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September 21, 2016
New transmission rule aims to improve permitting process, reduce conflicts and lead to better quality projects. | Energy Department photo
Improving the Transmission Permitting Process to Strengthen our Nation’s Grid

Learn what the Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process is and why its important.

August 25, 2016
OE Announces Investment in New Research to Address Risk and Uncertainty in the Grid

Today, as part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a reliable and resilient power grid, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is investing nearly $1.8 million in fundamental research to address the risk and uncertainty of the power system. This support will allow academic institutions in California, Iowa, New York, and Texas to perform research in one or more of three areas that are changing the electricity markets:  wholesale market operations, transmission system design, and demand-side participation.

August 5, 2016
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department

We separate fact from fiction in the new Netflix series "Stranger Things."

July 18, 2016
Understanding Risks Associated with Electromagnetic Pulses

DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) has long focused on research, preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to potential threats to the nation’s critical energy infrastructure from severe weather, cyber, and physical attacks, and electromagnetic pulses.

June 8, 2016
Promoting Innovation for the Design of More Flexible Large Power Transformers

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability today announced up to $1.5 million in funding to encourage innovative designs that will promote greater standardization of large power transformers (LPTs). The “Next Generation Transformers – Flexible Designs” funding opportunity announcement is intended to stimulate new designs for LPTs that are more flexible and adaptable to facilitate transformer sharing and long-term replacement in the event of catastrophic failures, thereby increasing grid resilience.

June 7, 2016
As the electric grid becomes smarter, it also becomes more vulnerable to hackers. | Creative Commons.
To Protect the Grid from Hackers, You Need to Break It

With a growing risk of cyber attacks from hackers, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory built a test bed to experiment with cybersecurity tools for the nation’s electric grid.

May 5, 2016
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, LBNL Staff Scientist Michael Stadler, and Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman at the May 4, 2016 ceremony honoring this year's 13 PECASE winners funded by the Energy Department. | Photo courtesy of DOE's Office of Science
Recognizing Innovation at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Michael Stadler, PECASE Winner

I had the pleasure of participating in a ceremony this week honoring this year’s 13 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winners funded by the Energy Department. The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are early in their independent research careers.

March 22, 2016
Increasing Reliability of the Nation’s Power Grid through Greater Visibility

DOE’s Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Adam Cohen today announced new funding that will build on recent progress in giving system operators greater visibility into the health of the nation’s electric grid through the use of advanced devices called synchrophasors. Also known as phasor measurement units (PMUs), synchrophasors monitor the grid at a rate 100 times faster than existing systems, allowing operators to manage their systems more efficiently, integrate new generation sources, and improve reliability.

March 17, 2016
Dr. Imre Gyuk -- pictured speaking at a Green Mountain Power energy storage event -- was recently recognized for his game-changing work in energy storage. | Photo courtesy of the Clean Energy States Alliance.
10 Questions with Energy Storage Expert Imre Gyuk

Dr. Imre Gyuk, recently awarded the NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Energy Storage, talks about what energy storage is, how the energy storage field has changed in the last 10 years and where it's headed.

February 19, 2016
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and NASEO Executive Director David Terry at the February 10, 2016 signing of the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators Agreement. | Photo Courtesy of NASEO.
DOE and State Organizations Update Important Agreement on Coordinating a Unified Response to Energy Emergencies

Secretary Moniz last week signed an updated Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators (EEAC) Agreement with the National Association of State Energy Officials, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, National Governors Association, and the National Emergency Management Association. Updating the EEAC Agreement is a critical step in helping the Federal Government and States work together to provide a unified response to energy emergencies.

The updated EEAC Agreement lays out concrete items to improve our collective ability to share information, which is essential for making sound response and restoration decisions during emergencies.