After nearly five years, the 131 smart grid projects funded through the 2009 Recovery Act are nearing completion and the results are significant. Smart grid applications are producing meaningful benefits for grid operators and customers alike
As part of our commitment to improve the resilience of our electric grid in the face of extreme weather events, OE has released findings of a pilot study that explores the feasibility of assessing the impacts of sea level rise on energy infrastructure. The goal of our study was to develop a method to identify energy facilities exposed to sea level rise (SLR) through 2100 that is flexible and scalable, uses existing and robust data sources, accounts for global and local sea level changes, and can incorporate results from regional studies.
The Department of Energy is participating in this month’s National Preparedness Month and America’s PrepareAthon! to promote nationwide, community-based actions that increase emergency preparedness. We encourage your involvement because effective preparedness to any emergency takes a community effort from the ground up.
With September being National Preparedness Month, I would like to highlight what the Department’s role is during an energy emergency and how we work closely to with our public and private partners. As the Sector-specific Agency for Energy, under the Department of Homeland Security’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan, DOE works closely with Federal, State and local governments, and industry to protect against and mitigate threats on the energy infrastructure, regardless of whether they are caused by natural disasters, deliberate attacks, or are the result of human error.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center, which provides important resources to describe the space environment, including geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms and radio blackouts, is forecasting the possibility of moderate-to-strong geomagnetic activity for Friday and Saturday. The source of the activity is a coronal mass ejection observed earlier this week. Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – also known as solar flares – create a large mass of charged solar energetic particles that escape from the sun’s corona and travel to the earth.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time when Americans are encouraged to become prepared for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters. Coordinated by FEMA in collaboration with Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations at all levels, the NPM campaign calls on employers, schools, churches and other kinds of organizations, as well as individuals and families, to get involved, get prepared and stay prepared. Because practicing what to do before a disaster will help you prepare to handle situations that could occur.