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February 3, 2016

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.

November 2, 2015
Visualizing Energy Infrastructure Exposure to Storm Surge and Sea-Level Rise

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) recently released an innovative, interactive visualization tool to highlight the findings from our work on the effect of sea level rise and storm surge on energy infrastructure. The tool is designed to enhance the communication of the results and allows users to better understand the context of the potential exposure and explore spatial data used to create the maps. The tool also includes full reports for each of the seven metropolitan statistical areas (MSA).

October 29, 2015
Innovation in Improving Visibility into the Health of the Grid

I have previously written about synchrophasors. These are systems that measure the status of the electric power grid at high resolution and enable a wide range of applications that allow operators to manage their systems more efficiently, integrate new generation sources, and improve reliability. Synchrophasor technology monitors the grid at a rate 100 times faster than existing systems and is a core component of a modernized grid.

The Department of Energy is working in partnership with industry members to advance and accelerate the use of this technology. Since 1995, the Department has sponsored R&D in Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) and synchrophasor applications

October 5, 2015
Recovery Act Investment Wraps Up, Delivering Major Benefits to the Nation

The more than 330 Recovery Act-funded projects that the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has been managing over the past five years have been successfully completed, with major improvements to the grid now in place across America. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Energy Department invested more than $31 billion in a wide range of projects nationwide. The DOE investment included $4.5 billion for modernization of the nation’s electric grid. With matching private funding from the electric sector, the investment in grid modernization totaled about $9.5 billion.

September 25, 2015
What is your plan for when the power goes out? We've got some preparedness tips. | Energy Department Photo.
Preparing for a Power Outage

If the power goes out, will you be ready? We've got some preparedness tips to make sure you are.

September 24, 2015
September Is National Preparedness Month

This is National Preparedness Month, when we as a Nation take time to create plans to stay safe for any disaster that could potentially affect our communities. This year’s theme is “Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” During this week’s Power Outage Week, please take time to plan and practice your response so that you know what to do to be safe if the power goes out.