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September 10, 2012
OE's SGIG Program Featured in EnergyBiz Magazine

An article in the September/October issue of EnergyBiz focuses on DOE's Smart Grid Investment Grant program and praises its impact on technology and the workforce in the energy sector. To illustrate the range of the program, the article highlights two grantees: the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's $108 million synchrophasor project in the Western Interconnection, and Talquin Electric Cooperative in Florida, with a $16 million project to upgrade infrastructure and service in an area where until recently customers read their own meters to determine their bills.

September 4, 2012
August 2012 CIP Report Focuses on Smart Grid Security

The August 2012 issue of The CIP Report from George Mason University's Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security highlights the significance and challenges to securing the smart grid.

August 21, 2012
2012 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study: Presentation from Congestion Study Webinar Series

The Department is preparing the 2012 Congestion Study now, and is hosting three webinars in August 2012 to receive input and suggestions concerning the preliminary findings of the study. The updated presentation used in the webinars is now available.

August 7, 2012
A Review of Power Outages and Restoration Following the June 2012 Derecho

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a report that reviews power outages and restoration efforts following the June 29, 2012 Derecho and compares them to outages and restoration efforts following other spring and summer storms in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions.

View the Report.

July 24, 2012
Sandia National Laboratories’ Stanley Atcitty Wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Dr. Stanley Atcitty, an energy storage systems researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  President Obama named 13 U.S. Department of Energy-funded researchers as recipients of the award which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers, who are early in their independent research careers.

July 19, 2012
2012 Congestion Study Webinars to Present Preliminary Findings and Receive Input from Stakeholders

The Department of Energy will host three webinars in August 2012 to present the preliminary findings of the 2012 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study and to receive input and suggestions from state officials, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. Two of the webinars will be designed to discuss with state officials the initial findings of the DOE 2012 congestion analysis.

July 13, 2012
OE Releases Third Issue of Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (July 2012)

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has released the third issue of the Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (EEPQ), designed to briefly highlight a few of the energy preparedness activities that occur each quarter.

July 12, 2012
NIST Releases Test Framework for Upgrading of Smart Meters

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft set of guidelines that will help utilities test their procedures for upgrading their smart meters securely from a remote location and determine whether their procedures conform with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Standard for Smart Grid Upgradeability.

July 9, 2012
July 2012 ARRA Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin Available

The Department released the July 2012 issue of the ARRA Energy Assurance Planning Bulletin (EAPB). The ARRA EAPB is issued quarterly to provide information on energy assurance planning resources, upcoming events, training opportunities, and important grant deliverable dates.

June 28, 2012
Energy Department Develops Tool with Industry to Help Utilities Strengthen Their Cybersecurity Capabilities

New Tool Available to Enable Electric Utilities to Better Assess their Cybersecurity Needs and Assets