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June 14, 2012
NARUC Releases Cybersecurity Primer for Utility Regulators (June 2012)

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has released “Cybersecurity for State Regulators,” a primer that explains conceptual cybersecurity basics and points to additional resources that can help regulators develop internal cybersecurity expertise, ask questions of their utilities, engage in partnerships with the public and private sector to develop and implement cost-effective cybersecurity, and begin to explore the integrity of their internal cybersecurity practices.

June 12, 2012
2012 Peer Reviews in June and July

The Department of Energy will hold peer reviews for the Real Time Reliability Management program and the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) program this summer. Peer reviews are an opportunity for energy sector stakeholders to hear updates on ongoing and upcoming projects, provide feedback to program managers, and network with experts from industry, academia, and national laboratories.

May 31, 2012
DOE Releases Maturity Model to Better Protect the Nation’s Grid from Cybersecurity Threats

The Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model, which allows electric utilities and grid operators to assess their cybersecurity capabilities and prioritize their actions and investments to improve cybersecurity, combines elements from existing cybersecurity efforts into a common tool that can be used consistently across the industry. The Maturity Model was developed as part of a White House initiative led by the Department of Energy in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and involved close collaboration with industry, other Federal agencies, and other stakeholders.

May 23, 2012
DOE Releases Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP) Guideline

DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), has released guidance to help utilities better understand their cybersecurity risks, assess severity, and allocate resources more efficiently to manage those risks. The Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP) guideline, which provides a flexible approach to managing cybersecurity risks across all levels of the organization, was developed by a public-private sector team that was led by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and included representatives from across the industry.

May 23, 2012
DOE Issues Funding Opportunity for Advanced Computational and Modeling Research for the Electric Power System

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to leverage scientific advancements in mathematics and computation for application to power system models and software tools, with the long-term goal of enabling real-time protection and control based on wide-area sensor measurements.

May 22, 2012
DOE Announces Nearly $3.2 Million to Help Consumers Better Manage Their Energy Consumption

Smart Grid Data Access Awards Will Demonstrate How Consumers and Communities Can Benefit from Better Energy Information

May 10, 2012
Smart Grid R&D Program Peer Review June 7-8, 2012

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will hold its bi-annual peer review of the Smart Grid Research and Development Program on June 7-8, 2012. More than 30 projects will be presented at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center. A draft agenda and online registration are available.

May 9, 2012
Assistant Secretary Hoffman Speaks to House Subcommittee on DOE's Federal Power Act Authority

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on May 9, 2012 to speak about the Department of Energy's emergency authority under section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act and the proposed legislation intended to address the use of this authority and potential conflicts with other Federal, state and local laws and regulations.

May 1, 2012
Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions Year-in-Review 2011 Available (April 2012)

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions Year-in-Review: 2011. This publication provides a summary of significant energy disruptions and infrastructure changes that occurred in the United States throughout 2011. The 2011 YIR is based primarily on information reported in the Energy Assurance Daily (EAD) between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

April 30, 2012
Assistant Secretary Hoffman Speaks to Senate Committee on DOE's Role in Managing Electrical Outages

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on April 26, 2012 to speak about the Department of Energy's role in managing weather related electrical outages.