The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a report entitled “Bridging the Gaps on Prepaid Utility Service” that examines utilities’ and consumers’ experiences with prepay which is an alternative payment option in which consumers buy a dollar amount of electricity, and utilities deduct energy usage from that balance as it is used. Strong growth of prepay is being driven by key technology and consumer shifts, including the rollout of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and other smart grid technologies, the emergence of the empowered consumer, rising consumer interest in energy conservation, and the increased use of prepay options for other services. Some of the projects examined in the report were part of the Recovery Act-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program. Under the SGIG program, DOE and the electricity industry jointly invested $8 billion in 99 cost-shared projects involving more than 200 electric utilities and other organizations.
The DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar presenting research activities related to development of a PMU performance analyzer (PPA) tool for in-lab and remove, in-field testing; and data mining approaches for data cleansing and for analyzing impacts of data quality on PMU applications. The talk will include a discussion of a real-time wide area monitoring and control test bed that will support the testing and validation of PMU's and PMU-based applications.
Cold weather that blanketed much of the Eastern United States in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 exhibited unique characteristics that prompted different — but related — challenges across heating fuels and electricity markets.
A new report “Fossil Fleet Transition with Fuel Changes and Large Scale Variable Renewable Integration” from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and jointly funded by the Offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Fossil Energy (FE), and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now available. This report addresses future operational and engineering challenges likely to face the fossil generation fleet in response to the need
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the 2015 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study. Section 1221(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, codified at 16 U.S.C. 824p(a), directs the Secretary of Energy to conduct an electric transmission congestion study every three years, and to prepare it in consultation with affected states and regional reliability organizations. The Study released today seeks to provide information about transmission congestion by focusing on specific indications of transmission constraints and congestion and their consequences. It focuses primarily on historical trends over the past few years, and looks into the future to the extent possible.
Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman submitted a memo to the Electricity Advisory Committee providing the Department of Energy's response to the EAC's analyses and recommendations made in 2015.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability held a peer review of Reliability & Markets Program on August 4-5 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Materials including the agenda and presentations are now available for download.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has selected Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as awardees under the Remote Off-Grid Microgrid Design Support Tool Research Call. The purpose of the research call, which was issued in May 2015, was to seek design support tools that can provide decision support analysis on alternating current and direct current remote off-grid microgrids to meet user-defined objectives and constraints for costs and energy system security. One of the requirements was that the developed tool be readily usable by designers of microgrids for off-grid applications in remote communities. A remote community was defined as a distant, isolated, populated area within the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the territories of the United States where there is either limited or no accessibility to an area electric power distribution system or high costs for electricity attributable to transporting or storing portable fossil fuels for electricity generation.