• Energy Department’s First-Ever “Apps for Energy” Competition Begins Today

    Developers Will Compete to Create Apps Using Energy Data From Utilities to Help Consumers Reduce Energy Costs, Consumption  WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help consumers save money by saving energy, the Department of Energy’s first-ever “Apps for Energy” competition begins today, offering $100,000 in cash prizes...(more)

  • Glendale Power and Water sets gold standard for AMI

    With nearly two-thirds of DOE AMI grant projects complete as of Dec 31, 2012, utilities who adopted a wait-and-see attitude are anxiously awaiting the business cases that will get them off the dime one way or another. While most are looking for the bottom-line ROI associated with smart grid investment (and rightly so, as any future technology expenditures will...(more)

  • Transmission System Improvements to Create Jobs, Benefit Consumers in 14 States

    WASHINGTON, August 29, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural electric cooperative utilities will receive funding for smart grid technologies and improvements to generation and transmission facilities. These loans will benefit more than 19,000 rural consumers in 14 states. "Rural electric cooperatives provide direct jobs and support...(more)

  • ComEd says bills would get Smart Grid back on track

    Feb 26 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Julie Wernau Chicago Tribune Commonwealth Edison is pitching lawmakers on new legislation that the utility says would get its electrical grid modernization "back on track." In advertisements aimed at legislators, ComEd blames regulators for smart meter delays, saying a decision to cut funding has affected...(more)

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors Presentation Video

    DOE Senior Advisor Joe Paladino spoke to the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on February 19, 2013 regarding the benefits of grid modernization and the role that smart meters play. SMUD received a $127.5M Smart Grid Investment Grant from DOE (total project cost $308M). SMUD has been a leader in deploying smart technologies...(more)

  • Department of Energy Releases Smart Grid Impact Reports

    The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is pleased to announce the release of four new reports on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program. The reports cover four key smart grid application areas: Demand reductions from the application of advanced metering infrastructure, time-...(more)

  • SDG&E Customers Can Connect Home Area Network Devices With Smart Meters

    article courtesy of San Diego Gas & Electric SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2013 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers can now purchase and install home area network devices to see how much energy they are using in near real-time and help identify high energy use appliances. With in-home energy display devices connected to their electric smart meters,...(more)

  • Cleco announces move to MISO

    Article courtesy MISO media relations CARMEL, Ind. – Cleco Corp. (NYSE: CNL) announced plans to join MISO, the regional grid operator, as a fully integrated transmission-owning member.  Cleco owns 1,250 miles of transmission lines and serves approximately 281,000 customers throughout Louisiana.  “We are happy that after evaluating its options, Cleco determined...(more)

  • Smart grid a good investment for all

    Article couresy of The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Guam Power Authority a $16.7 million smart grid ARRA grant in 2009. GPA issued bonds for its 50 percent funding match. Over 400 utilities across the U.S. applied. DOE awarded 100 grants ranking GPA's proposal the fourth highest. GPA has until Dec. 31, 2013 to complete the project. GPA...(more)

  • Smart Grid Came to Rescue in Hurricane Sandy

    Article courtesy of About 8 million people lost their power when Hurricane Sandy swept through and most of them had to call their utility to report the outage. That's because the US has a centralized grid that's far from "smart," but investments in the US smart grid under President Obama's Recovery Act helped. Utility Pepco, which serves...(more)