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February 2, 2015
FY 2016 Budget Request Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s FY 2016 Budget Request is now available. The FY 2016 request reflects the Administration’s priority on modernizing the electric grid and boosting the resilience of infrastructure.

January 12, 2015
"Data Privacy and the Smart Grid: A Voluntary Code of Conduct" Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force have facilitated a multi-stakeholder process to develop a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for utilities and third parties that addresses privacy related to data enabled by smart grid technologies. The final Data Privacy and the Smart Grid: A Voluntary Code of Conduct is now available for downloading.

January 8, 2015
January 14 ESTAP Webinar: DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. ET, Clean Energy States Alliance will host a webinar on the OE strategic plan that provides a roadmap for grid energy storage safety, released in December 2014 (link to blog). OE's Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, will present an overview of the strategic plan. Other speakers from Sandia, the National Fire Protection Agency, and PNNL will also present. Registration is required for this free webinar.

December 23, 2014
Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has worked with industry and other stakeholders to develop the Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan, a roadmap for grid energy storage safety that highlights safety validation techniques, incident preparedness, safety codes, standards, and regulations. The Plan also makes recommendations for near- and long-term actions.

December 18, 2014
Now Available: Evaluating Electric Vehicle Charging Impacts and Customer Charging Behaviors - Experiences from Six SGIG Projects (December 2014)

Under OE's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program, six utilities evaluated operations and customer charging behaviors for in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations. The report is now available for downloading.

December 12, 2014
“Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” Report Now Available

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and the GridWise Alliance (GWA) partnered to facilitate a series of four regional workshops and a National Summit entitled “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” to create an industry-driven vision of the electric grid in 2030 and to begin forging a path to realizing that vision. The resulting “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” report captures the vision of the future electric grid and the associated potential changes in the utility business and regulatory models, as articulated by regional workshop and National Summit participants.

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.