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June 3, 2013
Investments in the nation's electric power grid are delivering significant benefits to consumers and businesses. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Progress on Our 21st Century Grid: Powering Our Country and Our Economy

Since the start of the new year, I have spoken at more than a dozen events about ways in which investment in the electric power grid is delivering significant benefits to consumers, businesses, and communities across the nation.

June 3, 2013
Introducing Smart Grid Week. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Smart Grid Week: Working to Modernize the Nation’s Electric Grid

Our latest Energy.gov series -- Smart Grid Week -- highlights efforts across the country to transform the nation's electric grid. Learn how you can share your own thoughts and perspectives throughout the series.

May 30, 2013
Waste hauler Enviro Express converted its fleet of heavy-duty trucks to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and built the first LNG station east of the Mississippi River with help from the Energy Department's Clean Cities initiative. | Photo courtesy of New Haven Clean Cities Coalition.
Clean Cities Moving Fleets Forward with Liquefied Natural Gas

Learn how local Clean Cities coalitions are helping companies save money on fuel costs and reduce their emissions by switching their fleets to run on liquefied natural gas.

May 17, 2013
Green Button Initiative Growing

The Green Button initiative, which is the common-sense idea that electricity customers should be able to securely download their own energy usage information from their utility websites, is continuing to gain traction across the country.

May 15, 2013
Mississippi's Community Counseling Services converted 29 vans to run on propane, saving more than $1.50 per gallon on fuel or more than $60,000 a year. | Photo courtesy of Community Counseling Services.
Clean Cities Helps Nonprofit Cut Fuel Costs with Propane

Switching to propane vehicles is helping a Mississippi nonprofit save money and maintain key services.

May 14, 2013
This Thursday: Google+ Hangout on Securing the Smart Grid

Have questions about how the Department is helping ensure the nation's electric grid stays safe and secure? Ask members of the smart grid cybersecurity workforce your questions this Thursday.

May 10, 2013
Assistant Secretary Hoffman Discusses Grid Modernization with the New York Times and E&E TV

During a New York Times conference on “Energy for Tomorrow: Building Sustainable Cities,” Assistant Secretary Hoffman joined ConEd CEO Kevin Burke, and Euroheat and Power CEO Sabine Froning for a discussion on “Think National but Power Local.” During an interview with E&E TV’s Monica Trauzzi, she discussed how Recovery Act funding is helping utilities achieve important results such as reducing peak load, deferring building of additional generation, improving operations and monitoring the health of the grid more effectively.

May 9, 2013
Workers put the finishing touches on installing a plug-in electric vehicle charger that is part of the West Coast Electric Highway. | Photo courtesy of Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition.
Clean Cities Coalitions Charge Up Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Clean Cities coalitions all across the country are helping their communities get ready for plug-in electric vehicles.

May 3, 2013
Eastern Energy Zones Mapping Tool Now Available

The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC) has released the Energy Zones (EZ) Mapping Tool, a free, web-based interactive tool that will help states and other stakeholders in the Eastern Interconnection identify geographic areas suitable for the development of clean energy resources (natural gas, sequestration or utilitization locations for C02 from coal, nuclear, and renewable) which can potentially provide significant amounts of new electric power generation.

May 2, 2013
Inside Florida Power & Light's Transmission Performance Diagnostic Center. | Photo courtesy of Florida Power & Light.
Coming Full Circle in Florida: Improving Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Learn how a milestone project in Florida is helping to advance America's smart grid.