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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="">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.

August 9, 2011
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman sees firsthand how new in-home monitors help consumers save money. <a href = "">Click here to see more photos</a> and learn how new smart grid technology can help you save. | Energy Department Image | Photo by Jen Stutsman
How the Smart Grid Helps Homeowners Reduce Their Energy Use

More than 70 percent of participants in CenterPoint Energy's pilot program said they reduced their energy use as a result of real-time information from in-home monitors. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman saw firsthand how the technology is helping consumers save money. Check out photos and video.

July 26, 2011
Small business owner Steve Kaplan told ABC News’ “Show Me the Money” on Good Morning America that he's saving over $320 per month compared to last summer, which they calculated could result in $1,300 a year.
Smart Meters Helping Oklahoma Consumers Save Hundreds During Summer Heat

Smart meters -- just one of the advanced technologies being used to modernize the grid -- are helping Oklahoma businesses and home owners beat high electricity bills not only during these summer months, but year-round.

June 13, 2011
A 21st Century Grid includes increasing the overall efficiency of our generating, transmission and distribution system to facilitate the growth of renewable energy sources. | Energy Department Image
Five Million Smart Meters Installed Nationwide is Just the Beginning of Smart Grid Progress

If Edison were transported in a time, he would be amazed by progress in lighting and sound recording, such as the LED light or the iPod. On the other hand, he would easily recognize much of the basic technology behind today’s power system.

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.

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.