U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to modernize the nation’s power grid.
The DOE’s Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) will serve as a blueprint for the department’s research, development and demonstration of a three-year plan to modernize the grid.
“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 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 Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) consists of 14 DOE national laboratories, including the DOE’s Energy Systems Integration facility (ESIF) and National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), and partners in industry, academia and state and local government agencies across the country.
The program is expected to result in new tools for integrated planning and operation of distributed energy technologies like solar, demand response and smart consumer appliances; advances in grid design and planning tools to take advantage of emerging technologies being deployed on the grid; and a new test bed for development of advanced distribution management systems.