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.
Today, the Department of Energy launched a mobile app called Lantern Live that helps consumers quickly find and share critical information about nearby gas stations and power outages during energy emergencies. The app builds on the Obama Administration’s commitment to improve national energy preparedness in the face of extreme weather and other events that can result in power disruptions.
The DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) is offering a free public webinar presenting a simulation-based investigation of PV impacts on distribution systems and discussing a new approach for volt-VAR optimization with reactive power capabilities of PV inverters.
DOE/OE and EPRI will host a technology transfer webinar on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from noon to 2 p.m. (ET). The purpose of this open webinar is to disseminate results and outcomes of the recently completed project “High-Performance Hybrid Simulation/Measurement-Based Tools for Proactive Operator Decision-Support,” which is one of the awarded projects of the DOE Advanced Modeling Grid Research Program.
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Energy launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE’s National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace