American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Overview
|Smart Grid Investment Grant||$3,482,831,000||99|
|Smart Grid Regional and Energy Storage Demonstration Projects||$684,829,000||42|
|Workforce Development Program||$100,000,000||52|
|Interconnection Transmission Planning||$80,000,000||6|
|State Assistance for Recovery Act Related Electricity Policies||$48,619,000||49|
|Enhancing State Energy Assurance||$43,500,000||50|
|Enhancing Local Government Energy Assurance||$8,024,000||43|
|Interoperability Standards and Framework||$12,000,000||1|
|1 Program Direction supports administration and management of OE's Recovery funds|
OE RECOVERY ACT
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) - which President Obama signed into law on February 17th, 2009 - is an unprecedented action to stimulate the economy. It includes measures to modernize our nation’s energy and communication infrastructure and enhance energy independence. As President Obama stated, “The investment we’re making today will create a newer, smarter electric grid that will allow for broader use of alternative energy.”
RECOVERY ACT FUNDS AT WORK
- M2M Communications has developed a two-way, web-to-wireless controller for irrigation pumps for an agricultural demand response program in California, part of an irrigation load control system that includes sensors, smart meters, and other monitoring equipment.
- Vermont utilities are participating in the statewide program eEnergy Vermont to install smart meters, SCADA systems, distribution automation equipment, and more.
- Orange and Rockland Utilities is adding hardware and communications to create a small smart grid system to optimize the economic performance of the distribution circuits for 10,000 customers in New Jersey.
- Pennsylvania's PPL Electric Utilities Corporation is installing a distribution management system with automation devices and supporting communication systems in a pilot program in the Harrisburg area.
- Workforce training programs are transforming the electric grid by preparing the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical industries.
- The Tri-State Electric Membership Cooperative has installed 15,000 smart meters and supporting infrastructure to improve services, reduce energy costs, and empower customers to better manage electricity usage.
- In Illinois, the City of Naperville's smart grid modernization efforts are encouraging consumers to take on a bigger role in managing power consumption through the use of smart meters.
- In New York City, Con Edison is upgrading its distribution system to reduce the frequency and duration of outages and improve power quality.
- The Electric Power Board in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is making its distribution system more robust to provide continued reliable electric service and respond more effectively to severe weather events.
- The North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) is working to prevent another major blackout in North America by installing synchrophasors that will provide real-time situational awareness of electric grid conditions
- The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is studying the impact of smart grid technologies that will reach more than 700,000 consumers in 12 states.
- In the heart of “Tornado Alley,” Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company is pursuing demand response strategies to lower peak demand and improve efficiencies on the distribution system.
- The Western Electricity Coordinating Council is modernizing the transmission system in the Western Interconnection to increase reliability and system performance, and enable greater use of renewables such as solar, hydro, and wind.
- In rural Arkansas Woodruff Electric Cooperative has installed 14,450 smart meters and supporting communication infrastructure.
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES
October 12, 2011
Federal Register Notice (PDF Version) on the DOE’s invitation for public comment on its request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend for three years the Information Collection Request Title: OE Recovery Act Financial Assistance Grants, OMB Control No. 1910–5149 that DOE is developing for submission to OMB pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments due on or before November 7, 2011. OMB Form 83-I. ICR Supporting Statement. SGIG Reporting Guidance.
- Notice of OMB Action (January 10, 2012): OMB has approved DOE's request to extend information collection for three years.
August 10, 2011
Federal Register Notice (PDF Version ) on the DOE’s invitation for public comment on its intent to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend for four years the Information Collection Request Title: OE Recovery Act Financial Assistance Grants, OMB Control No. 1910–5149 that DOE is developing for submission to OMB pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments due on or before October 11, 2011.
- Comments to date (October 17, 2011)
- City of Fort Collins Comment on Information Collection Extension - September 27, 2011
- Town of Danvers Comment on Information Collection Extension - October 11, 2011
Recovery Act Blog
April 9, 2013
A west Texas town recently became home to the largest battery storage on a wind farm, thanks to investments from the Energy Department.
May 1, 2012
Many community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers across America are taking smart, pragmatic steps to train the next generation of workers needed to modernize the nation’s electric grid.
November 21, 2011
Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman explains lessons learned from the recent Southeast peer-to-peer workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Recovery Act News
February 15, 2011Department of Energy Finalizes Loan Guarantee for New Transmission Project to Deliver Renewable Energy to Southwest
Nevada Project Expected to Create Over 400 Jobs and Improve Grid Reliability
September 16, 2009
New transmission line to help move renewable energy resources to market
May 18, 2009