Pecan Street Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Russo; Pecan Street Chief Technology Officer Bert Haskell; and Scott Hinson, Director of the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization. | Photo by Marsha Miller, University of Texas at Austin.
Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas

Learn how a Recovery Act-funded project is helping consumers in Austin, Texas, save energy and money with a new smart grid system.

June 6, 2014
Advancing Visibility of Grid Operations to Improve Reliability

Synchrophasors are starting a revolution, enabling a level of observation and control never envisioned when the grid was designed. Real-time awareness of the grid’s operating conditions helps to enhance reliability and assists in integrating clean energy technologies.

April 16, 2014
Power lines carry electricity across Washington State. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
How Synchrophasors are Bringing the Grid into the 21st Century

Learn about synchrophasors and how they are helping grid operators keep power flowing reliably to American homes and businesses.

March 6, 2014
Smart Grid Update: Delivering More Reliable and Efficient Power to the Nation’s Capital

Smart grid investments are transforming power delivery in the nation's Capital and nearby states. Ryan Egidi saw this first-hand when he visited Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) last month to mark the recent completion of three Recovery Act-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects.

February 13, 2014
Securing the Nation’s Grid

Our electric grid is undergoing a major transformation, with $4.5 billion in Recovery Act funds being used to help catalyze the adoption of smart technologies and systems designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. Titilayo Ogunyale talked with Tim Conway, Technical Director at the SANS Institute, which provides information security training and security certification, about how organizations can address the challenges of strengthening their own cybersecurity workforces.

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.