The Presidential Memorandum establishing the QER directed the QER Task Force to conduct analysis and modeling to support QER recommendations and actions. As part of this effort, the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA) commissioned an extensive suite of analyses, focusing on energy TS&D infrastructures. Linked below are the major commissioned analyses used to support the findings and recommendations within the first installment of the QER, including those associated with QER Technical Workshops.


TitleOrganizationFocus Area
United States Fuel Resiliency: US Fuels Supply Infrastructure (Vol 1-3)Intek, Inc.Resilience
Simulating Impacts of Disruptions to Liquid Fuels InfrastructureSandia National LaboratoriesResilience
Climate Change and Energy Infrastructure Exposure to Storm Surge and Sea-Level RiseU.S. Department of EnergyResilience
Measuring the Resilience of Energy Distribution SystemsRAND CorporationResilience
Natural Gas Infrastructure Implications of Increased Demand from the Electric SectorU.S. Department of EnergyElectric Grid
Impacts of Demand-Side Resources on Electric Transmission PlanningOak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryElectric Grid
Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Improvements in the U.S. Electricity Transmission and Distribution SystemOak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryElectric Grid
Grid Integration and the Carrying Capacity of the U.S. Grid to Incorporate Variable Renewable EnergyNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryElectric Grid
LNG Analysis Summary: A Different Way of Looking at the Future of World LNG TradeJensen AssociatesEnergy Security
The Future of U.S. Natural Gas: Supply, Demand & Infrastructure DevelopmentsBentek EnergyEnergy Security
A Review of the CO2 Pipeline Infrastructure in the U.S.National Energy Technology LaboratoryEnergy Security
Coal-by-Rail Business-as-Usual Reference CaseArgonne National LaboratoryShared Transport
Opportunities for Efficiency Improvements in the U.S. Natural Gas Transmission, Storage and Distribution SystemLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryMultiple
Controlling Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Sector: A Review of Federal & State Regulatory Frameworks Governing Production, Processing, Transmission, and DistributionJoint Institute for Strategic Energy AnalysisMultiple
Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Natural Gas System; Sankey Diagram MethodologyU.S. Department of EnergyMultiple
Scenario Development for the 2015 Quadrennial Energy Review: Assessing Stresses, Opportunities, and Resilience in the Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Systems for Oil, and Refined-Oil Products, Electricity, and Natural Gas.Rand CorporationMultiple
Electricity Baseline Report for the US Power SystemPacific Northwest National Lab and The Brattle GroupMultiple
Simulation and Analysis of North American Natural Gas Supply and Delivery during a Winter High-Demand Event with Loss of Marcellus ProductionSandia National LaboratoryMultiple
Quantification of the Potential Gross Economic Impacts of Five Methane Reduction ScenariosJoint Institute for Strategic Energy AnalysisEmployment and Workforce

Technical Workshop Reports

Report titleReport AuthorTechnical workshop title and date
Conceptual Framework for Developing Resilience Metrics for the Electricity, Oil, and Gas Sectors in the United StatesSandia National LaboratoriesResilience Metrics for Energy Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure
April 29, 2014 – Washington, D.C.
and June 10, 2014 – Upton, N.Y.
Alternative Transportation Refueling Infrastructure in the U.S. 2014: Status and ChallengesThe University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleLessons Learned on Alternative Transportation Refueling Infrastructure: Implications for the QER
June 20, 2014 – Washington, D.C.
Grid ArchitecturePacific Northwest National LaboratoryGrid Architecture
August 26 and September 23, 2014 – Washington, D.C.

QER Related Documents and Sites

In addition to analysis completed specifically in support of the QER, EPSA leveraged the significant body of energy analysis already available across the federal government and national laboratories. Click on the link above to access the list.

First Installment

Download the full report, learn more about the first installment, examine the analytical library, and review the status of recommendations.

Second Installment

Download the full report, learn more about the second installment,  examine the analytical library, and view stakeholder comments.