Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability spoke today in New Jersey on the importance of reliable and resilient electric power. One year ago, Superstorm Sandy knocked out power to millions of people and caused billions of dollars in damages. To highlight the role of advanced technologies in boosting grid reliability and resiliency, DOE is pleased to announce the publication of a new report from the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program, which is a grid modernization activity funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The report updates the SGIG Progress report published in July, 2012 and contains new information on expenditures, installations of technologies and systems, grid impacts, and lessons learned. It provides information on seven analysis reports that DOE published in the last year and more than 20 examples of SGIG projects that have completed their installation activities and are making progress toward achievement of smarter grids. The report also provides updates on SGIG program accomplishments in cybersecurity and interoperability. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has also recently published its annual Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering which contains information on the progress of smart meter installations nationally, including the contributions of SGIG.