United States Secretary of Energy

Department of Energy Supports Landmark Rooftop Solar Project

Solar energy is being shouted from American rooftops—literally.  United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the government is offering a conditional commitment to partially guarantee a $1.4 billion loan to support Project Amp which will install solar panels on the roofs of industrial buildings across the country. The electricity generated from those panels will contribute directly to the electrical grid and won’t be used to power the buildings where they are installed.

Obama Administration Utilities Offer Plan to Accelerate U.S. Smart Grid

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded $4.5 billion to promote smart grid and clean energy projects, which was matched by $5.5 billion in private funding. The new push to promote the smart grid will be much less expensive for the federal government but the Administration hopes it will be even more effective.

US Energy Secretary Announces Five Million Smart Meters Installed

During a White House Grid Modernization event, United States Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than five million smart meters have been installed nationwide as part of Recovery Act-funded efforts to accelerate modernization of the nation’s electric grid. Nearly 90 percent of the meters installed to date are in Florida, Texas, California, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Nevada.

Duke Energy to Work with DOE to Enhance Grid

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has signed a partnership deal with Duke Energy, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit research organization that focuses on the electric power utility industry both in the United States and internationally to identify opportunities for testing and deploying ARPA-E funded projects that enhance the electric grid.

DOE Invests in Smart Grid Employment

United States Energy Secretary Steve Chu announced that the Obama administration has earmarked $100 million in Recovery Act funding to train an estimated 30,000 workers for smart grid employment.