The Office of Electricity (OE) provides national leadership to ensure that the Nation’s energy delivery system is secure, resilient and reliable. OE works to develop new technologies to improve the infrastructure that brings electricity into our homes, offices, and factories, and the federal and state electricity policies and programs that shape electricity system planning and market operations.
A secure and resilient power grid is vital to national security, economic security, and the services Americans rely upon. OE leads the DOE efforts to ensure the Nation’s most critical energy infrastructure is secure, drive grid technology evolution and enable to rapid recovery from disruptions. OE also leads activities that provide long-term transformational strategies to ensure that it supports the evolving grid and emerging threats, like climate or cyber events.
America’s security, economy, and sustained global leadership depend on a secure and resilient power grid. Through a mix of technology and policy solutions and in partnership with the private and public sectors, the OE will harness innovation for a stronger, more resilient and reliable North American energy system while maintaining energy independence.
OE supports strategic national capabilities to prepare for, mitigate and eliminate, respond to, and recover from the many natural and adversarial threats currently facing the U.S. energy sector.
These capabilities are a critical resource for the Nation, advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
- OE prioritizes energy and national security assets using a risk-based approach and make strategic investments to ensure energy mission assurance.
- OE is developing a North American Energy Resilience Model to provide real-time grid data and monitoring of infrastructure components to ensure reliable and resilient energy delivery across multiple energy sectors while considering a range of large-scale, emerging threats.
- OE is improving grid resilience through research and development of advanced capability technologies, including energy storage, transformers, and advanced sensing capabilities.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 authorized the Secretary to designate and identify defense critical electric infrastructure (DCEI).
- Working with DOD and the National Nuclear Security Administration, OE designated DCEI sites critical to U.S. national security and is executing risk-management processes at those sites consistent with evolving physical and cyber threats.
- Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) is a DOE crosscutting collaborative effort to advance the energy system from fuel to generation to load, including interdependent infrastructures. The GMI is focused on reliability and resiliency of the energy infrastructure.