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August 19, 2013
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">The eGallon price is calculated using the most recently available state by state residential electricity prices. The state gasoline price above is either the statewide average retail price or a multi-state regional average price reported by EIA. The latest gasoline pricing data is available on EIA’s webpage. Find out more at www.energy.gov/eGallon.</div></div></div>
eGallon and Electric Vehicle Sales: The Big Picture

This month, we're updating eGallon prices and taking a look at how the U.S. electric vehicle market continues to strengthen.

August 12, 2013
Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

In June 2011, President Obama released A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid which set out a four-pillared strategy for modernizing the electric grid. The initiative directed billions of dollars toward investments in 21st century smart grid technologies focused at increasing the grid’s efficiency, reliability, and resilience, and making it less vulnerable to weather-related outages and reducing the time it takes to restore power after an outage occurs.

July 31, 2013
Did you know: a typical bolt of lightning is about 3 miles long and heats the air immediately surrounding the bolt to over 20,000 degrees Celsius? That's three times hotter than the surface of the sun. For many Americans, summer isn't complete without an exciting thunderstorm to break up the heat. This electrifying photo was taken by Sandia Labs photographer Randy Montoya during a summer storm on July 21, 2013. The lightning illuminated the Redstone rocket that stands in front of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico. | Photo courtesy of Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: A Storm in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

July 19, 2013
Yesterday, representatives from the Energy Department, the European Commission and Argonne National Lab celebrated the launch of the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center. From left to right: Mr. Giovanni De Santi, Director of the JRC Institute for energy and transport (IET); Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC); Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, Asia and the Americas; Dr. Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Lab.
Energy Department Partners with EU on Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Coordination

As electric vehicle sales continue to grow, vehicles, charging stations and communication systems will need to work in unison with the electric grid. Learn what the Energy Department is doing to ensure this happens.

July 19, 2013
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">The eGallon price is calculated using the most recently available state by state residential electricity prices. The state gasoline price above is either the statewide average retail price or a multi-state regional average price reported by EIA. The latest gasoline pricing data is available on EIA’s webpage. Find out more at www.energy.gov/eGallon.</div></div></div>
EV Sales Skyrocketing. eGallon Holds Steady.

We're updating monthly eGallon numbers and highlighting the continued growth of electric vehicle sales.

June 20, 2013
The Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL.
SLIDESHOW: Tour the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Latest Research Center

Browse through our slideshow featuring unique elements of a new research center focused on boosting clean energy technologies.

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
Energy Department Partners with State, City and Industry Stakeholders to Help Hoboken Region Improve Its Electric Grid in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Initiative to Help the Community Become More Adaptive and Better Prepared for Future Events

June 7, 2013
Announcing the "Top 10" List of Green Utility Leaders

Find out if your utility made the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's list of top green power programs.

June 7, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Building a 21st Century Electric Grid

New Presidential Memorandum will speed the modernization of the nation's electric grid.