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January 24, 2011
Vids 4 Grids: Surge Arresters and Switchgears

A new video series is increasing general public knowledge of the cutting edge jobs in the power sector that are essential to implementing a national clean-energy Smart Grid. Find out how switches and surge arresters are making the grid more reliable -- helping to bring the grid into the 21st century.

December 13, 2010
Redefining Customer Service is Essential to Modernizing Grid

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.

November 18, 2010
Fort Collins, Colorado on Track to Net Zero

The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, is embarking on an exciting new project that aims to reduce peak demand and help the city reduce its energy footprint to zero. Yes, zero. Find out how.

November 4, 2010
Getting Our Grid Report Card

Overwhelming turnout at peer reviews shows the growing recognition that a modern grid is integral to developing a clean energy economy.

October 26, 2010
Are You a Smart Grid Champion?

Don't know much about the Smart Grid? Watch this short, informative video -- from Con Edison in New York -- and become a Smart Grid champion.

October 20, 2010
Winter Fuels Season is Right Around the Corner

Weather changes have an impact on the way our nation uses our energy resources, particularly heating fuels.

October 14, 2010
The 7th Annual Women in Power Forum

Over the last century we have seen dramatic changes in the roles played by women, but women are still underrepresented in many science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

October 8, 2010
CenterPoint Energy employees are installing smart meters and automated distribution equipment in the company’s electric grid in Houston, Texas. | Photo courtesy of CenterPoint Energy
Houston Smart Grid System Almost Ready for Launch

Find out Houston is at the forefront of another technological revolution, and thanks to Recovery Act money, is supporting local jobs to implement their electric grid.

October 7, 2010
Smart Grid: Building a Wireless Connection

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.

October 6, 2010
Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman test drives the new Nissan Leaf. Nissan will introduce the all-electric Leaf in Hawaii in January 2011. Hawaii is offering incentives for the purchase of the vehicle and for home charging station development.
The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii

Earlier this month, Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman stopped by the annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Honolulu to speak about the Department’s commitment to enabling the clean energy transition. Among the topics this year, the summit dedicated special sessions to China’s priorities and its investment in renewable energy, and included a trade show on progressive renewable energy concepts, products and services.