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November 13, 2015
November 17 PSERC Webinar: Meeting PMU Data Quality Requirements for Mission Critical Applications

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.

October 22, 2015
EISPC White Paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear Power Plants” Now Available

The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Collaborative (EISPC) has released a white paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear Power Plants” that examines operational, economic, and policy pressure points affecting pressures on the nation’s existing fleet of nuclear generating stations, and suggests options for states concerned about near-term retirement.  Authored by the National

October 20, 2015
Assessment of Heating Fuels and Electricity Markets During the Winters of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Now Available

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.

October 15, 2015
EPRI-DOE Joint Report on Fossil Fleet Transition with Fuel Changes and Large Scale Variable Renewable Integration Now Available

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

October 9, 2015
Energy Department Invests Over $34 Million to Improve Protection of the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

Energy Department (DOE) today announced more than $34 million for two projects that will improve the protection of the U.S. electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure from cyber threats.

September 30, 2015
2015 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study Now Available

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.

September 24, 2015
DOE Response to 2015 EAC Recommendations Available

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.

September 16, 2015
Transmission Reliability Program 2015 Reliability & Markets Peer Review Materials Available

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.

September 15, 2015
OE Announces Awardees Under the Remote Off-Grid Microgrid Design Support Tool Research Call

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.

September 10, 2015
Energy Department Releases Second Quadrennial Technology Review

Report examines identifies hundreds of clean energy research opportunities that could support the effort to modernize the power sector.