Power Play: A 21st Century Electrical Grid

  March 17, 2016

By Dan Hounsell

America’s power grid, while reliable today, needs a 21st Century facelift, not only to accommodate the nation’s unfolding economic and security needs but to achieve U.S. clean energy goals for a safe, affordable, domestic supply of electricity.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) is embarking on a 10-year journey to reduce supply risks, streamline energy load, and develop real-time incident response and protection against threats. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is working closely with the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability to ensure a resilient supply of electricity to meet America’s changing energy needs for this century.

Over the next few years, GMI will lead an ambitious campaign to attract innovators and stakeholders to the discussion. To gain input on grid modernization needs from industry, regulators, and others, the Energy Department has awarded competitive research funding and extended technical assistance to states, regions, and tribes. Working together to face these challenges, the future looks bright.  

Read the full report at http://energy.gov/oe/office-electricity-delivery-and-energy-reliability

This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, dan.hounsell@tradepressmedia.com. Read more about smart grid technology at https://www.facilitiesnet.com/12504FMD


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