In the face of extreme weather events, states, utilities, and other companies are increasingly seeking ways to boost resiliency while reducing their carbon footprint. The Emissions Quantification Tool (EQT), which was conceived of and sponsored by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and implemented by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with active engagement from the utility and energy industry, quantifies the direct emissions impacts – positive and negative – of specific planned or installed smart grid projects. The free, web-based calculator aims to estimate the impact of NOx, SO2 and CO2 emissions on smart grid infrastructure investments, taking into account specific context and project details with a broadly applicable methodology.
On July 19, 2016, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Sensor and Modeling Approaches for Enhanced Observability and Controllability of Power Systems with Distributed Energy Resources.” The Notice of Intent includes a request for potential applicants to provide feedback to a series of questions intended to refine the specific functional and technology applications within each of the anticipated FOA’s Topic Areas, along with their associated performance targets. The deadline for submitting responses to the NOI is August 10, 2016.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a peer review of its Reliability & Markets Program on June 9-10, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Materials from the peer review, including the agenda and presentations, are now available for download. The Reliability and Markets activity of OE’s Transmission Reliability Program researches, develops, and implements infrastructure to ensure electric reliability while improving the efficiency and economics of market operations.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released its Year-in-Review: 2015 Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions report. This report, which provides a summary of significant energy disruptions and infrastructure changes that occurred in the United States in 2015, is based primarily on information reported in the Energy Assurance Daily.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Storage Systems Program, through the support of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and in collaboration with many stakeholders and interested parties, developed and published a protocol (i.e., pre-standard) for measuring and expressing the performance characteristics for energy storage systems (ESS) in 2012. The protocol has served as the basis for formal standards being developed by U.S. standards development organizations (SDO) and international standards through the International Electrotechnical Commission.
Tomorrow is National PrepareAthon! Day, an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. The goals of the campaign are to help people understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning.