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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.

September 23, 2015
Image courtesy of NOAA
Quantifying Risks to the Electricity System from the Sun

Nuclear reactions of the sun create light and heat and, from time to time, the sun ejects a mass of charged particles racing through space called a Coronal Mass Ejection (also known as a solar flare). When that mass reaches the earth, it reacts with the earth’s magnetic field, sending charged particles swirling around the planet. Some of the results are spectacular, including the Northern Lights. 

September 11, 2015
Welcome Meghan Conklin

It is my pleasure to announce that Meghan Conklin has joined the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the National Electricity Delivery Division. Meghan has extensive experience in energy, environmental, and natural resources policy and government affairs from her work in Federal government and on Capitol Hill.

September 10, 2015
The Current State of Energy Technology

The Department of Energy releases the second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), exploring the current state of technologies and R&D in key energy sectors.

September 10, 2015
Moving Towards a More Reliable Clean Energy Future in the Pacific Northwest

The $178-million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which received $89 million in Recovery Act funding through the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, covered five states and involved 11 utilities, two universities, and many technology providers. The broad range of technologies deployed included advanced metering infrastructure; voltage control; fault detection, isolation and restoration systems; peak load reduction; energy storage battery systems; and microgrids. The project also implemented one of the world’s first transactive coordination systems – a strategy in which both supply and demand communicate and negotiate the cost and quantity of electrical energy that will be supplied and consumed. The project’s ultimate goal was to improve reliability, optimize energy management, and achieve energy efficiency.