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June 3, 2013
Department of Energy Launches New Series on Grid Modernization

The Department of Energy is highlighting grid modernization efforts this week with a series that explains how investing in the electric power grid is delivering significant benefits to consumers, businesses, and communities across the nation.

May 23, 2013
Uniform Methods for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings and Increasing Electric Utility Confidence in Reported Savings Now Available

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published protocols for estimating energy savings for residential and commercial energy efficiency programs and measures through the recently released “The Uniform Methods Project: Methods for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings for Specific Measures.”

May 17, 2013
Green Button Initiative Growing

The Green Button initiative, which is the common-sense idea that electricity customers should be able to securely download their own energy usage information from their utility websites, is continuing to gain traction across the country.

May 17, 2013
OE Releases 2013 Issue 2 of Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (April 2013)

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has released Volume 2, Issue 2 of the Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (EEPQ), designed to briefly highlight a few of the energy preparedness activities that occur each quarter.

May 15, 2013
Electricity Advisory Committee Meeting June 5-6, 2013

The next meeting of the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 and 6, 2013 at the the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. The final agenda is now available.

May 10, 2013
Assistant Secretary Hoffman Discusses Grid Modernization with the New York Times and E&E TV

During a New York Times conference on “Energy for Tomorrow: Building Sustainable Cities,” Assistant Secretary Hoffman joined ConEd CEO Kevin Burke, and Euroheat and Power CEO Sabine Froning for a discussion on “Think National but Power Local.” During an interview with E&E TV’s Monica Trauzzi, she discussed how Recovery Act funding is helping utilities achieve important results such as reducing peak load, deferring building of additional generation, improving operations and monitoring the health of the grid more effectively.

May 3, 2013
Eastern Energy Zones Mapping Tool Now Available

The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC) has released the Energy Zones (EZ) Mapping Tool, a free, web-based interactive tool that will help states and other stakeholders in the Eastern Interconnection identify geographic areas suitable for the development of clean energy resources which can potentially provide significant amounts of new electric power generation.

May 1, 2013
DOE Announces Award Selections for Academic-Industry Collaboration – Synchrophasor Engineering Education Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven projects for awards totaling approximately $1.4 million to help colleges and universities better prepare the electricity industry workforce of the future. Use of synchrophasor data from Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) is considered to be a promising tool to monitor modern electric power systems, and identify and respond to deteriorating or abnormal grid conditions more quickly. Thanks to Recovery Act funding, more than 800 PMUs are being installed at strategic locations across the nation’s transmission system.

April 25, 2013
Economic Impact of Recovery Act Investments in the Smart Grid Report Now Available

A report on the Economic Impact of Recovery Act Investments in the Smart Grid is now available. This study analyzes the economy-wide impacts of the Recovery Act funding for smart grid project deployment in the United States, administered by Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

April 17, 2013
Report Comparing the Impacts of Northeast Hurricanes Now Available

The report "Comparing the Impacts of Northeast Hurricanes on Energy Infrastructure" is now available for download.