On November 4, 2014, the DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar presenting the challenges and opportunities associated with dynamic distribution system architecture.
Four documents approved at the September 2014 meeting by the Electricity Advisory Committee and delivered to the Department of Energy are now available for downloading. The mission of the Electricity Advisory Committee is to provide advice to DOE in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, executing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and modernizing the nation's electricity delivery infrastructure.
An article by OE’s Carol Hawk and Akhlesh Kaushiva in The Electricity Journal discusses cybersecurity for the power grid and how DOE and the energy sector are partnering to keep the smart grid reliable and secure.
OE’s Transmission Reliability program is conducting R&D projects on “Load as a Resource” (LaaR) that explore how various types of customer loads could be turned on and off for short periods of time to provide services normally performed by generators. A program peer review was held on September 16, 2014. Materials including the agenda and presentations are now available.
Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR) for utility, commercial, and industrial customers. The case study is now available for downloading.
Idaho Power Company (IPC) has developed a Renewables Integration Tool (RIT) that enables grid operators to use wind energy more cost-effectively to serve electricity customers in Idaho and Oregon. The case study on this project is now available.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an Agency Information Collection Extension in the Federal Register, notifying the public of an information collection extension and requesting public comments on the revised Form OE-417 "Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report" which is used to report electric emergency incidents and disturbances to DOE. The OE-417 reports enable the DOE to monitor electric emergency incidents and disturbances in the United States so that the Government may help prevent the physical or virtual disruption of the operation of any critical infrastructure.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Notice of Public Comment in the Federal Register, inviting the public to comment on DOE's Energy Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance. The document is available for a 30 day comment period.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Notice of Public Comment in the Federal Register, inviting the public to comment on DOE’s draft Voluntary Code of Conduct which addresses data privacy surrounding smart grid technologies. Comments must be received on or before October 14, 2014.
In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s commitment to improve national power grid resiliency, today the Energy Department announced more than $8 million for microgrid projects to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and other potential electricity disruptions. This investment – which includes seven awardees in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington – supports the development of advanced technologies, allowing communities across the country to become more resilient and adaptive.