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June 18, 2014

Grid Reliability Receives More than $10 Million in Energy Department Support

The Energy Department on June 11 announced more than $10 million for projects that will improve the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric grid and facilitate quick and effective response to grid conditions. This investment, which includes six projects across five states—California, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina, and Washington—will help further the deployment of advanced software that works with synchrophasor technology to better detect quickly-changing grid conditions and improve day-to-day grid reliability.

In the United States, advanced sensors and monitoring devices are giving utilities unprecedented visibility to see what is happening throughout the grid. For example, synchrophasors can measure the instantaneous voltage, current, and frequency at specific locations on the grid—giving utilities the ability to foresee and respond to changing grid conditions, make decisions that prevent power outages, and speed up restoration.

Funded through the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the six awards include a $2.9 million investment for a Pacific Gas & Electric project that will leverage its existing synchrophasor software applications to further improve data quality validation and security, strengthen system-wide indicators, speed system restoration, and advance its ability to conduct post-event analysis. The company will invest $3.9 million in cost-share. In another project, the Energy Department will invest $3.9 million in Peak Reliability, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, to use synchrophasors to develop automated controls and improve grid condition data delivery and quality. Peak Reliability's cost-share contribution will be $4.8 million. See the Energy Department news release.