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July 11, 2013
Demand Response: Lessons Learned with an Eye to the Future

Under the Recovery Act, the Energy Department awarded $3.5 billion in funds to the electricity industry, including OG&E, to help catalyze the adoption of smart grid tools, technologies and techniques such as demand response that are designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. Understanding lessons learned from these projects is vital.

July 11, 2013
Voices of Experience: New Guide Offers Utilities’ Insights on Engaging with Smart Grid Customers

The Voices of Experience | Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement guide builds on the knowledge shared during a series of DOE-sponsored regional peer-to-peer workshops during which utilities discussed compelling smart grid topics and issues. The guide offers practical advice and lessons learned, and showcases creative, high-impact approaches.

June 18, 2013
Answering Your Questions about Grid Modernization

Remember Smart Grid Week? Here's a follow-up where we answer some of your questions about the series.

June 7, 2013
Rows of battery racks at Portland General Electric’s Salem Smart Power Center in Salem, Ore. PGE is a participant in the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which will use the center’s 5-megawatt energy storage system to test several smart grid technologies and approaches. | Photo courtesy of Portland General Electric.
Smart Grid Week: New Project in Oregon Helping Advance the Grid of the Future

New lithium-ion storage facility in Salem, Oregon is helping to make our power grid smarter and more reliable.

June 6, 2013
President Barack Obama listens to then-Acting Energy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman during a meeting with electric utility CEOs and trade association representatives at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2013. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
Smart Grid Week: Hurricane Season and the Department’s Efforts to Make the Grid More Resilient to Power Outages

Next up in our Smart Grid Week series -- improving electric grid technologies to adequately prepare for emergencies with power outages.

June 5, 2013
Smart meter technology plays a key role in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. <a href="/node/300517">The Team Tidewater Virginia's smart meter</a>, 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 Grid Week: How the Transition to 21st Century Grid Impacts You

From smart meters to energy-saving apps -- an overview of the many capabilities a smarter, more powerful grid makes available to you.

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.