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May 23, 2012
DOE Releases Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP) Guideline

DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), has released guidance to help utilities better understand their cybersecurity risks, assess severity, and allocate resources more efficiently to manage those risks. The Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP) guideline, which provides a flexible approach to managing cybersecurity risks across all levels of the organization, was developed by a public-private sector team that was led by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and included representatives from across the industry.

May 23, 2012
DOE Issues Funding Opportunity for Advanced Computational and Modeling Research for the Electric Power System

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to leverage scientific advancements in mathematics and computation for application to power system models and software tools, with the long-term goal of enabling real-time protection and control based on wide-area sensor measurements. 

Specifically, this FOA focuses on two foundational research challenges:

May 22, 2012
DOE Announces Nearly $3.2 Million to Help Consumers Better Manage Their Energy Consumption

Department of Energy Announces Nearly $3.2 Million to Help Consumers Better Manage Their Energy Consumption

Smart Grid Data Access Awards Will Demonstrate How Consumers and Communities Can Benefit from Better Energy Information 

May 10, 2012
Smart Grid R&D Program Peer Review June 7-8, 2012

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will hold its bi-annual peer review of the Smart Grid Research and Development Program on June 7-8, 2012. More than 30 projects will be presented at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center. A draft agenda and online registration are available.

May 9, 2012
Assistant Secretary Hoffman Speaks to House Subcommittee on DOE's Federal Power Act Authority

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on May 9, 2012 to speak about the Department of Energy's emergency authority under section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act and the proposed legislation intended to address the use of this authority and potential conflicts with other Federal, state and local laws and regulations.

The complete statement is available for download.

May 1, 2012
Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions Year-in-Review 2011 Available (April 2012)

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released the Energy Infrastructure Events and Expansions Year-in-Review: 2011. This publication provides a summary of significant energy disruptions and infrastructure changes that occurred in the United States throughout 2011. The 2011 YIR is based primarily on information reported in the Energy Assurance Daily (EAD) between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

April 30, 2012
Assistant Secretary Hoffman Speaks to Senate Committee on DOE's Role in Managing Electrical Outages

Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on April 26, 2012 to speak about the Department of Energy's role in managing weather related electrical outages.

April 17, 2012
ARRA Program Celebrates Milestone 600,000 Smart Meter Installations

On April 11, 2012, DOE Recovery Act funding recipient Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) celebrated a major milestone in the development of a regional smart grid in California: the installation of over 600,000 smart meters.

April 12, 2012
OE Releases Second Issue of Energy Emergency Preparedness Quarterly (April 2012)

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

April 6, 2012
OE's SGIG Program Featured in International Publication

An article in the March 2012 issue of the quarterly publication Metering International focuses on DOE's Smart Grid Investment Grant program, highlighting how the program is improving the reliability and resiliency of the US electric grid. The article examines the need to protect the grid and the benefits of modernization, including reduced demand, increased capacity, and faster recovery. OE's Debbie Haught, who oversees the SGIG program, and Joseph Palladino, who leads the analysis of the program, authored the piece.