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November 15, 2011
The PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project is the nation’s first combined solar generation and storage facility to be fully integrated into a utility’s power grid.  Pictured above are the facility's solar panels, including an aerial view in the upper left. | Image courtesy of PNM
Innovative Energy Storage Technologies Enabling More Renewable Power

Solar and wind power provide the means for America to strengthen its energy security, create jobs in growing markets, and improve the environment. Thanks to breakthroughs in energy storage systems, including the first grid-tied solar and storage facility, that potential is getting closer to reality.

November 7, 2011
This infographic highlights some of the ways businesses can save money at each step of the energy supply chain. Many companies can identify low-cost ways to reduce energy costs in electricity generation, electricity transmission, industrial processes, product delivery, and retail sales.
Building a More Efficient Industrial Supply Chain

This infographic highlights some of the ways businesses can save money at each step of the energy supply chain. Many companies can identify low-cost ways to reduce energy costs in electricity generation, electricity transmission, industrial processes, product delivery, and retail sales.

November 7, 2011
Improved Power Control in the Palm of Your Hand

A new kind of thyristor – an electronic switch – has the potential to change the landscape for power control and conversion.
 And it's thanks to a partnership between the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and GeneSiC Semiconductor that this technology is now on the market. Learn more.

September 28, 2011
The Team Tidewater Virginia smart meter, as seen on opening day, indicates the team generated 5 kW hours of electricity in the first several hours of the competition. | Image courtesy of Lachlan Fletcher, Studio 18a
Smart Meters Help Balance Energy Consumption at Solar Decathlon

Clouds, rain, thunderstorms… at Solar Decathlon Village? Oh my, you may say. But less-than-ideal weather conditions are no match for this year's teams, thanks to smart grid technology that is helping them monitor their energy consumption.

September 22, 2011
Brian Andrews is a former meter reader who now works with smart meter and intelligent grid projects. | Image courtesy of CenterPoint Energy.
New Technologies Bring New Opportunities for Meter Reader

Brian Andrews leveraged training programs to transition from being a meter reader at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas to implementing the company’s smart meter and intelligent electric grid projects.

September 21, 2011
Smart grid technology installations provided not only new work, but new customers for Narrows Electric owner Gary Miklethun, far l., and his team, from l. to r., Ken Dehart, Rodney Thomas and Dave Brosie.
Smart Grid Technology Gives Small Business New Light

Gary Miklethun, the owner of Narrows Electric, a small electrical contractor in Gig Harbor, Wash., that specializes in residential and small commercial projects, definitely felt it when the economy slowed down. But installing new smart grid technology in 500 homes not only gave his team new work, but new customers.

September 20, 2011
Developing a smarter electrical system also involves investment in training programs to build the workforce we need to successfully design, implement and sell these technologies. The Energy Department funds Smart Grid Workforce Training programs across the country, as pictured above. <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/power-jobs-smart-grid-workforce">Find out more about the exciting career opportunities smart grid technology is enabling</a>.
Power Jobs: The Smart Grid Workforce

“Really anyone who likes science or math, we’ve probably got a job for you,” said Justin Johnson, Senior Director of Engineering at Oncor, one of the country’s largest transmission and distribution utilities based in Dallas, Texas. Find out more about the exciting career opportunities smart grid technology is offering.

September 9, 2011
Navy Veteran Gary Watts is a recent graduate of Power4Vets, a project funded through the Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability's Smart Grid Workforce Development Program to put veterans back to work in civilian energy jobs. | Photo courtesy of Power4Vets
Navy Veteran Back to Work on the Smart Grid

Read about Power4Vets -- a program funded by Recovery Act money through the Energy Department’s Smart Grid Workforce Training program, which is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electric industries for smart grid-related jobs.

September 2, 2011
Response to Hurricane Irene – Restoring Power on the East Coast

Hurricane Irene struck the East coast last Friday, making landfall in North Carolina. Over the weekend, the storm traveled up the East Coast and into the mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the U.S. In response to Irene, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia declared a State of Emergency.

August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene made landfall at approximately 7:30 am EDT near Cape Lookout, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (Category 1). This NOAA GOES-13 satellite image captures Irene’s landfall moment. | Image courtesy of NOAA
Energy Department Emergency Response Team Ready to Respond to Hurricane Irene

The Energy Department is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the East Coast of the United States. Emergency Situation Reports are now available detailing the storm's impact to the energy sector and restoration activities being taken.