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Recovery Act

August 23, 2011
Weekly Activity and Financial Report - 08/19/2011

The Weekly Financial and Activity Reports section includes the Department of Energy's weekly report on spending and major actions related to the Recovery Act.  The "Weekly Update" tab includes listing of total appropriations, total obligations, and total disbursements for each Treasury Account.  The "Major Activities" tab lists of the major actions taken to date and major planned actions of likely interest to senior government officials, Congress, and the public.

August 15, 2011
A123 Systems Moves From the Lab to the Assembly Line

Last week, Secretary Chu announced $175 million in funding for 40 projects that promise to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation vehicle technologies. The innovations being fostered through these projects often begin at a small scale, being tweaked and tested in laboratories or R+D centers as researchers attempt to hit critical benchmarks for deployment.

August 9, 2011
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman sees firsthand how new in-home monitors help consumers save money. <a href = "http://energy.gov/photos/how-smart-grid-helps-homeowners-reduce-their-energy-use">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.

August 8, 2011
B-Cycle users can access bikes on demand with an annual, weekly, or daily pass. | Courtesy of Julia Diana, City of San Antonio
Bike Sharing in Texas: San Antonio Rolls Out Program Aimed at Energy Efficiency and Public Health

As the first bike sharing system in Texas, San Antonio’s B-Cycle addresses two top concerns in the city: providing opportunities to improve personal health and giving active transportation choices to residents and visitors. Riders are empowered to see how they are making a difference in the community. Through a personal profile page, they can track calories burned, miles ridden, and their carbon offset. It’s not just residents who benefit – the city of San Antonio also benefits from cleaner air.

August 2, 2011
Centerpoint Energy and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman Announce Results of Pilot Project on Home Energy Use

CenterPoint Energy has released survey results from a 500 participant smart meter In-Home Display pilot program showing that 71 percent of customers changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their in-home displays.

August 1, 2011
Check out this residential energy report, one of many that's helping residents all over King County, Washington save energy and money at home.
Seven Cities and a Utility Company Team Up to Deliver Residential Energy Savings

In 2010, seven cities in King County, Washington -- known as the C-7 New Energy Partnership -- joined forces with local utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and energy management software company OPOWER to help nearly 100,000 residents reduce their home energy consumption. The program, which was made possible in part by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding from the Recovery Act , has become an easy and informative way for residents to understand their energy consumption, compare their household use against neighbors, and identify effective options to reduce their costs. 

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.

July 15, 2011
More About "Topic A" and "Topic B" Awards

The awards pursuant to the Department of Energy’s Interconnection-wide Transmission Planning Initiative cover two broad topics. “Topic A” covers Interconnection-Level Analysis and Planning. “Topic B” covers Cooperation Among States on Electric Resource Planning and Priorities, where the states will develop input to the Topic A analyses and perform other tasks.