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April 10, 2013
FY 2014 Budget Request Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s (OE) FY 2014 budget request represents an increased investment in the continued commitment to help keep America's energy flowing, promote economic prosperity, and move the nation closer to a cleaner and more secure energy future. Highlights of OE’s FY2014 budget request, and Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman’s presentation on the budget request are also available online.

April 9, 2013
May 2013 PSERC Webinar: Managing Wind Variability with Self-Reserves and Responsive Demand

The DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar on managing wind variability in energy production. The webinar will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary.

March 29, 2013
Making STEM Personal

Occupations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are among the fastest growing fields, offering well-paying opportunities to better explore, understand, and improve the world. To celebrate Women’s History Month, DOE recently introduced an online Women @ Energy series that profiles DOE women involved in STEM., Included in the Women @ Energy series are OE’s Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman and Carol Hawk who manages the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Program.

March 28, 2013
Insurance as a Risk Management Instrument for Energy Infrastructure Security and Resilience Report Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a report that examines the key risks confronting critical energy infrastructure and ways in which the insurance industry can help manage these risks. In most developed countries, insurance is one of the principal risk management instruments for aiding in recovery after a disaster and for encouraging future investments that are more resilient to potential hazards.

March 19, 2013
First-Ever Demonstration of Quantum Cryptography to Improve Security of the Electric Grid

A Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) team has successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography. The demonstration was conducted in the test bed that is part of the OE-funded Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

March 5, 2013
EAC Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

This week's Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) meeting has been cancelled due to a strong winter storm which is predicted to impact the Washington DC area on Wednesday. Originally scheduled to be held March 6 and March 7 in Arlington, Virginia, the EAC meeting may possibly be rescheduled for a later date. If the meeting is rescheduled, details will be posted online and will be published in a new Federal Register notice.

March 4, 2013
DOE Response to 2012 EAC Recommendations Available

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman submitted a memo to the Electricity Advisory Committee providing DOE’s response to six recommendation documents approved at the October 2012 EAC meeting.

February 21, 2013
Energy Department Announces $20 Million for New Tools and Technology to Strengthen Energy Sector Cybersecurity Protections

Industry to Test Effectiveness of Developed Tools Under Cyber Threat Scenarios

February 21, 2013
DOE Grid Tech Team Issues Request for Public Comments on Workshop Summaries

DOE's Grid Tech Team issued a notice of availability and request for comments on the Electrical Grid Integration Technical Workshop summaries. Public comments on summaries from the distribution system and transmission system workshops will be accepted until March 25, 2013.

February 20, 2013
March & April 2013 PSERC Webinars on the Future Grid Initiative

The Department has funded an effort at the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) entitled The Future Grid to Enable Sustainable Energy Systems. The initiative investigates the requirements of an electric grid with high penetrations of sustainable energy systems and heavy reliance on cyber systems for sensing and communication.

PSERC is offering a free, public webinar series to present progress reports from the Future Grid Initiative. March and April topics have been announced.