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Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA)

The Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA) Division is focused on ensuring the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid through robust analytical, modeling, and assessment capabilities to address energy issues of national importance.

Priorities include:

Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Response and Restoration (Energy Resiliency and Risk Analysis)

Significant energy events, from both natural and human-induced causes, have demonstrated a need for real-time status of the electric grid and energy assets to assist State and Federal agencies in coordinating recovery, response, and restoration efforts on the ground. Through its visualization tools and analysis, OE is able to provide real-time assessments and situational awareness.  EIMA will conduct risk analyses and provide analytic products that can inform Federal decision-making related to critical infrastructure, and emergency response and recovery, and support the information needs of Federal, State, and local governments.

Predictive Modeling and Controls for Events

Past events underscore the need to develop the next-generation of system planning and operations tools and controls to visualize system dynamics, identify areas of reliability concern, prevent and mitigate cascading events, and support post-event analyses. EIMA will work to develop the next-generation system operations and planning tools/controls that can identify areas of electric system vulnerability and will work to develop solutions in partnership with industry stakeholders to mitigate reliability events. Activities will also support the development of tools for analyses to assist stakeholders in assessing cost-effective reliability options for grid modernization.

Energy Reliability Assessments

Timely and robust energy industry assessments, analyses, and modeling are needed to gain a better understanding of critical interdependencies between sectors and different segments of the energy industry such as the interaction between natural gas well-head production, natural gas pipeline transportation, and the reliable use of natural gas in electricity generation. Activities will support reliability assessments and interdependency studies, as well as collaboration with key private and public stakeholders to identify key issues and trends that affect energy reliability.