Washington, DC – On March 6, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for developing, populating, managing, and maintaining a Web-based Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse. Smart Grid is the term used for an electricity delivery system that is integrated with modern digital and information technology to provide improved reliability, security, efficiency and ultimately lower cost to the user.
While it fulfills a requirement in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Clearinghouse represents an integral part of Smart Grid development. Its purpose is to consolidate public technical, legislative, and other information on Smart Grid development and practices, and direct website users to additional information sources both in the United States and internationally. The goal is to facilitate coordination and collaboration among all Smart Grid stakeholders, ranging from end users to technology developers, to support the advancement of the program for the benefit of the entire Nation.
Acting Assistant Secretary for OE Patricia Hoffman recently stated:
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stipulates that a smart grid information clearinghouse be established in a timely manner to make data from smart grid demonstration projects and other sources available to the public. The Clearinghouse development will fulfill that requirement,” she said. “This also directly responds to a key recommendation of the Electricity Advisory Committee and addresses a high-priority need of the Smart Grid Collaborative.”
The Smart Grid Collaborative is a cooperative agreement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) designed to facilitate the transition to a smart electric grid.
The FOA specifies that up to $1.25 million is available for cooperative agreement over five years. The FOA can be found at Grants.gov Go >
More information about Smart Grid can be found at the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability website.