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July 26, 2011: BLOG
Smart Meters Helping Oklahoma Consumers Save Hundreds During Summer Heat 
Smart meters -- just one of the advanced technologies being used to modernize the grid -- are helping Oklahoma businesses and home owners beat high electricity bills not only during these summer months, but year-round.

July 26, 2011: PRESS RELEASE
CenterPoint Energy has released survey results from a 500 participant smart meter In-Home Display pilot program showing that 71 percent of customers changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their in-home displays. The results were released while U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman visited Houston to see how smart meters and intelligent grid technology - partially funded with a $200 million Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy - are enabling consumers to better monitor and manage their electric use and helping modernize the electric infrastructure.

July 1, 2011: DOCUMENTS
Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin, Vol. 2 Issue 3. This quarter's issue highlights upcoming DOE/OE Regional Exercises, Recipient Action Items, and Success Stories. 
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June 10, 2011: PRESS RELEASE
The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) announced that its stakeholders have agreed on the final set of “resource expansion futures” to be studied as part of the electric system transmission planning effort funded by DOE.

March 4, 2011: BLOG
Million Meter Milestone
On February 23, 2011, SGIG program manager Don Macdonald was in Houston, Texas where SGIG recipient CenterPoint Energy celebrated the installation of its one millionth smart meter at its Energy InSight Center. Don recounted the experience for the DOE Energy Blog

February 14, 2011: BLOG
Two New Studies Show How Energy Consumers Respond to Smart Grid Technology
Two new studies performed by Oklahoma Gas & Electric and the Pecan Street Project in Austin, Texas show how energy consumers respond to smart grid technologies.

February 2011: UPDATE
DOE has issued a memo and revised its FAQ on the applicability of the Davis Bacon Act to the Smart Grid Investment Grant Projects.
    Read the Memo
    Read the FAQ

February 2011: MEETING
The North Carolina Smart Grid Technical Forum, a gathering of public, private, and academic leaders sponsored by the North Carolina A&T State University, Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) and DOE, will be holding a meeting “A Process for Progress: The Smart Grid Investment Grant Program and Economic Development” on March 16, 2011 in Greensboro, NC.

January 2011: BLOG
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), in partnership with George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, is producing a series of videos designed to inform today’s students about tomorrow’s possibilities. Each video in the series will highlight a particular piece of grid equipment or fundamental concept integral to the deployment of Smart Grid systems.

January 2011: DOCUMENT
Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin, Vol. 2 Issue 1. This quarter's issue highlights the upcoming DOE/OE Regional Exercises, and a new report from NASEO on Cyber Security for Energy Assurance. 
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There has been a lot of news lately about projects that focus on modernizing the electric grid, with some of it focused on legitimate concerns of customers that feel alienated and confused about what these projects mean for them. Electricity providers should respond to these concerns by communicating with customers about the grid modernization process.

December 2010: DOCUMENT

NASEO has issued a report,  Smart Grid and Cyber Security  for Energy Assurance, that provides guidance to States on how they can include Smart Grid and Cyber Security in their Energy Assurance Plans.  This report supports OE’s State Energy Assurance project funded by the Recovery Act.  


Just like traffic has peaks at rush hour, electricity demand rises and falls at particular times of day. During electricity’s peak periods, power plants turn on gas-fired turbines and other supplemental energy sources to produce extra electricity – above and beyond their normal generating capacity. These generation methods are often less efficient than normal generation. 

October 2010 -- Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin, Vol. 1 Issue 4. This quarter's issue highlights the DOE/OE 10-Step Energy Assurance Planning Framework and upcoming DOE/OE Regional Exercises.

October 2010 -- On September 30, 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Office of Electricity’s (OE) Information Collection Request Renewal (OMB CONTROL NUMBER 1910-5149). This collection is valid until December 31, 2011, at which time OE will re-assess reporting needs and submit a new collection request to OMB covering the remainder of Recovery Act projects’ life cycles.


September 2, 2010 -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, a product of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) – a public-private partnership largely funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). It includes information for businesses and organizations to use as they craft strategies to protect the modernizing power grid from attacks, malicious code, and other cyber threats. It is the result of two formal public reviews and numerous workshops and teleconferences over the past 17 months. The guidelines will facilitate organization-specific Smart Grid cyber security strategies focused on prevention, detection, response and recovery.  

July 23, 2010-- The Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend for three years the emergency Information Collection Request Title: OE Recovery Act Financial Assistance Grants, OMB Control No. 1910–5149 that DOE is submitting to OMB pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments due on or before August 23, 2010. 

May 28, 2010-- Federal Register Notice on the DOE’s invitation for public comment on its intent to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend for three years the emergency Information Collection Request Title: OE Recovery Act Financial Assistance Grants, OMB Control No. 1910–5149 that DOE is developing for submission to OMB pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments due on or before July 26, 2010.

May 24, 2010-- Launch of the Interconnection-Level Transmission Analysis and Planning web pages to track Recovery Act work supporting transmission planning for the country’s three interconnection transmission networks.

April 8, 2010 -- Obama Administration Announces Nearly $100 Million for Smart Grid Workforce Training and Development

March 10, 2010 -- Department of Treasury and Department of Energy Announce Guidance for Taxability of Smart Grid Investment Grants

February 19, 2010 -- Secretary Chu Announces Over $8 Million to Support Local Energy Assurance Planning Initiatives


December 18, 2009 -- Recovery Act Transmission Interconnection Selected Awardees

November 24, 2009 -- Recovery Act Smart Grid Demos: Demos & Energy Storage Grant Selected Awardees

October 27, 2009 -- President Obama Announces $3.4 Billion Investment to Spur Transition to Smart Energy Grid

October 27, 2009 -- Recovery Act Smart Grid: Investment Grant Selected Awardees

October 28, 2009 -- Administrator Jackson Visits Raleigh, Announces $200 Million Investment to Develop Smart Electric Grid in Carolinas, Florida

October 28, 2009 -- US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces $138 million for smart grid technology