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February 7, 2012
Recovery Act Funds at Work: Smart Grid Investment Grant Profiles

DOE is partnering with regional and local utilities and co-ops across the Nation to improve the reliability of the grid and helping communities recover faster when disruptions occur. Case studies profiling some of the SGIG and SGDP grant recipients and the impact of the funding are available below for downloading.

January 17, 2012
An aerial view of the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant in Austin, Texas. | Photo courtesy of Austin Water.
Austin Using Green Innovation to Beat the Utility Blues

The Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant in Austin, Texas in utilizing biogas generation to reduce energy costs and become self-sufficient.

January 5, 2012
OE Grant Recipients, ISER Recognized for Innovation and Leadership

As part of its annual awards ceremony, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently honored three individuals working on projects funded by the Office of Electricity & Energy Reliability for their leadership and contributions to engineering. Additionally, an education industry publication recognized the Emergency Support Function #12 (ESF #12) team within OE’s Infrastructure Security & Energy Restoration (ISER) Division with an annual Learning in Practice award for excellence in e-learning.

December 20, 2011
Homer, population 5,364, known far and wide for its importance to Alaska's commercial fishing industry, spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually -- a reduction of approximately 14 percent. | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Saving Clams in the Halibut Capital of the World

Since 2010, officials of the Alaskan municipality Homer have spent $847,000 to conduct an initial energy audit and implement energy efficiency improvements that will drop the city's energy bill by $100,000 annually, a reduction of approximately 14 percent.

December 8, 2011
An aerial view of Rentech's Product Demonstration Unit (PDU) in Commerce City, Colorado. | Photo courtesy of Rentech.
Drop-in Biofuels Take Flight in Commerce City, Colorado

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy works in partnership with industry to develop, build, operate and validate integrated biorefineries across the country at various scales (pilot, demonstration, and commercial). One such project, led by ClearFuels-Rentech, recently celebrated the completion of a pilot-scale, biorefinery in Commerce City, Colorado.

December 6, 2011
Dale and Sharon Borgford, small business owners in Stevens County, WA, break ground with Peter Goldmark, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. The pair brought more than 75 jobs to the area with help from DOE's State Energy Program and the U.S. Forest Service. | Photo courtesy of Washington DNR.
Biomass Burner Cogenerates Jobs and Electricity from Lumber Mill Waste

Nearly five years after a local lumber mill closed, a dedicated group of small business owners sought a solution in the Recovery Act to restore the eastern Washington town’s economic dynamo.

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.

November 19, 2011
Installing LED pedestrian and traffic lights like this one are among the improvements made by cities in New Hampshire to cut their energy costs. | DOE photo, credit Hantz Leger
The EECBG Program: A New Hampshire Snapshot

New Hampshire cities have benefited from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

November 16, 2011
My Testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Tomorrow morning, Secretary Chu will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the choice we face in competing for the clean energy jobs of tomorrow. Here is his prepared testimony.

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.