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November 16, 2016
Energy Department Announces Approval of Great Northern Transmission Line

The Department of Energy today announced the issuance of a Record of Decision and Presidential Permit for the Great Northern Transmission Line. The 224-mile overhead alternating current transmission line will bring up to 883 megawatts of hydropower from Manitoba Power in Canada to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and deliver wind power generated in North Dakota to Manitoba Power in Canada.

The project has the potential to provide enough reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity to serve approximately 600,000 residential customers in the Upper Midwest.

November 3, 2016
Recognizing the People Behind the Technology: NASPI 2016 Awards

I recently joined the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) community for its Working Group meeting where industry representatives, researchers, and vendors gathered to share lessons learned and discuss advances in a technology that is a core component of a modernized power grid.

November 2, 2016
Enabling a Smart Power Grid

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is working with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enhance the places where we can test advanced systems, at the scale of a real neighborhood or zip code, without risk to actual customers. Under the guidance of OE, INL works with industry, universities and government stakeholders to provide a testing environment which reduces the risks and enables real world validation and verification of new ideas, devices and systems including new smart grid devices, distribution automation, communication systems, renewable energy, and grid scale energy storage. INL just broke ground this week on enhancements to its Critical Infrastructure Test Range Complex, which is part of INL’s 61 miles of transmission system, seven substations and associated distribution systems.

October 19, 2016
OE Announces Investment in New Research to Improve Grid Reliability through Enhanced Visibility

Today, at the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) meeting in Seattle, I announced over $5 million in fundamental research that will allow electric sector organizations in California, New York, and Tennessee to develop synchrophasor applications in two important areas: reliability management and asset management.

October 6, 2016
DOE Monitoring Energy Infrastructure, Responds as Hurricane Matthew Hits Florida

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida, the Energy Department (DOE) is monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating responses across the federal community, state and local governments, and with partners in industry.

September 28, 2016
Investing in the Innovative Design of More Flexible Large Power Transformers

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, DOE announced new funding to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid from natural and manmade hazards on September 28, 2016. More than $1.5 million will catalyze new designs of large power transformers (LPTs). Producing LPTs that are more flexible will help the energy sector better prepare for the sharing and long-term replacement of LPTs in the event of catastrophic failures. This funding will allow corporations, small businesses, and academic institutions in Georgia, Illinois, New York and North Carolina to create new designs that will help produce the next generation of LPTs.

September 27, 2016
EAGLE-I’s National Outage Map tracks transmission line status and customer outage numbers by County, State, and FEMA Region.
DOE Announces Transition of EAGLE-I to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Taking Advantage of the Laboratory’s World-class Capabilities and Expertise

On September 27, 2016, DOE announced that it will transition EAGLE-I to a new infrastructure platform at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), taking advantage of the laboratory’s world-class capabilities and expertise in energy infrastructure assurance and urban resilience utilizing geospatial data and analysis architectures, and scalable performance computing environments. EAGLE-I (Environment for Analysis of Geo-Located Energy Information) is a real time situational awareness tool for the Nation’s energy infrastructure was developed by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s (OE) Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) division. EAGLE-I provides capabilities for monitoring energy infrastructure assets, reporting energy outages, displaying potential threats to energy infrastructure, and coordinating emergency response and recovery.

September 21, 2016
New transmission rule aims to improve permitting process, reduce conflicts and lead to better quality projects. | Energy Department photo
Improving the Transmission Permitting Process to Strengthen our Nation’s Grid

Learn what the Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process is and why its important.

August 25, 2016
OE Announces Investment in New Research to Address Risk and Uncertainty in the Grid

Today, as part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a reliable and resilient power grid, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is investing nearly $1.8 million in fundamental research to address the risk and uncertainty of the power system. This support will allow academic institutions in California, Iowa, New York, and Texas to perform research in one or more of three areas that are changing the electricity markets:  wholesale market operations, transmission system design, and demand-side participation.

August 5, 2016
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department

We separate fact from fiction in the new Netflix series "Stranger Things."