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June 17, 2014
Microgrid equipment at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. | Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Lab.
How Microgrids Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how microgrids work.

June 9, 2014
Researchers at the National Renewables Energy Laboratory get creative with data with a virtual wind tunnel. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Think Outside the Box During Our Open Data by Design Contest

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of the third contest in our year-long American Energy Data Challenge initiative.

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.

May 30, 2014
Livestream Recording of the Clear Path II Event on May 28, 2014
VIDEO: “Clear Path II” Helps the Department Prepare for Hurricane Season

Learn how the Energy Department is helping the energy sector prepare for hurricane season.

May 23, 2014
This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of EnerVault.
Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California’s Central Valley

How flow batteries can support renewables and resiliency on the grid.

May 12, 2014
Hurricane Sandy -- shown here via satellite on the night of November 2, 2012 -- was the first real test of EAGLE-I's capabilities | Photo courtesy of CIMSS/University Wisconsin-Madison/NASA/NOAA.
The Development of EAGLE-I: the First-Ever Technology to Track Power Outages Nationwide

Eagle-I is the first-ever system to monitor energy infrastructure disturbances nationwide in real-time; and the team that created it is now being recognized for their service.

April 30, 2014
Damaged power lines in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy
The Department of Energy Joins America's PrepareAthon!

Today the Department of Energy (DOE) is participating in America’s PrepareAthon! to promote nationwide, community-based actions that increase emergency preparedness and resilience. We encourage your participation because effective response to any emergency takes a community effort from the ground up. To help you and your neighbors prepare yourselves we have developed guidelines and information resources.

April 29, 2014
Second Round of American Energy Data Challenge Winners Announced

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman announces winners of the Apps for Energy II contest.

April 16, 2014
Power lines carry electricity across Washington State. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
How Synchrophasors are Bringing the Grid into the 21st Century

Learn about synchrophasors and how they are helping grid operators keep power flowing reliably to American homes and businesses.

March 25, 2014
Participants at the Los Angeles Apps for Energy Hackathon build what could be the next great energy app. | Photo courtesy of UCLA.
America Competes to Build the Best Energy App

Earlier this year, the American Energy Data Challenge hosted a series of hackathons across the country to encourage the creation of energy-related apps.