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December 8, 2014
Now Available: Smart Grid Investments Improve Grid Reliability, Resilience, and Storm Responses (November 2014)

A new report from OE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program presents findings on smart grid improvements in outage management, based on the recent experiences of three SGIG projects.

December 8, 2014
Summary and Presentations from “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies” Workshop Now Available

Beginning on September 30, 2014, the Department of Energy hosted a two-day workshop on “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies” in Washington DC. The purpose of the workshop was to foster discussion about the analytic challenges associated with valuing the diverse impacts of deploying distributed energy technologies. Many valuation studies have been published in recent years, using different methods and assumptions.

December 5, 2014
Energy Department Announces Funding to Improve Grid Resiliency and Climate Preparedness

The Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability announced that it is making up to $3.5 million in funding available for communities to deploy smart grid tools and technologies to advance climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure. This Funding Opportunity supports the goals of other initiatives by the Administration to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by providing funding to local and tribal governments.

November 20, 2014
SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

November 20, 2014
December 11 Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

November 17, 2014
Energy Department Launches Mobile App for Energy Emergencies

Today, the Department of Energy launched a mobile app called Lantern Live that helps consumers quickly find and share critical information about nearby gas stations and power outages during energy emergencies. The app builds on the Obama Administration’s commitment to improve national energy preparedness in the face of extreme weather and other events that can result in power disruptions.

November 5, 2014
November 18 PSERC Webinar: Quantifying and Mitigating the Impacts of PV in Distribution Systems

The DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar presenting a simulation-based investigation of PV impacts on distribution systems and discussing a new approach for volt-VAR optimization with reactive power capabilities of PV inverters.

November 3, 2014
Technology Transfer Webinar on November 12: High-Performance Hybrid Simulation/Measurement-Based Tools for Proactive Operator Decision-Support

DOE/OE and EPRI will host a technology transfer webinar on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from noon to 2 p.m. (ET). The purpose of this open webinar is to disseminate results and outcomes of the recently completed project “High-Performance Hybrid Simulation/Measurement-Based Tools for Proactive Operator Decision-Support,” which is one of the awarded projects of the DOE Advanced Modeling Grid Research Program.

October 29, 2014
Energy Department Announces New Lab Program to Accelerate Commercialization of Clean Energy Technologies

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Energy launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE’s National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace

October 29, 2014
October 29 ESTAP Webinar: Flow Battery Basics (Part 2)

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET, Clean Energy State Alliance will host the second in a series of webinars on flow batteries. OE's Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, will present an introduction to flow battery technology, and Dan Borneo of Sandia National Laboratories will discuss flow battery testing and technological readiness.