Washington, D.C. Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), announced today the 2010/2011 membership of the re-established Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC). The 27 Committee members announced today represent a diverse group that includes state government officials, industry executives, environmentalists, and consumer advocates. The EAC will provide advice to the OE in carrying out its mission to modernize the Nation’s electricity infrastructure, and in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
“I am very pleased that the Electricity Advisory Committee membership includes so many of the Nation’s experts in electricity policy, planning and operations,” said Assistant Secretary Hoffman. “The Department of Energy and my office will benefit greatly from the advice and counsel that we receive from this stellar executive-level advisory committee. I look forward to working with the EAC on matters of critical importance to DOE and the Nation as we work to modernize the electricity grid, helping to enable a clean energy economy.”
The EAC will make recommendations on a wide range of policy and technical issues that affect electricity delivery. These include challenges to smart grid deployments and integrating renewables into the grid; electricity-related research and development priorities; ways to enhance the benefits provided by the Nation’s transmission infrastructure; coordination between DOE, State and regional officials and the private sector on matters affecting electricity supply, demand, and reliability, including response to energy supply disruptions; and emerging issues.
The EAC, originally established in 2008, published three reports in 2008 and early 2009 on electricity supply adequacy, smart grid implementation and energy storage technology development. Many recommendations from these reports were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and are being implemented in DOE policies and programs under the Obama Administration.
Richard Cowart, Director and Principal of the Regulatory Assistance Project, will serve as Chair of the EAC, and Commissioner Lauren Azar of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission will serve as Vice Chair.
The EAC's first meeting in 2010 will take place on October 29, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. All EAC meetings are open to the public. .
2010/2011 Members of the Electricity Advisory Committee are:
Honorable Lauren Azar
Honorable Robert Curry
Honorable Dian Grueneich
Honorable Tom Sloan
Honorable Barry Smitherman
Gordon van Welie