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April 2, 2012
April 2012 ARRA Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin Available

The Department released the April 2012 issue of the ARRA Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin (EAPB). The ARRA EAPB is issued quarterly to provide information on energy assurance planning resources, upcoming events, training opportunities, and important grant deliverable dates. This is the tenth issue of the EAP Bulletin; previous issues are available for download.

March 15, 2012
April 2012 PSERC Webinars: Issues in Designing the Future Grid

The Department has funded an effort at the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) to investigate the requirements of an electric grid with high penetrations of sustainable energy systems and heavy reliance on cyber systems for sensing and communication. The goal of the effort is to stimulate discussion among the academic, industry, and government communities on what it will take to shape the future grid for the mid-21st Century.

March 7, 2012
Sandia Researchers Develop Promising Chemical Technology for Energy Storage

DOE-funded researchers have developed new chemical technology that could lead to batteries able to cost-effectively store three times more energy than today's batteries.

March 1, 2012
New Draft of Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP) Guideline Now Available for Public Comment (March 2012)

The Department of Energy, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, has released the second draft of the Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP) Guideline for public comment.

February 29, 2012
OE Contributors Named IEEE Fellows

Dr. Ram Adapa, technical leader for transmission systems, and Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery & Utilization for EPRI were name IEEE Fellows in recognition of their contributions to IEEE fields of interest.

February 27, 2012
DOE Seeking Information on Transmission Line Permitting

The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is seeking information on the questions related to permitting of transmission lines. Infrastructure projects — such as high voltage, long distance, electric transmission facilities — often involve multiple Federal, State, local, and Tribal authorizations and are subject to a wide array of processes and procedural requirements in order to obtain all necessary permits and other authorizations.

February 25, 2012
#STEM: Join Assistant Secretary Hoffman for a Women in STEM Tweetup March 22

Leaders from the Department of Energy, joined by representatives from across the Federal Government, will host a conversation about women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) on Twitter on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm EDT.

February 24, 2012
2010 Smart Grid System Report Available (February 2012)

The Department of Energy has submitted the 2010 Smart Grid System Report in response to Section 1302 of Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which directs the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress concerning the status of smart grid deployments nationwide and any regulatory or government barriers to continued deployment. This is the second installment of this report to Congress.

February 17, 2012
Electricity Advisory Committee Meeting March 5-6, 2012

The next meeting of the Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee will be held on Monday and Tuesday, March 5 and 6, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. A draft agenda is available; the final agenda and additional materials from will be posted after the meeting.

February 3, 2012
DOE Offers Technical Assistance on EPA Rules Implementation to States and the Utility Industry

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering technical assistance to state public utility commissioners, generation owner/operators, and utilities on implementing the new and pending EPA air rules affecting the electric utility industry.