• On November 29, 2012, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 66 cutting-edge research projects to receive a total of $130 million in funding through its “OPEN 2012” program. Many of the projects have a smart grid focus. The purpose of OPEN 2012 is to seek out transformational, breakthrough technologies that show fundamental technical promise but are too early for private-sector investment. These projects have the potential to produce game-changing breakthroughs in energy technology, form the foundation for entirely new industries, and have large commercial impacts. The selected projects encompass 11 technology areas in 24 states, and support the Obama Administration’s “all-of-the-above” approach to resolving the nation’s energy challenges. More information regarding the program and the projects selected is available here.
  • The IEEE Power & Energy Society has announced its fourth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) to be held February 24-27, 2012, in Washington, DC. The ISGT Conference will provide a forum for participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies. According to the announcement, it will feature “plenary sessions, panels, technical papers, and tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications.” Researchers and practitioners from around the world are also invited to submit papers for review and possible presentation at the ISGT Conference. More information about the ISGT Conference is available here.