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April 15, 2011
Taking Smart Grid Technology Out of the Lab and Into the Marketplace

Find out how this partnership will take early stage technologies out of the lab and test them to see if they can revolutionize the way we use and store electricity.

April 6, 2011
Vids4Grids - Controls, Connectors & Surge Protectors

Modernizing our grid means exciting new devices in the power sector. Find out how new lighting controls, connectors and surge protection will bring out electric grid to the next level.

April 1, 2011
A screengrab of a Bonneville Power Administration chart of output of all wind, thermal and hydro generation. | Courtesy of BPA
Geek-Up[04.01.2011]: Charting Wind, Thermal, Hydro Generation

Check out Bonneville Power Administration’s new near real-time energy monitoring – it displays the output of all wind, thermal and hydro generation in the agency’s balancing authority against its load. Updated every five minutes, it’s a great resource for universities, research laboratories and other utilities.

March 31, 2011
Texas Uses Phasors to Increase Electricity Reliability

How can we prevent grid events, like unexpected outages or power fluctuations, from turning into much larger problems? Find out more about the monitoring devices -- "phasors" -- helping us manage our grid and support renewable energy sources such as wind.

March 14, 2011
Vids4Grids: Smart Meters and Super Cables

Find out more about the power engineers behind the exciting new technologies that are essential to constructing a national Smart Grid.

February 14, 2011
Home-energy display mobile phone application that shows how much energy an appliance is consuming. | Photo courtesy of Pecan Street Project.
Two New Studies Show How Energy Consumers Respond to Smart Grid Technology

Utilities rise to Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman's challenge to find ways to enable customers to participate more fully in their electric system.

February 4, 2011
Sec. Chu Announces More 'SunShot' Details. 
| Department of Energy Photo | Courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Public Domain |
Sec. Chu Announces More 'SunShot' Details

Secretary Chu announces the four pillars of the Department’s new “SunShot” initiative.

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.