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February 10, 2016
FY 2017 Budget Request Now Available

The FY 2017 request for OE advances Administration and Secretarial priorities to safeguard and enhance the grid to address a range of vulnerabilities, including climate change, cyber threats, and aging infrastructure. The request plays a pivotal role in supporting the President’s “All of the Above” energy strategy to advance the Nation’s energy, economic, security, and environmental goals: securing the Nation’s grid, ensuring reliable and efficient electricity, promoting and preparing resilient communities, and driving the clean energy revolution.

February 2, 2016
OE Announces Publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process (IIP)

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability has built upon its ongoing effort to reflect the Obama Administration’s commitment to improving the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system by announcing the publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process (IIP) on electric grid transmission.

January 29, 2016
Public Hearings on Northern Pass Draft EIS Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced public hearings to receive comments on the Draft EIS (DOE/EIS–0463). The Draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of DOE’s proposed Federal action of issuing a Presidential permit to Northern Pass LLC (the Applicant) to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a new electric transmission line across the U.S./Canada border in northern New Hampshire.

For the convenience of the public, DOE in conjunction with the New Hampshire SEC will conduct public hearings to provide the public with information on the proposed project and an opportunity for the public to provide oral and written comments and to ask questions concerning the project on March 7 and March 10, 2016.

January 25, 2016
February 16 PSERC Webinar: Protection and Control of Systems with Converter Interfaced Generation

The DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar presenting the challenges of the protection of converter interfaced generation and associate circuits and components. The webinar will discuss these issues, and present the Estimation Based Protection (EBP) method, the integration of the method with the inverter controls and supplementary controls for the purpose of increasing the reliability of these systems.

January 14, 2016
CABINET IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

In the days immediately following the State of the Union, Cabinet officials are embarking on the “State of the Union: Cabinet In Your Community” road tour to engage Americans in small towns, big cities and Indian country about the advancements the Administration has made on the most important issues facing the American people, as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Secretary Moniz headed down to Florida to talk about Grid Modernization. Learn more about our nation's electric grid in this fact sheet.

January 14, 2016
Grid Modernization Initiative releases multi-year plan and awards funding for groundbreaking DOE-wide Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
DOE Announces $220 Million in Grid Modernization Funding

Grid Modernization Initiative Releases Multi-Year Plan and Awards Funding for Groundbreaking DOE-Wide Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium

November 13, 2015
"Bridging the Gaps on Prepaid Utility Service” Report Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a report entitled “Bridging the Gaps on Prepaid Utility Service” that examines utilities’ and consumers’ experiences with prepay which is an alternative payment option in which consumers buy a dollar amount of electricity, and utilities deduct energy usage from that balance as it is used. Strong growth of prepay is being driven by key technology and consumer shifts, including the rollout of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and other smart grid technologies, the emergence of the empowered consumer, rising consumer interest in energy conservation, and the increased use of prepay options for other services. Some of the projects examined in the report were part of the Recovery Act-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program. Under the SGIG program, DOE and the electricity industry jointly invested $8 billion in 99 cost-shared projects involving more than 200 electric utilities and other organizations.

November 13, 2015
November 17 PSERC Webinar: Meeting PMU Data Quality Requirements for Mission Critical Applications

The DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar presenting research activities related to development of a PMU performance analyzer (PPA) tool for in-lab and remove, in-field testing; and data mining approaches for data cleansing and for analyzing impacts of data quality on PMU applications. The talk will include a discussion of a real-time wide area monitoring and control test bed that will support the testing and validation of PMU's and PMU-based applications.

October 22, 2015
EISPC White Paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear Power Plants” Now Available

The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Collaborative (EISPC) has released a white paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear Power Plants” that examines operational, economic, and policy pressure points affecting pressures on the nation’s existing fleet of nuclear generating stations, and suggests options for states concerned about near-term retirement.  Authored by the National

October 20, 2015
Assessment of Heating Fuels and Electricity Markets During the Winters of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Now Available

Cold weather that blanketed much of the Eastern United States in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 exhibited unique characteristics that prompted different — but related — challenges across heating fuels and electricity markets.