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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.

April 17, 2012
ARRA Program Celebrates Milestone 600,000 Smart Meter Installations

On April 11, 2012, DOE Recovery Act funding recipient Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) celebrated a major milestone in the development of a regional smart grid in California: the installation of over 600,000 smart meters.

April 12, 2012
OE Releases Second Issue of Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (April 2012)

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has released the second issue of the Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (EEPQ), designed to briefly highlight a few of the energy preparedness activities that occur each quarter.

April 6, 2012
OE's SGIG Program Featured in International Publication

An article in the March 2012 issue of the quarterly publication Metering International focuses on DOE's Smart Grid Investment Grant program, highlighting how the program is improving the reliability and resiliency of the US electric grid. The article examines the need to protect the grid and the benefits of modernization, including reduced demand, increased capacity, and faster recovery. OE's Debbie Haught, who oversees the SGIG program, and Joseph Palladino, who leads the analysis of the program, authored the piece. Metering International provides information on trends and developments in the industry.

April 5, 2012
Energy Department’s First-Ever “Apps for Energy” Competition Begins Today

Developers Will Compete to Create Apps Using Energy Data From Utilities to Help Consumers Reduce Energy Costs, Consumption

April 3, 2012
Comments on RFI on Permitting of Transmission Lines Available

The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability released a Federal Register Notice seeking information on questions related to permitting of transmission lines. The Request for Information focused on making the development times for generation and transmission more commensurate with one another. Public comments received are now available for review and downloading.

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. PSERC is offering a free, public webinar series that began in January and runs through May 2012 entitled “Issues in Designing the Future Grid.” The webinars will focus on the information hierarchy for the future grid and grid enablers of sustainable energy systems.

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.