WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently announced the release of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) comprehensive Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for modernizing the electrical grid. The Grid Modernization Initiative is a 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.

Moniz also announced the award of up to $220 million 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.

“Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is essential to reducing carbon emissions, creating safeguards against attacks on our infrastructure and keeping the lights on,” says 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.”

More information on the Grid Modernization Initiative at Energy.gov and on the selected National Lab partnership projects is available by clicking here.


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