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.
On Thursday, September 10, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), together with Sandia National Laboratories, will present a kick-off webinar for the Energy Storage Safety Working Group on Safety Validation and Risk Assessment Research and Development. Information on current energy storage safety R&D across government, industry and academia will be shared, as well as activities from the other two OE Energy Storage Safety working groups on Codes, Standards, and Regulations, and Outreach.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the 2014/2015 Economic Dispatch and Technological Change Report to Congress. In this report, the Department of Energy is responding to Sections 1234 and 1832 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which directed the Secretary of Energy to conduct an annual study of economic dispatch and potential ways to improve such dispatch to benefit American electricity consumers.
In this 2014/2015 economic dispatch report, the Department examines how technology and policy affect economic dispatch. This report looks at seven current topics that affect economic dispatch.
OE has released the Annual U.S. Transmission Data Review, its annual compilation of transmission-related data focusing on six areas: transmission infrastructure, reliability, utilization, constraints, planning, and economic congestion. This data, which is gathered from publicly-available sources, is used to inform various DOE analyses, including OE’s triennial transmission congestion studies. Until now, there has not been a single, inclusive, and authoritative annual transmission data summary that analysts can turn to readily. Over time, this summary may be broadened in scope if additional sources of transmission data become available.
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) today announced a request for proposals from State Energy Offices to commit to a 12-18 month state-led process to develop an electric system modernization roadmap that seeks to address a growing range of interdependent, emerging electricity system and energy market issues. The request is a part of NASEO’s Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) Program, which is supported by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The E-MAP Program is designed to help states develop holistic approaches to advancing the electricity system and related energy infrastructure modernization, resilience, and affordability.