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November 21, 2011
EPB’s $226 million Smart Grid Investment Grant project, part of the Energy Department's Recovery Act funding has allowed upgrades on its distribution system and the installation of “smart” switches and sensor equipment for 164 distribution circuits as well as the deployment of approximately 1500 smart switches system-wide. Thanks to these smart grid technologies, EPB saved thousands of hours of outage time for their consumers. | DoE photo
Lessons Learned: An Ongoing Dialogue About Smart Grid

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman explains lessons learned from the recent Southeast peer-to-peer workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many of the attendees represented awardees from the Energy Department's Recovery Act programs, and while they demonstrated success in their work, there was a consistent theme of community involvement as essential to that success.

November 19, 2011
Installing LED pedestrian and traffic lights like this one are among the improvements made by cities in New Hampshire to cut their energy costs. | DOE photo, credit Hantz Leger
The EECBG Program: A New Hampshire Snapshot

New Hampshire cities have benefited from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

November 16, 2011
My Testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Tomorrow morning, Secretary Chu will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the choice we face in competing for the clean energy jobs of tomorrow. Here is his prepared testimony.

November 15, 2011
The PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project is the nation’s first combined solar generation and storage facility to be fully integrated into a utility’s power grid.  Pictured above are the facility's solar panels, including an aerial view in the upper left. | Image courtesy of PNM
Innovative Energy Storage Technologies Enabling More Renewable Power

Solar and wind power provide the means for America to strengthen its energy security, create jobs in growing markets, and improve the environment. Thanks to breakthroughs in energy storage systems, including the first grid-tied solar and storage facility, that potential is getting closer to reality.

November 14, 2011
Federal Reporting Recipient Information

Recovery Act Recipient Reporting details as of December 17, 2011.

November 4, 2011
The Lawrence Community team, leadership pictured above, saved the highest total amount of any community. They hold a basketball signed by Kansas Governor Brownback. The basketball signifies both the sport's history in Kansas, as well as the fact that the average Kansas home has enough energy leaks in their home to equal a basketball-sized hole in their roof.
'Taking Charge': Kansans Save $2.3M in Challenge to Change Their Energy Behavior

How did the Climate and Energy Project (CEP), a small environmental organization that has received Recovery Act funding, achieve $2.3 million in savings annually for Kansans? Learn more about the Take Charge Challenge, a 9-month competition in which residents across 16 communities competed against each other to save the most energy and money.

November 3, 2011
This is the North Country School's 32,000-square-foot main building. Aligning with the school's commitment to a simple, sustainable lifestyle, the school is heated with a wood chip boiler that uses wood sourced from their sustainably managed woodlot and local forests. | Courtesy of North Country School
How Much Wood Would a North Country School Chip

North Country School in Lake Placid, New York, recently installed a high-efficiency wood chip boiler using Recovery Act funds from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Using wood sourced from their sustainably managed woodlot and local forests, the school will be able to cut energy costs by $38,970 annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 184 tons per year.

October 26, 2011
The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe finishes installing solar panels on a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, administration building. | Photo courtesy of the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe
Solar Panels Hit Energy Milestone For Potawatomi and Milwaukee

Using all American-made products and panels manufactured at a Milwaukee-based company, the city is now generating 35,000 more kilowatt hours of clean electricity.

October 24, 2011
 A new 82 kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation at the RiverCentre convention complex is unveiled in the heart of downtown St. Paul. | Photo courtesy of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar for St. Paul

A new 82 kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation is unveiled at the RiverCentre convention complex in the heart of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

October 14, 2011
Bob Repine, Oregon Department of Energy director, presents the Benton County Fairgrounds solar barn built with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The rooftop solar array will produce nearly a quarter of the energy used at the fairgrounds and the 12,000-square-foot space will house livestock and the Solar Education Center. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy
A Barn Raising For the 21st Century

Benton County, Oregon residents constructed a livestock building powered by 306 roof-top solar modules funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.