DOE Awards $40 Million in Funding for Grid Modernization Initiative

The Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced $40M in FY19 funding for the Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI). The GMI, a crosscutting initiative involving all the applied energy offices, focuses on working with public and private partners to develop new tools and technologies that measure, analyze, predict, protect, and control the grid of the future.

The effort demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to technology innovations which will modernize the nation’s grid and ensure that it remains resilient, reliable and secure.

The funding in FY19 will be committed to the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) to collaborate with industry in order to build core competencies for the future.  While details of the lab call are expected to be released by March, topic areas will include resilience modeling, advanced sensors, energy storage, cybersecurity, and institutional support.

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“A reliable and resilient grid is essential to our nation’s economic and national security,” said Under Secretary Menezes. “Through this funding, and with the support of our National Labs and private sector partners, we will establish a grid that will withstand the tests and challenges of the future, while ensuring that Americans continue to enjoy the benefits of our amazing energy abundance.”