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June 8, 2012
Green Button Momentum

To make it easier for business and consumers to save energy and money, we need to make it easier for them to understand how they use energy. That is why the Obama Administration partnered with the utility industry and space issued a challenge to them to make it easier for electricity customers to get secure online access to their own household or building energy-use in a consumer- and computer-friendly format, called “Green Button.”

June 6, 2012
<a href="">Leafully</a>, submitted by "two developers with an idea," won the Apps for Energy Best Overall Application grand prize.
UPDATED: Apps for Energy Winners Announced Today!

Find out details on the Apps for Energy winning applications.

June 5, 2012
Hurricane Irene made landfall on the coast of North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane during the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the ninth named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season. | Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane Season: Restoring Power after a Big Storm

As the 2012 hurricane season kicks off, the Energy Department stands ready to coordinate with the energy sector, and other federal agencies, to protect and restore the energy infrastructure and systems in potential disaster areas.

May 30, 2012
America’s Competitiveness Depends on a 21st Century Grid

Secretary Chu highlights the need for a transition of our electric system to the 21st century grid.

May 22, 2012
TODAY MAY 22ND: Live Tweeting the Apps for Energy Winners Announcement!

Join us on today, May 22 at 11:30 am EDT as we live tweet (@ENERGY) the Apps for Energy winners announcement event. To participate, simply follow #appsforenergy on Twitter.

May 22, 2012
Celebrating Our Apps for Energy Developers

Secretary Chu writes about the Apps for Energy competition. The Energy Department will announce the winners today in Santa Clara, CA.

May 18, 2012
Aaron Shapiro is an Apps for Energy judge and CEO of Huge, a full-service interactive agency that specializes in building digitally- driven businesses. | Photo courtesy of Huge.
Q+A with Apps for Energy Judge, Aaron Shapiro

In this Q+A, Aaron Shapiro, CEO of Huge, shares his thoughts on the role developers can play in transforming government.

May 18, 2012
The Green Button initiative provides residential and business customers access to their electricity consumption information, in a consumer-friendly and computer-friendly format. | Image courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Green Button Data: More Power to You

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.

May 9, 2012
Apps for Energy: The Final Countdown

The Apps for Energy May 15 submission deadline is less than a week away but there's still much more to come - learn more about what we have in store for the Energy Department's first-ever apps competition.

May 1, 2012
A student gets hands-on experience in the electric sector during an internship and mentoring program with Northeast Utilities, through ARRA workforce development funding. | Photo courtesy of Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
Building Tomorrow's Smart Grid Workforce Today

Many community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers across America are taking smart, pragmatic steps to train the next generation of workers needed to modernize the nation’s electric grid.