Department of Energy and Electric Power Research Institute Cooperate to Increase Energy Efficiency

March 06, 2008

Kevin Kolevar, Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy, and Dr. Mike Howard, Senior Vice President of R&D at the Electric Power Research Institute, stand on either side of Assistant Secretary Alexander Karsner. Karsner is smiling as he lea

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 5th to strengthen cooperation on research, development, and deployment of technologies that increase energy efficiency. The MOU establishes a framework that advances the goal of satisfying the nation’s growing electricity needs. This goal will be reached by improving energy efficiency and promoting adoption of electricity demand response programs, to curtail energy use during peak periods.

“Through ongoing collaboration, the Department of Energy is pleased to provide its technical expertise and capabilities to promote clean and efficient energy technologies… to enhance our national, energy and economic security,” said Alexander Karsner, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

“This coordination will draw on each organization’s strengths to… [help] meet the nation’s rapidly growing demand for electricity,” said Kevin M. Kolevar, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

Activities supported under the MOU include: research on demand response and energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes, and appliances; development of guidelines and methods to calculate emissions and emission reductions; creating digital devices to link the electrical grid and building control systems; and analysis of utilities’ catalogues of energy efficient technologies.

Assistant Secretaries Karsner and Kolevar were joined by EPRI Senior Vice President of Research and Development Michael W. Howard and Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization Arsha Mansoor.

“EPRI is pleased to partner with the Department of Energy in this effort which will facilitate the development of energy efficiency technologies needed to help slow, stop and ultimately reverse the nation’s carbon footprint,” EPRI Senior Vice President Michael W. Howard said.

View the Memorandum of Understanding (PDF 26 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Also see the EERE Web site, the EPRI Web site, and the Web site of DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.