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.
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.
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.
DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) has long focused on research, preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to potential threats to the nation’s critical energy infrastructure from severe weather, cyber, and physical attacks, and electromagnetic pulses.
As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability today announced up to $1.5 million in funding to encourage innovative designs that will promote greater standardization of large power transformers (LPTs). The “Next Generation Transformers – Flexible Designs” funding opportunity announcement is intended to stimulate new designs for LPTs that are more flexible and adaptable to facilitate transformer sharing and long-term replacement in the event of catastrophic failures, thereby increasing grid resilience.
I had the pleasure of participating in a ceremony this week honoring this year’s 13 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winners funded by the Energy Department. The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are early in their independent research careers.
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.