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.
The Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Members of the public are invited on a first come, first served basis (depending on the availability of meeting room space).
The 2014 Smart Grid System Report, which is intended to provide an update on the status of smart grid deployment nationwide, technological developments, and barriers that may affect the continued adoption of the technology, is now available for downloading.
On Friday, August 22, 2014 from 1 - 2 p.m. ET, Clean Energy State Alliance will host a webinar to discuss a project to build a solar plus storage microgrid located in Rutland, Vermont. OE is partnering with the State of Vermont Public Service, Green Mountain Power, and Dynapower on a resilience microgrid that will combine 2.5 MW of solar generation with 4MW of energy storage. Webinar speakers include OE's Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager. The event is free but registration is required.
The Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Public Comment in the Federal Register, inviting the public to comment on the draft National Electric Transmission Congestion Study. The draft study is now available for review and downloading at http://www.energy.gov/node/942311. The public comment period will close on October 20, 2014. After reviewing and considering comments on the draft study, the Department will prepare and release a final version of the study.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts in the United States of the proposed action to issue a Presidential permit to the Applicant, Champlain Hudson Power Express, Inc. (CHPEI), and the range of reasonable alternatives.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has released Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (EEPQ), designed to briefly highlight a few of the energy preparedness activities that occur each quarter.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability held a peer review of the Smart Grid R&D Program on June 11-12, 2014 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The meeting was held to conduct an external review of technical R&D projects funded by the Smart Grid R&D Program; the review results will be used to help guide the projects in meeting clearly defined criteria, as well as to help support program planning and portfolio management.