WASHINGTON, September 20, 2017 - The Energy Department (DOE) awarded $32 million for seven Resilient Distribution Systems projects, supporting early stage research and development to improve the resilience of the nation’s electricity grid. DOE says the grid must adjust to a changing mix of electricity generation, consumers participating in electricity markets, the growth of internet-connected devices, cyber threats, aging electricity infrastructure and severe weather. “As round-the-clock efforts continue to help communities recover from the devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the need to continue strengthening and improving our electricity delivery system to withstand and recover from disruptions has become even more compelling,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry. The Grid Modernization Initiative focuses on the development of new architectural concepts, tools, and technologies that measure, analyze, predict, protect, and control the grid of the future. The initiative is a DOE-wide collaboration primarily supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

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