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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.

February 12, 2013
DOE Convenes Multi-stakeholder Process to Address Privacy for Data Enabled by Smart Grid Technologies

DOE's Office of Electricy Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) issued a notice of an open meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET) of the smart grid data privacy multi-stakeholder process concerning the development of a Voluntary Code of Conduct for utility and third parties providing consumer energy use services.

February 11, 2013
DOE Issues Funding Opportunity for Innovations to Increase Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Innovation for Increasing Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems, on February 8. The announcement is seeking applications to conduct research, development and demonstrations leading to next generation tools and technologies that will become widely adopted to enhance and accelerate deployment of cybersecurity capabilities for the U.S energy infrastructure, including cyber secure integration of smart grid technologies.

January 29, 2013
Reports on the Impact of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program Now Available

The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released four reports on the impact of the Recovery Act-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program.  Under the SGIG Program, investor-owned and municipal utilities, transmission operators, and electric co-ops across the U.S. are deploying a range of smart technologies and systems designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resilience. 

January 28, 2013
OE Updates Organizational Structure to Operate More Strategically and Efficiently

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) reorganizes to become more nimble, strategic, and innovative in an increasingly complex and rapidly-changing environment.