Camps have changed a lot since my childhood days of learning to swim at the Y. Somewhere between the increased competition for college admission and the universities’ quest to monetize all that empty space during the summer, parents have started spending a lot of money for “enrichment.” Admittedly, I have fallen prey. Recently, I sat

In case you missed the first one, it’s back! Apps for Energy II runs through March 2014. DOE is inviting participants to use featured Department of Energy data, standards and ideas to develop apps that solve real world energy problems — for the chance to win cash and other prizes.

Participants can develop apps on

With recent cybersecurity breaches at large retailers, it’s easy to forget about the most basic and still threatening issue of physical security. That is why I am pleased to report the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC)

Utilities service territories are unique in many ways, including geography and culture. Despite the differences, there are benefits gained from studying the experiences of peers. 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. It’s an effort to capture the

Microgrids play an important role in the development of a smarter electric grid and present security and safety challenges which must be addressed. Ever wanted to attend the National Defense University? On June 18, 2013, the Department of Energy and the National Defense University will co-host the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and

DOE recently released a study that analyzes the economy-wide impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA) funding for Smart Grid project deployment administered by DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE). The investments analyzed cover expenditures from August 2009 to March 2012 and encompass nearly

The Challenges: Getting regulatory approval for smart grid projects. Monetizing benefits.

The Help: Electric Power Research Institute’s (“EPRI”) new guidebook for cost/benefit analysis of smart grid demonstration projects. Even utilities who are not doing stimulus demonstration projects can find the book beneficial. It presents a step-by-step framework and standardized approach for estimating the benefits and

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) analyzes and disseminates fact-based reports related to energy information across many sectors. EIA’s goal is to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. Like it does every year, in 2012 the EIA evaluated a wide range of

From energy storage to distribution automation, there are many things we can do to make the electric grid smarter. However, focusing on technology while overlooking the little things would be a big miss, or the equivalent to “air conditioning the entire neighborhood” as my mother would say when demanding I shut the door. Just in time