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March 22, 2016
Increasing Reliability of the Nation’s Power Grid through Greater Visibility

DOE’s Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Adam Cohen today announced new funding that will build on recent progress in giving system operators greater visibility into the health of the nation’s electric grid through the use of advanced devices called synchrophasors. Also known as phasor measurement units (PMUs), synchrophasors monitor the grid at a rate 100 times faster than existing systems, allowing operators to manage their systems more efficiently, integrate new generation sources, and improve reliability.

March 17, 2016
Dr. Imre Gyuk -- pictured speaking at a Green Mountain Power energy storage event -- was recently recognized for his game-changing work in energy storage. | Photo courtesy of the Clean Energy States Alliance.
10 Questions with Energy Storage Expert Imre Gyuk

Dr. Imre Gyuk, recently awarded the NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Energy Storage, talks about what energy storage is, how the energy storage field has changed in the last 10 years and where it's headed.

February 19, 2016
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and NASEO Executive Director David Terry at the February 10, 2016 signing of the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators Agreement. | Photo Courtesy of NASEO.
DOE and State Organizations Update Important Agreement on Coordinating a Unified Response to Energy Emergencies

Secretary Moniz last week signed an updated Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators (EEAC) Agreement with the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, National Governors Association, and the National Emergency Management Association. Updating the EEAC Agreement is a critical step in helping the Federal Government and States work together to provide a unified response to energy emergencies.

The updated EEAC Agreement lays out concrete items to improve our collective ability to share information, which is essential for making sound response and restoration decisions during emergencies.

February 17, 2016
Video: Recovery Act by the Numbers

The Recovery Act was passed seven years ago today. Learn how it has laid the foundation for America's clean energy future.

February 11, 2016
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer
    Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer

  • BPA's Dittmer Control Center
    BPA's Dittmer Control Center

BPA, Grid Modernization, and Setting the Nation Up for Success

On February 8, 2016, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. I travelled to the Pacific Northwest to join BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer for a firsthand look at the vital work they are doing to improve U.S. energy infrastructure and use new capabilities to maximize efficiency in our energy use.

The Bonneville team is at the forefront of DOE’s push toward modernizing our grid for the challenges of the 21st century. They showed me advanced facilities like the Dittmer Control Center and briefed me on upgraded infrastructure such as the Celilo Converter and Pacific Direct Current Intertie (PDCI), a high-voltage direct current link between the Pacific Northwest and Southwest. These tangible improvements to our transmission infrastructure are the real deal: they are enhancing resiliency, reliability, and security and ensuring we have the grid our country needs.

February 3, 2016
NASEO AND OE WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT MICHIGAN, NEVADA, AND VIRGINIA WITH ENERGY SYSTEM ROADMAPPING EFFORTS

The National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO) Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) program, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE), was developed in response to several state requests for assistance in undertaking analysis, planning, and policy development activities. The goal of the E-MAP program is to help states develop holistic approaches to advancing electricity system and related energy infrastructure modernization, resilience, and affordability efforts.

Today, NASEO announced the selection of the Michigan Energy Office, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy as the pilot states for NASEO’s E-MAP program.

January 20, 2016
OE Announces Funding to Improve the Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Power Grid

With cybersecurity for the energy sector emerging as one of the most serious challenges associated with grid modernization and infrastructure protection, maintaining a robust pipeline of cutting-edge technologies is vital to helping the energy sector continue adapting to the changing cyber landscape. The “Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research, Development and Demonstration for the Energy Sector” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will lead to next-generation tools and technologies that will become widely adopted to enhance and accelerate additional cybersecurity capabilities for the U.S energy critical infrastructure.

January 14, 2016
Understanding the Grid
An Explainer: How “Grid Modernization” Could Improve Your Life

This month the Department of Energy is making a series of announcements to support its Grid Modernization Initiative. But what does grid modernization mean for you? We've broken it down.

November 24, 2015
Securing the Electricity Grid: Government and Industry Exercise Together at GridEx III

I had the opportunity this past week to represent the Department of Energy at a critically important exercise here in our Nation’s Capital – an exercise, just like in real life, to strengthen our muscles, in this case making our electricity grid more secure and resilient.

The two-day Grid Security Exercise III, or GridEx III, was the largest exercise of its kind – ever. GridEx III brought together government and private sector leaders to simulate a coordinated response to physical and cyber threats to our Nation’s grid. 

November 3, 2015
Power lines like these make up our nation's power grid -- a critical component of our national critical infrastructure.
National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month: Improving the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Grid

November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, and our Office of Electricity (OE) is hard at work safeguarding the power grid.