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January 29, 2013
Reports on the Impact of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program Now Available

The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released four reports on the impact of the Recovery Act-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program.  Under the SGIG Program, investor-owned and municipal utilities, transmission operators, and electric co-ops across the U.S. are deploying a range of smart technologies and systems designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resilience. 

January 22, 2013
Kent County Correctional Facility is saving energy and money with a new closed-loop geothermal system. | Photo courtesy of Kent County Administrator's Office.
A Michigan County Unearths Savings with Geothermal Energy

Learn how Kent County, Michigan, is saving energy and money by using renewable energy.

January 17, 2013
MBC Ventures' new product line provides daylight to building interiors and generates thermal energy that can be used to heat the building. | Photo courtesy of MBC Ventures, Inc.
Swept Away by Alternative Energy

After 160 years of making brushes, one Maryland company decided to diversify its business model and add new energy efficiency products to its manufacturing portfolio.

January 7, 2013
Seniors check out the new energy-efficient fitness facility at the Rockville Senior Center. | Photo courtesy of Chris Galm, Energy Department.
Saving Energy and Keeping Seniors Warm This Season

Energy efficiency upgrades are helping seniors stay healthy, remain active and keep warm.

December 31, 2012
Reports on Initial Results of Smart Grid Investment Grant Projects (December 2012)

DOE is implementing the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The SGIG program involves 99 projects that are deploying smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques for electric transmission, distribution, advanced metering, and customer systems.

December 27, 2012
Using money from the Recovery Act, Blue Mountain Hospital replaced one of its 1950s crude oil boilers with a wood-pellet boiler -- saving the hospital about $100,000 a year in heating costs. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy.
Oregon Hospital Heats Up with a Biomass Boiler

Highlighting how a rural Oregon hospital was able to cut its heating bills while stimulating the local economy.

November 29, 2012
With help from the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, Grand Teton National Park was able to purchase hybrid electric vehicles, which the park's Wildlife Brigade use to spark discussions about emission and fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
54.5 MPG and Beyond: Hybridization Moves Vehicles Forward

Next up in our series on fuel economy: Why two engines in a vehicle can be better than one.

November 28, 2012
With a grant from the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the community of Ocean View, Delaware, installed a carport-mounted solar array that is saving taxpayers money on town utility bills. | Photo courtesy of the Town of Ocean View.
Delaware Community Saves with Solar

Thanks to a grant from the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, a community in Delaware was able to install a solar array that is saving taxpayer's money on town utility bills.

November 19, 2012
This ChargePoint station is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Stevenson, WA, -- an area that is adjacent to the city's shops, restaurants, spas and art galleries. | Photo courtesy of Port of Skamania.
EV Charging Stations Take Off Across America

Finding a charging station is getting more convenient than ever thanks to companies like ChargePoint, which recently finished installing 4,600 charging stations across the United States.

October 15, 2012
A portion of the new 141 kilowatt solar photovoltaic energy system at Monterey County’s Laurel Yard Complex in Salinas, California. The system is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. <a href="http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/monterey-california-solar-array-panorama.jpg">Click here</a> to see a panoramic view of the entire solar array. | Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Westside Electric, DBA Sandbar.
Solar Power Generates Big Savings in Salinas, California

A new solar panel array at Monterey County's Laurel Yard Complex is expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in energy costs.