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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.

July 11, 2013
Analysis of Customer Enrollment Patterns in TIme-Based Rate Programs: Initial Results from the SGIG Consumer Behavior Studies (July 2013)

The Smart Grid Investment Grant program's consumer behavior study effort presents an opportunity to advance the electric power industry’s understanding of consumer behaviors in terms of customer acceptance and retention, and energy and peak demand impacts.

July 10, 2013
Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through June 30, 2013

Graph of cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through June 30, 2013.

 

July 7, 2013
Voices of Experience: Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement (July 2013)

The success of the Smart Grid will depend in part on consumers taking a more proactive role in managing their energy use. This document is the result of a nine-month effort to compile information on the successful approaches used by utilities to engage customers regarding smart grid technology deployments. Voices of Experience: Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement provides practical advice from utilities that have implemented smart grid projects to educate and engage their customers.

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 13, 2013
Cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through May 31, 2013

Graph of cumulative Federal Payments to OE Recovery Act Recipients, through May 31, 2013.

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.