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Public power entities get DOE funding for energy R&D projects

Several public power utilities, along with the American Public Power Association, are among those selected by the Department of Energy as recipients of DOE funding — subject to appropriations from Congress — to support research and development in advanced energy storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and other projects. The awards were announced by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Jan. 14, along with the release of the Energy Department's new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for updating the U.S. electric grid.

Public power entities named as recipients of the funding awards include the EPB in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Idaho Falls Power in Idaho; the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems; South Carolina's Santee Cooper; Riverside Public Utilities in California; the Bonneville Power Administration; and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The awards involving public power entities, subject to funding by Congress, were for the following:

Under DOE's "core activities" heading, TVA is among the partners for Project 5, entitled "Grid Services and Technologies Valuation Framework." For Project 6, "Grid Sensing and Measurement Strategy," Chattanooga EPB and TVA are among the partners.

Under "pioneer regional partnerships," DOE named the Chattanooga EPB, TVA and Santee Cooper as among the partners for Project 7, "Southeast Consortium." For Project 10, "Smart Reconfiguration of Idaho Falls Network," Idaho Falls Power and the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems are among the partners. For Project 16, "Midwest Interconnection Seams Study," partners include the Western Area Power Administration.

Under the heading, "crosscutting activities" were three projects. Chattanooga EPB and TVA are listed as among the partners for the first of these, Project 19, "Advanced Sensor Development." Chattanooga EPB is also one of the partners for Project 26, "Threat Detection and Response with Data Analytics." The American Public Power Association is one of the partners for Project 27, "Distribution System Decision Support Tools."

Under DOE's Building Technologies Office category, TVA and the Bonneville Power Administration are among the partners for Project 1, "Virtual Batteries." Santee Cooper is among the partners for Project 4, "Transformer Efficiency."

Under DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office, the City of Palo Alto Utilities in California is a partner for Project 15, "Visualization and Analytics of Distribution Systems with Deep Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (VADER)."

Under the Vehicle Technologies Office, BPA is a partner on Project 1, "Vehicle to Building Integration Pathway," and also is a partner on Project 2, "Systems Research Supporting Standards and Interoperability" and Project 3, "Modeling and Control Software to Support V2G Integration."

Under DOE's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, the Western Area Power Administration is among the partners for Project 2, "WindView: An Open Platform for Wind Energy Forecast Visualization."

Under the heading, "advanced grid modeling," BPA is a partner for Project 1, "Open-Source High-Fidelity Aggregate Composite Load Models of Emerging Load Behaviors for Large-Scale Analysis." Two municipal utilities in Iowa, the City of Ames and Cedar Falls Utilities, are among the partners for Project 3, "Measurement-Based Hierarchical Framework for Time-Varying Stochastic Load Modeling."

Under "advanced distribution management systems," Riverside Public Utilities in California is a partner on Project 2, "Development of an Open-Source Platform for Advanced Distribution Management Systems."

Under "transmission reliability," BPA is among the partners for Project 2, "Suite of Open-Source," as well as for two other projects: Project 3, "HVDC and Load Modulation for Improved Dynamic Response Using Phasor Measurements," and Project 4, "Advanced Machine Learning for Synchrophasor Technology."

Riverside Public Utilities is also among the partners for Project 4 on synchrophasors.

The full list of DOE's proposed funding awards is posted on the department's website.