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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: As part of its stimulus funding, the U.S. government subsidized the installation of at least 1,000 phasor measurement units (PMUs) across the U.S. transmission grid. Now it wants to create value from all the data that's pouring in from those devices. In particular, it wants apps that increase visibility, reliability and resiliency.

 

It has released a "funding opportunity announcement" (FOA) that gives details on the $9 million in cost-sharing funds available.- By Jesse Berst

 

DOE announces funding to provide better visibility into the health of the nation’s electric grid

 

WASHINGTON – As part of the Administration’s commitment to improve the reliability and resiliency of the Nation’s electric grid, the Energy Department today announced up to $9 million in funding to facilitate rapid response to abnormal grid conditions.  As a result, utilities will be able to better detect and head off potential blackouts, while improving day-to-day grid reliability and helping with the integration of clean renewable sources of energy onto the grid.

 

“Our priority is to develop a clearer understanding of the health of the grid and to drive partnerships and collaboration with application developers and the utility industry,” said Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman. “Integrating data from sensors on the transmission system into utilities’ analysis tools will help utilities gain better visibility into conditions affecting the reliability of the grid.”

 

The “Pre-Commercial Synchrophasor Research and Demonstration” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) targets teams comprised of utilities and software developers to develop and implement advanced software which would improve the operational reliability of the grid.  This FOA builds on investments made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Smart Grid Investment Grant and Smart Grid Demonstration Grants that have installed more than 1,000 synchrophasor measurement units (PMUs) across the United States. These advanced devices use high-speed digital recorders to sample grid conditions 100 times faster than today’s monitoring technology. The resulting data improves situational awareness of grid conditions and promotes real-time wide-area visibility.    

 

The “Pre-Commercial Synchrophasor Research and Demonstration” FOA, which is available at Grants.gov and FedConnect.net, provides additional information, including cost-sharing requirements for government-industry cooperation. The deadline for submitting applications is November 5, 2013.  

 

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