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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.