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OE Announces Funding to Improve the Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Power Grid

January 20, 2016

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Editor's note: the application deadline for the “Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research, Development and Demonstration for the Energy Sector” Funding Opportunity Announcement has been extended to April 5, 2016. More information about how to apply is available at FedConnect. In addition, FedConnect's Message Center, which is available to registered FedConnect users, displays questions and answers submitted during the application process.  

Modernizing our electric power grid has long been a key priority for the Department of Energy, and this month the Department is moving forward on that front with a series of announcements related to our ongoing Grid Modernization Initiative. As part of that effort, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability today announced approximately $23 million in funding for the research and development of advanced cybersecurity technologies to meet the unique requirements of the energy sector. 

With cybersecurity for the energy sector emerging as one of the most serious challenges associated with grid modernization and infrastructure protection, maintaining a robust pipeline of cutting-edge technologies is vital to helping the energy sector continue adapting to the changing cyber landscape. The “Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research, Development and Demonstration for the Energy Sector” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will lead to next-generation tools and technologies that will become widely adopted to enhance and accelerate additional cybersecurity capabilities for the U.S energy critical infrastructure.

This announcement is another important step in the Energy Department’s ongoing commitment to improve the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system. Just last week, the Department announced funding of up to $220 million, subject to congressional appropriations, to DOE’s National Labs and partners to support critical research and development in advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and a number of other key grid modernization areas. As Secretary Moniz said, “Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is essential to reducing carbon emissions, creating safeguards against attacks on our infrastructure, and keeping the lights on.” Continuing to move forward with grid modernization in a strategic and collaborative manner with our private and public partners is at the heart of the Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative and Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.

Collaboration is also a key component of our cybersecurity work. The Energy Department has a long history of working with private and public partners toward the energy sector’s Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity vision of having resilient energy delivery systems designed, installed, operated and maintained to survive a cyber incident while sustaining critical functions by 2020. Since 2010, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has invested more than $150 million in cybersecurity research, development and demonstration projects that are led by industry, universities and national labs. Since then, more than 20 new technologies that our investments helped support are now being used to further advance the resilience of the nation’s energy delivery systems.

The “Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research, Development and Demonstration for the Energy Sector” FOA is now available at FedConnect.

To learn more about our strategic approach to protecting the nation’s electric grid from the cyber threat, visit the cybersecurity section of our website.