Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Research, Development and Analysis

Through research, development, demonstration, technology transfer, and education and outreach activities, modernize and expand America's electric delivery system to ensure a more reliable and robust electricity supply, and enhance economic and national security.

Develop cost-effective technology
that enhances the reliability, efficiency, and resiliency of the electric grid, while enabling the effective utilization of emerging generation and demand-side management technologies and practices.

Assure the security of the nation's energy infrastructure through research and programs to assess the critical functions of the nation's energy infrastructure and reduce its vulnerability, and to develop an effective emergency response system to protect and restore its capabilities in case of disruption or attack.
Examples of Funded Projects

In FY 2007 projects were awarded for research that will advance the development and application of High Temperature Superconductors, which have the potential to alleviate congestion on an electricity grid that is experiencing increased demand from consumers (http://www.energy.gov/news/5180.htm).

Projects awarded in FY 2007 for Visualization and Controls aim to protect our Nation's energy infrastructure from cyber attacks and seek to modernize our electricity grid (http://www.energy.gov/news/5643.htm).

Projects awarded in FY 2008 under Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration include research and development activities to improve the security of controls systems for energy delivery and increase the use of distributed generation during peak load periods (http://www.energy.gov/news/6170.htm).

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Office - Chicago Operations Office: http://www.ch.doe.gov.

National Energy Technology Laboratory: http://www.netl.doe.gov.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Alaska Energy Authority (inc) $ 250,000   2016-01-072021-06-30
Clarkson University $ 360,000   2016-10-012020-09-30
Electric Power Group, Llc $ 700,075   2017-03-152020-03-14
University Of Texas At Austin $ 360,000   2016-10-012020-01-31
Cornell University $ 360,000   2016-10-012019-12-31
Grid Protection Alliance Inc. $ 1,083,367   2017-05-012019-09-30
General Electric Company $ 1,958,904   2017-03-202019-09-30
Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University $ 359,691   2017-09-062019-09-05
Electric Power Group, Llc $ 1,293,095   2017-03-152019-03-14
Grid Protection Alliance Inc. $ 2,429,666   2015-10-012018-02-28

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2006 projects were solicited in the area of High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) and five awards were made in FY 2007. Two of the research projects will help increase reliability and efficiency of HTS power delivery cables, and the remaining three projects will place an emphasis on HTS fault current limiters. These projects are in progress, and many will complete their first phases in mid-2009. In FY 2007 projects were solicited in the area of Visualization and Controls and Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI). Five awards were made at the end of the fiscal year for Visualization and Controls to develop and integrate technologically- advanced controls and cyber-security devices into our electric grid and energy infrastructure. In FY 2008 nine cooperative agreements were competitively selected to increase efficiency in the nation's electricity grid under the Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be used in the form of cost-shared cooperative agreements or grants to nonprofit and profit institutions and organizations to develop and transfer technologies or information developed through analysis and research to utilities, energy companies, energy regulators, state and local governments and other stakeholders.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All types of domestic entities are eligible to apply, such as profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, universities, research organizations, and state and local governments.

Not eligible are Federal agencies, Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Contractors, and nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995.

Beneficiary Eligibili