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Recovery Act

June 23, 2011
Fort Fairfield's new energy effificent streetlights | Courtesy of: Paul Cyr©2011 NorthernMainePhotos.com
Maine Community Seeing Things in a New Light

As one of the northernmost communities in the “Lower 48,” Fort Fairfield, Maine (population 3,500) averages less sunlight every year than towns in the southern part of the state.

June 22, 2011
Recovery Act Interconnection Transmission Planning

Robust and reliable transmission and distribution networks are essential to achieving the Administration's clean energy goals, including the development, integration, and delivery of new renewable and other low-carbon resources in the electricity sector, and the use of these resources to displace petroleum-based fuels in the transportation sector.

June 22, 2011
Recovery Act: Smart Grid Interoperability Standards and Framework

May 18, 2009

Locke, Chu Announce Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced significant progress that will help expedite development of a nationwide "smart" electric power grid.

June 22, 2011
Strategic Plan

A modern, reliable, secure, affordable and environmentally sensitive national energy infrastructure is fundamental to our quality of life and energy future. Yet since 1982, growth in peak demand for electricity has exceeded the growth and development of our electric grid. This demand growth will continue due to a growing population; larger homes with burgeoning IT requirements and more elaborate appliances; and the growth of electric vehicles; as well as, the day-to-day energy required to power our hospitals, schools, industries and other necessities of life.

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.

June 2, 2011
One of Riley County Public Works' new wind turbines. | Courtesy of: Riley County Public Works
Resourceful Kansas Puts Energy Efficient Technology on Display, Demonstrates Cost-Saving Benefits

As one of the windiest states in the country, Kansas is a great place to harness wind and solar power. And through the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, the Resourceful Kansas team is teaching the rest of the state about all the technologies that are out there.

May 18, 2011
Thermal Energy Corporation's (TECO) Control Room | Photo Courtesy of the Texas Medical Center
The World’s Largest Medical Center is Now Among the Most Energy Efficient

Houston-based Texas Medical Center recently celebrated the completion of an energy-efficient, 48 megawatt combined heat and power system. The Medical Center projects that new system, funded in part by a $10 million Recovery Act grant, will help save about $200 million in energy costs over the next 15 years — a big number, even by Texas standards.