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October 17, 2012
Utilities demonstrating the latest Green Button features at the Energy Datapalooza on October 1st. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity
Green Button Energy Data Access Expanding Across America

The Green Button Initiative is expanding to 12 more utilities, and now more than 36 million homes and businesses have access to their electricity usage data in an open and standard format. Is your home one of them?

October 4, 2012
Dr. Stanley Atcitty, left, and Dr. Imre Gyuk, right, at the Smithsonian, following the 2012 PECASE awards ceremony. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
Meet Dr. Stanley Atcitty, PECASE Winner and DOE Researcher

Dr. Stanley Atcitty speaks with Dr. Imre Gyuk about about his experiences in the Navajo community, the impact of power electronics on the nation’s electric grid and what led him to engineering.

August 29, 2012
Hurricane Isaac is makes its way toward the Gulf Coast and the Energy Department provides details on the storm’s impact, and the recovery and restoration activities being undertaken. | Photo courtesy of NOAA
DOE Monitoring Energy Infrastructure, Responds as Isaac Makes Landfall

The Energy Department is working to respond and restore service as quickly and safely as possible, should Hurricane Isaac result in power outages.

August 27, 2012
Satellite image of Tropical Storm Isaac. | Courtesy of NOAA.
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Isaac

Information on customer power outages and other impacts on the energy sector as Tropical Storm Isaac develops.

August 1, 2012
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, speaks about her engineering career to Native American students at the Intertribal Youth Summit on July 30. | Photo Credit: AnneMarie Ashburn, Department Of Energy.
Native American Students in STEM Fields: A Critical Need for our Country

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's Dot Harris recently met with youth from Tribal Nations around the U.S. to discuss the benefits of STEM education.

July 26, 2012
The Department awardees are being recognized for their efforts in a variety of fields – from advances in power electronics for the electric grid to innovations in scientific computation to new physics developments. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
13 Early-Career Scientists Receive Top Presidential Award

Early in their career, these researchers have distinguished themselves as the top engineers and scientists in the United States.

July 20, 2012
The Melon Green Button App | Image by
Green Button App of the Week Part 2: Melon

Melon, an app that makes it simple for commercial building managers to get an ENERGY STAR benchmark for their buildings, took second place in the Best Overall App category. Building managers and their service providers can use Melon to easily incorporate Green Button data into the benchmarking process.

July 12, 2012
Green Button App of the Week Part 1: Leafully

Learn about Leafully, the Grand Prize winner in the Apps for Energy competition.

July 12, 2012
Notes from the May 25th Energy Data Jam in Stanford California | Credit:
Open Data for a Clean, Secure Energy Future

The Energy Data Initiative aims to help Americans benefit from entrepreneurial innovation enabled by open energy data from the US government and other sources.

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.”