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October 15, 2014
Customer Participation in the Smart Grid: Lessons Learned (September 2014)

Smart meters and customer system programs were deployed by 65 of the projects that received funding through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grants. This report features the experiences of four projects with customer education and outreach: Central Maine Power, Entergy New Orleans, Reliant Energy Retail Services, and Sioux Valley Energy.

October 15, 2014
Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through September 30, 2014

Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through September 30, 2014

October 1, 2014
SGIG and SGDP Highlights: Jumpstarting a Modern Grid (October 2014)

This report provides summaries of the projects that received funding through the Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration program.

September 22, 2014
Honeywell Demonstrates Automated Demand Response Benefits for Utility, Commercial, and Industrial Customers

Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR) for utility, commercial, and industrial customers. The case study is now available for downloading.

September 22, 2014
Idaho Power Develops Renewable Integration Tool for More Cost Effective Use of Wind Power

Idaho Power Company (IPC) has developed a Renewables Integration Tool (RIT) that enables grid operators to use wind energy more cost-effectively to serve electricity customers in Idaho and Oregon. The case study on this project is now available.

September 11, 2014
Three Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects Receive Phase 2 Funding

Dominion Virginia Power, Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey, and Principle Power, Inc. will each receive up to $46.7 million over the next four years to advance their projects in the second phase of the funding opportunity. The second phase will include follow-on design, fabrication, and deployment in order to achieve commercial operation by 2017.

August 7, 2014
Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through July 31, 2014

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

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.