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Energy and Environment,

Research for a Modern Grid

The challenge to transform the U.S. power grid to meet the demands of the 21st century is daunting and urgent. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative harnessed the scientific and technical power of its national laboratory system with the formation of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC).

This strategic partnership between DOE and 13 of its national laboratories involves coordinating unique capabilities across collaborating institutions. Together, grid experts are developing the framework for U.S. industry and regulators to achieve a national power grid that seamlessly delivers clean and reliable electricity to people wherever they are, whenever they need it.

Researchers at PNNL are leading or participating in several GMLC projects. They include:

Foundational Research Projects

Regional Partnerships

Devices and Integrated Systems Testing

Sensing and Measurements

System Operations, Control, and Power Flow (technical area led by PNNL's Jeff Dagle)

Design and Planning Tools

Security and Resilience

Institutional Support

Resilient Distribution Systems

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas