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June 4, 2013
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's <a href="http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=948">GridLAB-D™ tool</a> works to simulate all aspects of the energy grid from generation to end use allowing users to see the future of the grid like never before. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Smart Grid Week: R&D Projects Paving the Way to the 21st Century Grid

Next up in our Smart Grid Week series -- how grid modernization research and development projects directly benefit you.

June 3, 2013
Investments in the nation's electric power grid are delivering significant benefits to consumers and businesses. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Progress on Our 21st Century Grid: Powering Our Country and Our Economy

Since the start of the new year, I have spoken at more than a dozen events about ways in which investment in the electric power grid is delivering significant benefits to consumers, businesses, and communities across the nation.

June 3, 2013
Introducing Smart Grid Week. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Smart Grid Week: Working to Modernize the Nation’s Electric Grid

Our latest Energy.gov series -- Smart Grid Week -- highlights efforts across the country to transform the nation's electric grid. Learn how you can share your own thoughts and perspectives throughout the series.

May 14, 2013
This Thursday: Google+ Hangout on Securing the Smart Grid

Have questions about how the Department is helping ensure the nation's electric grid stays safe and secure? Ask members of the smart grid cybersecurity workforce your questions this Thursday.

May 2, 2013
Inside Florida Power & Light's Transmission Performance Diagnostic Center. | Photo courtesy of Florida Power & Light.
Coming Full Circle in Florida: Improving Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Learn how a milestone project in Florida is helping to advance America's smart grid.

April 25, 2013
Smart Grid: Powering Our Way to a Greener Future

Learning how to be smarter and more efficient about reducing our energy consumption is on the minds of everyone this week. The smart grid, with its improved efficiency and performance, is helping consumers conserve energy and save money every day.

April 9, 2013
The Notrees Wind Storage Demonstration Project is a 36-megawatt energy storage and power management system, which completed testing and became fully operational in December. It shows how energy storage can moderate the intermittent nature of wind by storing excess energy when the wind is blowing and making it available later to the electric grid to meet customer demand.
Smoothing Renewable Wind Energy in Texas

A west Texas town recently became home to the largest battery storage on a wind farm, thanks to investments from the Energy Department.

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.

February 10, 2012
A crew from Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, TN,  install an S&C IntelliRupter PulseCloser on its distribution network. EPB is installing more than 1,000 of the smart switches which can detect customer outages remotely, isolate damaged sections of the power lines and quickly restore power to customers.  | Photo courtesy of EPB Chattanooga
Modernizing the Grid: Getting More out of America’s Energy

As modernization of the nation’s electric grid moves forward, consumers and businesses are experiencing fewer outages, faster power restoration when outages do occur, more efficient operations, and cost savings. Here are some of the latest examples of how Smart Grid Investment Grants from the Energy Department are helping the electric grid to better serve the American people.

November 21, 2011
EPB’s $226 million Smart Grid Investment Grant project, part of the Energy Department's Recovery Act funding has allowed upgrades on its distribution system and the installation of “smart” switches and sensor equipment for 164 distribution circuits as well as the deployment of approximately 1500 smart switches system-wide. Thanks to these smart grid technologies, EPB saved thousands of hours of outage time for their consumers. | DoE photo
Lessons Learned: An Ongoing Dialogue About Smart Grid

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman explains lessons learned from the recent Southeast peer-to-peer workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many of the attendees represented awardees from the Energy Department's Recovery Act programs, and while they demonstrated success in their work, there was a consistent theme of community involvement as essential to that success.