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January 3, 2012
January 2012 ARRA Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin Available

The Department released the January 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 ninth issue of the EAP Bulletin; previous issues are available for download.

December 21, 2011
Energy Department Awards Nearly $7 Million for Research to Reduce Costs of Electric Vehicle Chargers

Improved Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Will Help Make Better Use of the Electric Grid

November 30, 2011
Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman Addresses 2011 FERC Reliability Technical Conference

Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman today addressed the 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission technical conference in Washington, D.C. In remarks prepared for delivery, Assistant Secretary Hoffman discussed recent evaluations of proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and the impact those rules could be expected to have on our nation’s electrical grid.

November 29, 2011
ORNL's Amit Goyal wins E.O. Lawrence Award

Dr. Amit Goyal, a high temperature superconductivity (HTS) researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named a winner of the Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award honoring U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions in research and development supporting DOE and its mission.

November 27, 2011
2012 Congestion Study Workshops to be Held in December; Agendas Now Available

The Department is initiating preparations for development of the 2012 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study. The Department is seeking comments on what publicly-available data and analysis should be used to identify and understand the significance and character of transmission congestion.

November 10, 2011
Federal Register Notice: Plan for Conduct of 2012 Electric Transmission Congestion Study

The Department has issued a Federal Register Notice initiating preparations for development of the 2012 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study. The Department is seeking comments on what publicly-available data and information should be considered, and what types of analysis should be performed to identify and understand the significance and character of transmission congestion. DOE will host four regional pre-study workshops in early December 2011 to receive input and suggestions concerning the study.

November 9, 2011
DOE Live Video Presentation: Smart Grid Development in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Brookhaven National Laboratory are conducting a free, online presentation on smart grid development in the U.S, Thursday, Dec. 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will give audiences an opportunity to interact with leading smart grid expert Dan T. Ton, program manager in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, who oversees smart grid research and development within the U.S.  

November 8, 2011
Department of Energy Announces Funding to Help Consumers Better Manage Their Energy Consumption

New Funding Opportunity Provides More Knowledge to Consumers about their Energy Use; Could Lead to Lower Energy Bills for Consumers

November 1, 2011
New Electricity Advisory Committee Reports Delivered to the Department of Energy

The Electricity Advisory Committee approved three new reports at their meeting on October 20, 2011.  These reports include recommendations on cyber security, storage, and the interdependence of electricity and natural gas.

Recommendations on U. S. Grid Security

October 11, 2011
DOE and FERC Joint Public Statement on Back Stop Siting

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today his decision that the Department of Energy will work more closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in reviewing proposed electric transmission projects under section 216 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as an alternative to delegating additional authority to FERC.