National Energy Technology Laboratory
The mission of the National Energy Technology Laboratory is to advance energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment. NETL is committed to addressing the challenges put forth by the National Energy Policy:
- Enhance America’s energy security;
- Improve the environmental acceptability of energy production and use;
- Increase the competitiveness and reliability of U.S. energy systems; and
- Ensure a robust U.S. energy future.
NETL Website: www.netl.doe.gov
Smart Grid Initiatives
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is involved in a variety of Smart Grid activities on behalf of the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE) and the DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE).
Under OE sponsorship, these activities include:
- Project management and benefits analysis of 32 Smart Grid Demonstration Projects funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
- Project management of approximately 15 Smart Grid Investment Grants funded from the ARRA
- Project management and benefits analysis of nine Smart Grid Demonstration Projects from the former Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Program
- Smart Grid Implementation Strategy project
- Smart Grid Maturity Model project
- Project management of Smart Grid technology R&D projects
- Under EE sponsorship, NETL is managing R&D projects on facility energy management systems; building materials and electric vehicles.
- Under FE sponsorship, NETL is conducting analytical studies on the application of fossil energy resources in Smart Grid.
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
On behalf of the former OE Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Program (RDSI), NETL is managing nine Smart Grid demonstration projects which mainly focus on microgrid applications with a goal to reduce peak electricity demand by at least 15% at distribution feeders
In addition, NETL manages a suite of approximately 60 R&D projects aimed at developing and enhancing various components of the Smart Grid system including high-temperature superconductors, sensors and controls, power electronics, energy storage, cyber security, and visualization and simulation tools.
ARRA Project/Program Management
NETL is managing 16 Smart Grid regional demonstration projects and 16 utility-scale energy storage projects with a total value of about $770 million including $184 million of Federal funds. NETL is also managing 15 Smart Grid Investment Grants with a total value of $1,517 million including $746 million of Federal funds.
Cost and Benefits Analysis
NETL is responsible for conducting cost and benefits analyses of the 32 Smart Grid Demonstration Projects and nine RDSI projects using a consistent approach.
Electricity Utility Commission Assistance
NETL awarded more than $44 million in formula grants to state public utility commissions (PUCs) to hire new staff and retrain employees to assist in review of proposals for electricity projects.
Interconnection Transmission Planning
NETL is managing six cooperative agreements totaling $60 million and seven national laboratory agreements totaling $20 million to support transmission planning for the Eastern, Western and Texas electricity interconnections interconnection transmission networks.
Smart Grid Implementation Strategy
NETL manages the Smart Grid Implementation Strategy (SGIS) project which is focused on identifying and addressing any issues associated with accelerating implementation of Smart Grid. A number of references developed by the SGIS team are available at www.netl.doe.gov/smartgrid.
Smart Grid Maturity Model
In 2009, NETL began managing an agreement with Software Engineering Institute to further refine the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) which is a benchmarking tool used by electric service providers to assess their current state of Smart Grid maturity and provide a mechanism to create the future state of their Smart Grid. More information can be found at www.sei.cmu.edu/smartgrid/tools
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
NETL supports DOE EE by managing more than 150 R&D projects that impact the electric power system. Some of these projects could reduce the electricity demand through emerging technologies such as solid state lighting, improved windows, building materials, space conditioning, refrigeration, and energy management systems. NETL also manages R&D projects on electric vehicles.
Office of Fossil Energy
NETL is conducting analytical studies on the applications of fossil energy resources in the electric power system. These studies include the applications of coal and natural gas plants in Smart Grid and impacts of intermittent renewable energy resources; energy storage systems and electric vehicles.