Enhancing State Government Energy Assurance Capabilities and Planning for Smart Grid Resiliency

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Nationally, $39.5 million will be available for Enhancing State Government Energy Assurance Capabilities and Planning for Smart Grid Resiliency.  This initiative will focus on developing new, or refining existing, plans to integrate new energy portfolios (renewables, biofuels, etc) and new applications, such as Smart Grid technology, into energy assurance and emergency preparedness plans.  Better planning efforts will help contribute to the resiliency of the energy sector, including the electricity grid, by focusing on the entire energy supply system, which includes refining, storage, and distribution of fossil and renewable fuels. The grant money will be allocated to the states that choose to participate based on a set formula. 

On June 15, 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued the Funding Opportunity Announcement which stipulates that the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) is eligible for $461,990 for State Energy Assurance Planning.  The AEO submitted an application to participate in this program to DOE by the July 30, 2009 deadline.  The AEO was awarded the Energy Assurance Planning grant on August 14, 2009.  A Project Management Plan was submitted on October 13, 2009 and a more detailed Workforce Development Plan is due to DOE in November.

Check back here in the future for more information about this program.