The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new report that explains synchrophasor technologies and how they can be used to improve the efficiency, reliability, and resiliency of grid operations.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $4.5 billion for the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG), Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP), and other DOE smart grid programs. These programs provided grants to the electric utility industry to deploy smart grid technologies to modernize the nation’s electric grid. As a part of these programs, independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and electric utilities installed synchrophasor and supporting technologies and systems in their electric power transmission systems.
Ten years ago today, large portions of the Midwest and Northeast United States and into Canada went dark. The cascading event, which started shortly after 4:00 PM on August 14, 2003, ended up affecting an estimated 50 million people. For some customers, power was not restored for nearly four days. The Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada jointly commissioned a task force that examined the underlying causes of the blackout and recommended forty-six actions to enhance the reliability of the North American power system. A number of the recommendations were incorporated into law passed by Congress and enacted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Infrastructure Security Act of 2007.
Under the Recovery Act, the Energy Department awarded $3.5 billion in funds to the electricity industry, including OG&E, to help catalyze the adoption of smart grid tools, technologies and techniques such as demand response that are designed to increase the electric grid’s flexibility, reliability, efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. Understanding lessons learned from these projects is vital.