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Sept 7, 2016
DOE Voice of Experience | Integrating Intermittent Resources
From Hawaii to New York, the electric power industry is experiencing a rising demand for rooftop solar and other distribution-level intermittent resources from customers seeking more choice and control over the electricity they use. While the technology on both sides of the meter is advancing and policy makers are debating renewable energy goals, net metering and open markets, utility operators are facing increasing pressures from their customers to connect customer owned generation to the distribution grid, or they will soon feel that pressure.

At the same time, there is growing body of knowledge within the utilities that are integrating increasing levels of variable resources. This knowledge gained through experience can provide valuable insight into the challenges, solutions and lessons learned integrating intermittent resources on the distribution grid.

Feb 9, 2016
DOE Grid Modernization Regional Workshops
The importance of our nation's electric system cannot be overstated. It underpins our economic prosperity, national security and our overall quality of life. However, as our country moves toward a more digital economy and we witness a convergence of information technology with communications, electricity, transportation and other sectors, the demands being placed on our grid infrastructure are changing dramatically...

Oct 2015
Voices of Experience | Insights into Advanced Distribution Management Systems
In February 2014 Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability formed the ADMS Working Group to collect the experiences, insights, and lessons learned from utilities implementing advanced distribution management systems (ADMS). The discussions from the Working Group are captured in a guide called Voices of Experience|Insights Into Advanced Distribution Management Systems.

Utilities that have deployed smart grid technologies have learned lessons and gained insights along the way—sometimes the hard way—that can be applied to new projects as well as existing projects that may be expanding or are presenting challenges. The goal of this guide is to provide practical advice to assist utilities in deploying ADMS.

Oct 30. 2012
Voice of Experience: Insights on Smart Grid Customer Engagement
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 spurred investments in smart grid technology and programs at utilities across the country. The Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration projects that it funded provided an unprecedented opportunity to...

Oct 15. 2012
“Green Button” Tool Makes Saving Electricity Easier
Article courtesy of NREL News Thirty-one million American homes will be getting computer-friendly data about their electricity use from their utility companies, thanks to the work of NREL and a nudge from the White House. The new consumer tool is called Green Button, and customers can link to it...

Aug 17. 2012
Seven Projects to Kick Off DOE's Smart Grid Data Access Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on May 22 that it will award nearly $3.2 million to seven Smart Grid Data Access projects. The award recipients will also contribute more than $5.7 million to the effort, bringing the total value of these projects to more than $8.9 million. The...

Jun 21. 2012
Across the U.S. Utilities Share Experiences from Smart Grid Deployments
Regional Peer-to-Peer Smart Grid Meeting Smart grid technologies have the potential to transform the electric system by improving utility operations and giving customers information that can help them better manage their electricity use. However, before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...

Feb 24. 2012
Green Button Gives Millions of Consumers Access to Electricity Usage Information
In the 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. As part of this strategy and his broader agenda to repair and modernize America’s infrastructure and create jobs, the President...

Dec 02. 2011 and the Open Energy Information Website: Two Examples of an Open, Transparent Federal Government
One of the first acts of the Obama presidency was to sign the "Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government," which instructed all members of the administration to operate under the principles of openness, transparency, and of engaging citizens with their government. The...