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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) recently changed its organizational structure to become more nimble, strategic, and innovative in an increasingly complex and rapidly-changing environment. The changes, which included creating a separate Smart Grid Investment Program division, adding an Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis division, and re-structuring two divisions, are designed to lead to a sharper focus on mission areas, improved decision-making, and greater operational efficiencies.

January 25, 2013
Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman to Deliver Keynote Address at IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman will give the keynote address at the 4th annual IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2013) on Monday, February 25. The conference, which will be held from February 24 through February 27 in Washington, DC, is a forum to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies. The event will feature tutorials, panel sessions and paper presentations by international experts.

January 16, 2013
PSERC Webinar Series on the Future Grid Initiative Begins January 22, 2013

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. Two webinars are currently scheduled on January 22, 2013 and February 5, 2013.

January 11, 2013
Article on the Grid Tech Team's Strategic Plan for Grid Modernization Now Available

A new article by OE’s Kerry Cheung, William Parks and Anjan Bose in IEEE’s Smart Grid newsletter describes the Department of Energy’s strategic plan to achieve a future electricity system that will be cost-effective, seamless from generation to end-use, and capable of meeting all clean energy demands and capacity requirements.

January 4, 2013
"A Regulator's Privacy Guide to Third-Party Data Access for Energy Efficiency" Now Available

The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network’s (SEE Action) Customer Information and Behavior Working Group has released “A Regulator’s Privacy Guide to Third-Party Data Access for Energy Efficiency.”  Funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the guide summarizes the range of approaches taken by states on privacy and security issues related to third-party access to customer data gathered under electric and gas ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs and