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December 8, 2014
Now Available: Smart Grid Investments Improve Grid Reliability, Resilience, and Storm Responses (November 2014)

A new report from OE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program presents findings on smart grid improvements in outage management, based on the recent experiences of three SGIG projects.

December 1, 2014
The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond - Summary of Conference Proceedings (December 2014)

An EPRI-DOE conference in October 2014 featured results from field experience gained in both the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative and DOE’s Smart Grid Investment Grant Program (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP), with a focus on smart grid successes, surprises, and challenges. Utility presentations and panel discussions covered a variety of topics such as technology readiness, customer responses, and future directions and possibilities for grid modernization. There were nine panel presentations and discussions. This report summarizes the information presented during the conference and the key points raised
during the group discussions that followed the presentation sessions.

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 20, 2014
SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

November 20, 2014
Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers (September 2014)

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

November 19, 2014
Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through October 31, 2014

Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through October 31, 2014.

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

November 4, 2014
Factors Affecting PMU Installation Costs (October 2014)

The Department of Energy investigated the major cost factors that affected PMU installation costs for the synchrophasor projects funded through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Programs. The data was compiled through interviews with the nine projects that deployed production grade synchrophasor systems.

November 1, 2014
Smart Grid Investments Improve Grid Reliability, Resilience, and Storm Responses (November 2014)

Smart grid technologies are helping utilities to speed outage restoration following major storm events, reduce the total number of affected customers, and improve overall service reliability to reduce customer losses from power disruptions. This report presents findings on smart grid improvements in outage management from OE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program, based on the recent experiences of three SGIG projects.

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.