The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which is responsible for operating New York State’s bulk electricity grid, estimated earlier this week that Recovery Act-funded improvements made to the state’s grid – in conjunction with a new 64,000-square-foot power control center that it plans to build – could save New York electricity customers up to $190 million per year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s goal was to expeditiously negotiate the Smart Grid Investment Grant awards so each recipient could begin implementing their project in a timely fashion.