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US Department of Energy Investing $10 Million for Grid Reliability Projects

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Good news from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said it is giving $10 million in grants six projects to help deploy advanced electric grid software.

The software is meant to better detect quick changes in grid conditions and improve the grid’s reliability, DOE said Wednesday.

“Through advanced sensors and monitoring devices, U.S. utilities now have unprecedented insight into the power grid — helping industry make decisions that may prevent power outages before they happen and adeptly respond to changing grid conditions without disruption,” Patricia Hoffman, who heads DOE’s electricity delivery and reliability office, said in a statement.

“By partnering with utilities and software developers, the Energy Department can help the U.S. electric industry maintain more reliable and resilient power systems,” Hoffman said.

We've been talking a lot about the grid recently, and for good reason: these are, as former California Public Utilities Commission member Mark Ferron recently pointed out, "these are really exciting times" for the smart grid and distributed generation. Clearly, the U.S. Department of Energy recognizes this as well, which is why they are "investing in strategic partnerships to accelerate investments in grid modernization," and why they "support groundbreaking research on synchrophasors, advanced grid modeling and energy storage -- all key to a reliable, resilient electricity grid that’s ready to power the generations ahead." Which is, of course, exactly what is needed as an integral part of jump-starting a clean energy revolution in our country.