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Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Research, Development and Analysis

Number: 81.122
Agency: Department of Energy

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
81.122 Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Research, Development and Analysis
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Energy
Authorization (040):
Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT), Public Law 102-486; Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), Public Law 109-58; Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), Public Law 110-140; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91; Energy Tax Act of 1978, Public Law 95-618; Energy Security Act of 1980, Public Law 96-294; Superconductivity and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-697.
Objectives (050):
Through research, development, demonstration, technology transfer, and education and outreach activities, lead national efforts to modernize the electric grid; enhance security and reliability of the energy infrastructure; and mitigate the impact of, and facilitate recovery from, disruptions to the energy supply. Develop cost-effective technology that enhances the reliability, efficiency, and resiliency of the electric grid, while enabling the effective utilization of emerging and renewable generation sources and promoting the rapid deployment and integration of advanced digital "Smart Grid" technology that is needed to modernize the nationís electric delivery network for enhanced operational intelligence and connectivity. Also, leverage scientific research in mathematics for application to power system models and software tools to foster strategic, power systems research capabilities.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Assistance provided as cost-shared cooperative agreements or grants to nonprofit and profit institutions and organizations to develop, demonstrate and transfer technologies, tools, techniques or information developed to utilities, energy companies, energy regulators, state and local governments and other stakeholders.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
All types of domestic entities are eligible to apply, such as profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, universities, research organizations, and state and local governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, universities, research organizations, and state and local governments benefit.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The standard application forms as furnished by DOE and required by 10 CFR Part 600 must be used to apply for financial assistance, as further specified in competitive solicitation(s). The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the Grants.gov web site: http://www.grants.gov/
Award Procedure (093):
All applications which pass an initial review will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation(s) or criteria set forth in 10 CFR Part 600 for Unsolicited Proposals. Evaluations will be conducted by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability personnel at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC. This responsibility may also be delegated to DOE Operations Offices and technical experts. Final decisions will be made by the Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 60 to 120 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Grants and cooperative agreements may be modified or extended.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: As Specified under Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and EISA, with exceptions, a minimum of 20% cost share is required for research and development. A minimum of 50% is required for demonstration. Higher cost share may be requested.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Assistance is available for up to five years, as specified in the solicitation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: To be determined.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports required as specified in the grant or cooperative agreement. Typically these reports consist of quarterly progress and a final report at the conclusion of the grant or cooperative agreement time period. Expenditure reports required as specified in the grant or cooperative agreement. Typically these reports consist of quarterly expenditure reports and a final report at the conclusion of the grant or cooperative agreement time period. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
None.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 12 $29,541,891; FY 13 est $30,490,000; and FY 14 est $28,700,000 - Annual Appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Fiscal Year 2012 award obligations for annual appropriations range from $100,000 to $3,000,000 with the average at $703,000. Fiscal Year 2013 award obligations for annual appropriations are estimated to range from $100,000 to $3,000,000 and estimated average at $650,000. The estimated ranges for Fiscal Year 2014 will be similar to those of Fiscal Year 2013.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Over $9 million is estimated to be obligated to new awards in the area of Smart Grid R&D. Nearly $7 million dollars is estimated to be obligated to new awards in the area of Transmission Reliability. Over $12 million is estimated to be obligated to new awards in the area of Cyber Security for Energy Delivery Systems R&D. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
The following list represents an overview of regulations, guidelines, and literature: Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability homepage, at http://www.oe.energy.gov; DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (10 CFR 600); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, both of which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Management home page at http://www.management.energy.gov/policy_guidance.htm.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None. National Energy Technology Laboratory: http://www.netl.doe.gov.
Headquarters Office (152):
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Phone: (202) 586-1411.
Website Address (153):
http://www.oe.energy.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Selection is based on an objective merit review, program policy factors, the availability of funds, provisions of appropriation law and reports and as otherwise specified in specific solicitation document(s).