The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) held its second peer review on September 4–7, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia. During the event, over 90 projects in GMI’s portfolio were presented to the public. The 2018 GMI Peer Review included projects within six technical areas: Design and Planning Tools; Devices and Integrated Systems Testing; Institutional Support; Security and Resilience; Sensing and Measurements; and System Operations, Power Flow, and Control. GMI projects offer the unique opportunity for public-private engagement in the research, development, and deployment arena. Interested stakeholders include representatives from major industry, startups, states, and regional energy commissions.
Subject matter experts who provided a formal peer review of 26 of GMI's projects came from a variety of backgrounds, including utilities, industry, academia, and government. Program managers from across DOE will use the results of the peer review to enhance the effectiveness of existing efforts and to better design future projects. The results of the review will be published in the 2018 GMI Peer Review Report, which will be made available to the public.
The first day of the review kicked off with a DOE leadership panel discussion that included Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Bruce J. Walker, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Tripodi, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy Steven Winberg, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy Edward McGinnis. DOE leadership provided a fully integrated vision for grid modernization, from generation to load, which emphasized the importance of reliability and resilience.
Following were remarks from keynote speaker Sanjay Bose, vice president at Con Edison, who discussed the importance and challenges of electric grid resiliency, as well as provided his perspective on near-term future research needs for the grid. The Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium’s (GMLC’s) technical area leads then provided an overview of project accomplishments from the past year and discussed the future direction of the program, including forthcoming updates to the Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan.
The day concluded with a panel discussion on GMI’s seven regional pioneer partnership projects, featuring both national laboratory representatives and project partners.
Presentations from the plenary session are available to view and download below.
Electric Grid Resiliency: Real World Perspective - Sanjay Bose, Vice President at Con Edison
GMLC Accomplishments and Future Directions - Carl Imhoff (PNNL) and Juan Torres (NREL), GMLC Co-Chairs
Regional Partnership Projects - Carl Imhoff (PNNL) and Juan Torres (NREL), GMLC Co-Chairs
Days two through four featured the formal review of 26 projects. Peer reviewers attended presentations by principal investigators and evaluated the progress of the projects based on their contributions to GMI’s mission and goals.
The project presentations are available below, organized by the day they were delivered at the review under the applicable technical area. Please view the agenda for details.
Wednesday, September 5
Thursday, September 6
Friday, September 7
The peer review included a comprehensive exhibit of more than 90 project posters of the grid modernization project portfolio.