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April 16, 2012
Building Tomorrow’s Smart Grid Workforce Today

Colleges, universities, utilities, and manufacturers are working together to create new training, development, and enhancement programs in schools and businesses across the country. New technologies are emerging to improve the nation’s electric grid, and the sector workforce must reflect the increased skills and knowledge to install, monitor, and maintain the infrastructure. Supported by DOE Recovery Act funding, these programs help train the next generation of workers and ensure that the evolving technical challenges of the sector are met.

April 6, 2012
OE's SGIG Program Featured in International Publication

An article in the March 2012 issue of the quarterly publication Metering International focuses on DOE's Smart Grid Investment Grant program, highlighting how the program is improving the reliability and resiliency of the US electric grid. The article examines the need to protect the grid and the benefits of modernization, including reduced demand, increased capacity, and faster recovery. OE's Debbie Haught, who oversees the SGIG program, and Joseph Palladino, who leads the analysis of the program, authored the piece. Metering International provides information on trends and developments in the industry.

April 4, 2012
Innovative Project Helps Refloat a Local Industry

As their industry took a turn for the worse a few years ago, houseboat manufacturers teamed up with local government and the University of Kentucky -- and are now using green building technologies to build small, energy efficient houses.

March 20, 2012
Police cars in Tallahassee, FL are using EECBG funding from the Recovery Act to reduce idle time and save fuel and taxpayer money. | Courtesy of Tallahassee Police Department.
Saving Gas While Fighting Crime in Tallahassee

To help reverse the trend of letting police cars idle (and waste fuel), the City of Tallahassee, Florida’s Fleet Management Division has designed and built its own Less Idle Time (LIT) package and has installed the equipment in 27 police cars using EECBG funding through the Recovery Act.

March 19, 2012
Secretary Chu's Written Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Secretary Chu's full written testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

March 12, 2012
Idle Free System's frame rail unit mounted onto the chassis rail of a truck. Idle Free produces battery-powered, idle-elimination systems that lower fuel costs and CO2 emissions while retaining power to a truck’s cab. | Courtesy of Idle Free Systems.
"Idle Free Systems" Does Not Stand Idly by

How can truck drivers who spend nights on the road avoid the fuel and maintenance costs that occur with discretionary idling? One Recovery Act-funded Wisconsin business has the answer.

March 5, 2012
A robot works on crystalline solar cells at Wisconsin-based Helios USA, LLC. The opening of the manufacturing plant has supported 26 jobs and is projected to create a total of 50 permanent jobs in the state and was supported through a State Energy Program loan. | Courtesy of Helios USA, LLC.
Not a Long Time Ago in an Energy Efficient Galaxy Not Very Far Away

A manufacturer of crystalline solar cells recently opened a new manufacturing facility for the assembly of solar panels by plant staff and robots in Milwaukee. This project is a result of Recovery Act funds from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP).

February 16, 2012
EnerG2 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new battery materials plant in Albany, Oregon. Photo courtesy of the Vehicle Technologies Program
Advanced Battery Manufacturing Making Strides in Oregon

Recently, I visited Albany, Oregon, to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony at the newest facility for the advanced materials company, EnerG2. The new facility will produce advanced carbon materials for electric drive vehicles batteries and ultracapacitors that can rapidly store and discharge energy.  

February 10, 2012
A crew from Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, TN,  install an S&C IntelliRupter PulseCloser on its distribution network. EPB is installing more than 1,000 of the smart switches which can detect customer outages remotely, isolate damaged sections of the power lines and quickly restore power to customers.  | Photo courtesy of EPB Chattanooga
Modernizing the Grid: Getting More out of America’s Energy

As modernization of the nation’s electric grid moves forward, consumers and businesses are experiencing fewer outages, faster power restoration when outages do occur, more efficient operations, and cost savings. Here are some of the latest examples of how Smart Grid Investment Grants from the Energy Department are helping the electric grid to better serve the American people.

February 7, 2012
Recovery Act Funds at Work: Smart Grid Investment Grant Profiles

DOE is partnering with regional and local utilities and co-ops across the Nation to improve the reliability of the grid and helping communities recover faster when disruptions occur. Case studies profiling some of the SGIG and SGDP grant recipients and the impact of the funding are available below for downloading.