Clouds, rain, thunderstorms… at Solar Decathlon Village? Oh my, you may say. But less-than-ideal weather conditions are no match for this year's teams, thanks to smart grid technology that is helping them monitor their energy consumption.
Brian Andrews leveraged training programs to transition from being a meter reader at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas to implementing the company’s smart meter and intelligent electric grid projects.
How Smart Grid Technology is Helping Consumers Save
New in-home consuls provide room-by-room information on your energy use in real time.
How Much Do You Use?
Compare your energy usage at home, at work, and on the road to others in this state-by-state map of energy consumption, based on 2009 data.
How Can You Save?
Want to know more? Check out Energy Saver for in depth information.
This month, the number of customers who can expect access to Green Button data grew to almost 31 million, thanks in part to Portland General Electric’s (PGE’s) announcement last Thursday, expanding access to their 820,000 customers.
According to a new report from Pacific Northwest National Lab, commercial building owners could save an average 38 percent on their heating and cooling bills just by installing a few new controls onto their HVAC systems.
In the most rigorous analyses undertaken to date, two recently released resource assessments show that waves and tidal currents off the nation's coasts contain enough energy to provide a significant portion our nation’s total annual electricity usage.
If Edison were transported in a time, he would be amazed by progress in lighting and sound recording, such as the LED light or the iPod. On the other hand, he would easily recognize much of the basic technology behind today’s power system.
How do people make decisions about energy? What compels their behavior? And how can energy be used more efficiently without adversely affecting people’s lifestyles? ARPA-E's project is seeking a breakthrough on the human behavioral side of energy use, which will be used for public websites and data to reduce energy use.
Do you know what your utility is doing for you when it comes to modernizing the grid? Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman challenges utilities to communicate with their customers the capabilities -- and benefits -- of new grid modernization projects.
Along with creating tens of thousands of new jobs, bringing our grid into the 21st century will give consumers and businesses the information they need to reduce their energy consumption – and better manage their energy bills.