DOE Announces $220 Million in Energy Grid Funding

Source: Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today built on its Grid Modernization Initiative – an ongoing effort that reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to improving the resiliency, reliability, and security of the nation’s electricity delivery system. During his visit to a utility control center in Miami, FL today, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of DOE’s comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for modernizing the grid.

The Secretary also announced the award of up to $220 million energy grid funding over three years, 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. Additional programs, initiatives, and funding opportunity announcements related to the energy grid funding will be announced in the coming days.

“Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is essential to reducing carbon emissions, creating safeguards against attacks on our infrastructure, and keeping the lights on,” said Secretary Moniz. “Our Quadrennial Energy Review and Quadrennial Technology Review identified needs and opportunities to invest in the grid. This public-private partnership between our National Laboratories, industry, academia, and state and local government agencies will help us further strengthen our ongoing efforts to improve our electrical infrastructure so that it is prepared to respond to the nation’s energy needs for decades to come.”

The energy grid funding (grid modernization initiative) represents a comprehensive DOE effort to help shape the future of our nation’s grid and solve the challenges of integrating conventional and renewable sources with energy storage and smart buildings, while ensuring that the grid is resilient and secure to withstand growing cyber security and climate challenges. Today’s announcements fall under the Grid Modernization Initiative’s framework.

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4 Replies to "DOE Announces $220 Million in Energy Grid Funding"

  • stuartbramhall
    January 26, 2016 (1:23 pm)

    I honestly think the DOE is moving in the wrong direction here. What they should be funding is local distributed energy projects. Large grids are incredibly inefficient in that they loses at least 10% of their energy due to cable resistance.

    This is all about creating a Smart Grid and forcing consumers to install Smart Meters (which due to emf radiation are incredibly dangerous to your health). Real time energy use provided by the Smart Grid is very advantageous to energy companies that enhance their profits by trading electricity – it’s of no benefit whatsoever to consumers.

    Nick Rosen writes about this in Off the Grid:

    • Hundredgivers
      January 26, 2016 (1:42 pm)

      Sad but true – thanks for commenting. Great blog about off grid – thanks for the link (I’d reblog if you had that widget on your site…). It’s unfortunate off grid is not a very popular topic with our federal agencies since utilities believe they will go out of business… Much more funding and education needed for distributed energy, off grid, and microgrids…these will be important for rapid and large-scale transition to clean energy…

      • stuartbramhall
        January 26, 2016 (1:46 pm)

        That’s weird. The Reblog button shows up really clearly on my browser (Firefox). It’s right next to the Like button. I wonder why it’s not showing up on your browser?

        • Hundredgivers
          January 26, 2016 (1:57 pm)

          Thanks – I switched to Firefox and it’s there…for some reason that widget is not showing up on Safari…

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