OE Priorities

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The Office of Electricity’s (OE) mission of security and resilience is reflected in its five priorities.  

Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Resiliency

OE will support Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for long-term resiliency improvement, focused on enhancing the region’s economic vitality. 

  • Coordinate key stakeholders and contributing members for a technical, unbiased review of proposals.

  • Support the Puerto Rico government on evaluating and determining PREPA’s future.

  • Work with Puerto Rico government, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, and others for strategic investment in micro-grid installations for industrial corridors.

North American Grid Model

Working with stakeholders in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, OE will develop an integrated North American grid model to conduct planning and contingency analysis to address vulnerabilities in the North American energy system.

  • Incorporate relevant assets of the integrated energy grid.

  • Identify potential infrastructure investments to improve resiliency and mitigate risks associated with energy system interdependencies.

  • Produce a model that allows for sequencing of events to understand risk across critical energy infrastructure sectors and identifying key energy infrastructure interdependencies.

Operational Strategy for Cyber and Physical Threats in Energy Delivery Systems

Working with other Federal and industry stakeholders, OE will develop a near-term actionable operational strategy to mitigate and eliminate potential cyber and physical threats. 

  • Develop physical threat mitigation strategies through technology R&D, design modifications, and operational considerations.

  • Redesign current architecture that exposes the energy grid to cyber threats.

  • Identify a communication system to eliminate and mitigate threat vectors.

Megawatt Scale Grid Storage

OE will pursue megawatt scale storage capable of supporting regulation, ramping and energy management for bulk and distribution power systems. 

  • Work with other DOE Offices to investigate and integrate new technologies for advancing megawatt scale storage with added resiliency and control capabilities.

  • Work with the National Laboratories to identify and pursue capabilities in flow batteries using aqueous soluble organics, rechargeable Zn-MnO2 batteries, and Sodium-based batteries.

Revolutionize Sensing Technology Utilization

OE will pursue integration of high-fidelity, low-cost sensing technology for predictive and correlation modeling for electricity and oil and natural gas (ONG) systems. 

  • Use correlation modeling developed along with advancements in computing capabilities.

  • Expand capabilities of asset management such as predictive maintenance of equipment.

  • Evaluate opportunities to improve phasor measurement units (post-2003 installation).