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November 2, 2016
Enabling a Smart Power Grid

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is working with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enhance the places where we can...

October 19, 2016
OE Announces Investment in New Research to Improve Grid Reliability through Enhanced Visibility

Today, at the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) meeting in Seattle, I announced over $5 million in fundamental research that will...

October 6, 2016
DOE Monitoring Energy Infrastructure, Responds as Hurricane Matthew Hits Florida

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida, the Energy Department (DOE) is monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating responses across the...

September 28, 2016
Investing in the Innovative Design of More Flexible Large Power Transformers

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, DOE announced new funding to strengthen protection of the nation’s...

September 27, 2016
EAGLE-I’s National Outage Map tracks transmission line status and customer outage numbers by County, State, and FEMA Region.
DOE Announces Transition of EAGLE-I to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Taking Advantage of the Laboratory’s World-class Capabilit...

On September 27, 2016, DOE announced that it will transition EAGLE-I to a new infrastructure platform at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL),...

September 21, 2016
New transmission rule aims to improve permitting process, reduce conflicts and lead to better quality projects. | Energy Department photo
Improving the Transmission Permitting Process to Strengthen our Nation’s Grid

Learn what the Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process is and why its important.

August 25, 2016
OE Announces Investment in New Research to Address Risk and Uncertainty in the Grid

Today, as part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a reliable and resilient power grid, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy...

August 5, 2016
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department
We separate fact from fiction in the new Netflix series "Stranger Things."
July 18, 2016
Understanding Risks Associated with Electromagnetic Pulses

DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE) has long focused on research, preparedness, response, and recovery activities...

June 8, 2016
Promoting Innovation for the Design of More Flexible Large Power Transformers

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to a strong and secure power grid, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability today...

June 7, 2016
As the electric grid becomes smarter, it also becomes more vulnerable to hackers. | Creative Commons.
To Protect the Grid from Hackers, You Need to Break It

With a growing risk of cyber attacks from hackers, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory built a test bed to experiment with...

May 5, 2016
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, LBNL Staff Scientist Michael Stadler, and Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman at the May 4, 2016 ceremony honoring this year's 13 PECASE winners funded by the Energy Department. | Photo courtesy of DOE's Office of Science
Recognizing Innovation at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Michael Stadler, PECASE Winner

I had the pleasure of participating in a ceremony this week honoring this year’s 13 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers ...

March 22, 2016
Increasing Reliability of the Nation’s Power Grid through Greater Visibility

DOE’s Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Adam Cohen today announced new funding that will build on recent progress in giving system...

March 17, 2016
Dr. Imre Gyuk -- pictured speaking at a Green Mountain Power energy storage event -- was recently recognized for his game-changing work in energy storage. | Photo courtesy of the Clean Energy States Alliance.
10 Questions with Energy Storage Expert Imre Gyuk

Dr. Imre Gyuk, recently awarded the NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Energy Storage, talks about what energy storage is, how the energy...

February 19, 2016
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and NASEO Executive Director David Terry at the February 10, 2016 signing of the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators Agreement. | Photo Courtesy of NASEO.
DOE and State Organizations Update Important Agreement on Coordinating a Unified Response to Energy Emergencies

Secretary Moniz last week signed an updated Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinators (EEAC) Agreement with the National Association of State Energy...

February 17, 2016
Video: Recovery Act by the Numbers
The Recovery Act was passed seven years ago today. Learn how it has laid the foundation for America's clean energy future.
February 11, 2016
Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer
BPA, Grid Modernization, and Setting the Nation Up for Success

On February 8, 2016, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. I...

February 3, 2016
NASEO AND OE WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT MICHIGAN, NEVADA, AND VIRGINIA WITH ENERGY SYSTEM ROADMAPPING EFFORTS

The National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO) Energy Markets and Planning (E-MAP) program, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy...

January 20, 2016
OE Announces Funding to Improve the Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Power Grid

With cybersecurity for the energy sector emerging as one of the most serious challenges associated with grid modernization and infrastructure...

January 14, 2016
An Explainer: How “Grid Modernization” Could Improve Your Life

This month the Department of Energy is making a series of announcements to support its Grid Modernization Initiative. But what does grid...

November 24, 2015
Securing the Electricity Grid: Government and Industry Exercise Together at GridEx III

I had the opportunity this past week to represent the Department of Energy at a critically important exercise here in our Nation’s Capital – an...

November 3, 2015
Power lines like these make up our nation's power grid -- a critical component of our national critical infrastructure.
National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month: Improving the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Grid

November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, and our Office of Electricity (OE) is hard at work safeguarding the...

November 2, 2015
Visualizing Energy Infrastructure Exposure to Storm Surge and Sea-Level Rise

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) recently released an innovative, interactive visualization tool to highlight the...

October 29, 2015
Innovation in Improving Visibility into the Health of the Grid

I have previously written about synchrophasors. These are systems that measure the status of the electric power grid at high resolution and enable...

October 5, 2015
Recovery Act Investment Wraps Up, Delivering Major Benefits to the Nation

The more than 330 Recovery Act-funded projects that the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has been managing over the past five...