- Mapping a Course to Improved Community Resilience
June 4, 2015 2:16 PM
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s (OE) mapping of public outage information was one of three projects featured during the first-ever mapathon hosted by the White House. This data set will allow disaster-impacted residents, tourists, first responders, and relief volunteers to easily connect to their local electricity provider to get information about the scope and estimated restoration time of the outage. During the mapathon, attendees started to build a data set of online outage map URLs, main website URLs, 1-800 numbers, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages of the nation’s approximately 3,000 utilities, munis, and electric co-ops. The data will be available via an open application programming interface (API) that will make it easier for organizations such as the Red Cross to tap into it with their own applications to get the best information on power outage information sources.Read The Full Story
Preparing for Hurricane Season
June 1, 2015 9:49 AM
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins today and will last through November 30. As the lead Federal agency responsible for coordinating the response to major energy disruptions, the Department of Energy works closely with other Federal agencies, State, local and tribal governments, and our partners in the private sector to prepare for all types of disasters – including hurricanes and other severe weather.Read The Full Story
June 26, 2015Now Available: Interim Report on Customer Acceptance, Retention, and Response to Time-Based Rates from the Consumer Behavior Studies
Utility studies of time-based rate programs show significant demand reductions and major enrollment advantages for opt-out versus opt-in recruitment approaches.
May 28, 2015
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the Year-in-Review: 2014 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions. This publication provides a summary of significant energy disruptions and infrastructure changes that occurred in the United States throughout 2014.
May 18, 2015
DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, has issued a research call for proposals for a “Design Support Tool for Remote Off-grid Microgrids” which facilitates the design of microgrids that encompass mixes of generation assets and load profiles typical of remote communities.
March 31, 2015Report Now Available: DC Microgrids Scoping Study--Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits (March 2015)
Los Alamos National Laboratory has released a report titled DC Microgrids Scoping Study: Estimate of Technical and Economic Benefits, which presents the results of a study by several national labs and funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability. The study provides a preliminary examination of the benefits and drawbacks of potential DC microgrid applications relative to their AC counterparts, using several metrics for comparison, and offers recommendations for potential future research and deployment activities.
March 23, 2015
In October 2014, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a conference to assess progress, impacts, benefits, and lessons learned from utility smart grid projects and to exchange information about future challenges and opportunities. The summary of conference proceedings, The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond, is now available for download.