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The Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

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Photo Credit: FERC

The final date to submit public comments on the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review is October 10, 2014.  Click Here to view the Federal Register Notice regarding this deadline.

Background

Affordable, clean, and secure energy and energy services are essential for improving U.S. economic productivity, enhancing our quality of life, protecting our environment, and ensuring our Nation's security. To help the federal government meet these energy goals, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on January 9 directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As described in the President’s Climate Action Plan, this first-ever review will focus on energy infrastructure and will identify the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions. The Presidential Memorandum created an interagency task force co-chaired by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. The Department of Energy will help coordinate interagency activities and provide policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement.

The First QER Report:  Energy Transmission, Storage and Distribution

The QER will provide a multiyear roadmap that outlines Federal energy policy objectives, legislative proposals to Congress, Executive actions, an agenda for RD&D programs and funding, and financing and incentive programs. The first installment of the QER will focus on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure (TS&D), the network that links energy supplies to intermediate and end users. The enormous investments in TS&D infrastructure influence supply and end use patterns, policies, investments and practices over the course of decades. Once built, the TS&D infrastructure is relatively inflexible and therefore becomes to some extent deterministic of supply and end uses.  For all energy infrastructure, the QER analyses will consider the impacts of transformations in energy supply, markets, and patterns of end use; issues of aging and capacity; impacts of climate change; cyber and physical threats; and vulnerabilities related to growing interdependencies of energy systems with water, telecommunications, transportation, and emergency response systems. For more information, download a copy of the slideshow Quadrennial Energy Review: Scope, Goals, Vision, Approach, Outreach

Stakeholder Involvement

Achieving the goals of the QER will require active engagement of external stakeholders, from state and local governments, tribes, large and small businesses, to universities, national laboratories, nongovernmental and labor organizations, and other interested parties. DOE will host stakeholder engagement meetings across the country to gather public input for the QER.  Expert panelists will speak on specific energy infrastructure issues.  Each session will allow time for remarks from the public. A transcript of each meeting and public comments will be posted on this website. Interested parties may also submit comments through this website by sending an email to qercomments@hq.doe.gov.

DOE will host the stakeholder engagement meetings listed below. DOE will announce the dates and locations of the meetings in the Federal Register and on this website as soon as they are confirmed.

  • Finance and Market Incentives: New York, NY
  • Final Meeting: Washington, DC

Regarding Public Comments

The entirety of all comments received in response to the Quadrennial Energy Review are publicly available. Any personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses, and email addresses, that may be included in a comment will automatically be made available to the public. Individual commenters may request that the Department withhold their personally identifiable information from public disclosure, and such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law. If you wish for the Department to withhold your name and/or other personally identifiable information, please state this prominently at the beginning of your comment or check the appropriate box on the comment form. Additionally, the Department will accept comments submitted anonymously.