A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory manager will coordinate a national effort to develop a multi-year program plan for electric grid modernization.
Carl Imhoff, the energy infrastructure sector manager at PNNL in Richland, has been named chairman of a group integrating work by the Department of Energy and 12 of its national laboratories in DOE’s new Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.
The consortium is planned to help PNNL and other labs better collaborate and pool their resources to meet the nation’s need for a national power grid that seamlessly delivers clean and reliable electricity to people’s homes and businesses whenever it’s needed.
The partnership is planned to ensure that DOE-funded studies and research and development are efficiently coordinated to best use taxpayer dollars, according to Michael Knotek, DOE deputy undersecretary for science and energy.
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It will position DOE as a resource for diverse interests across industry, the scientific community and all levels of government, he said in a blog post.
The consortium will focus first on coordinating all of DOE’s grid-related activities to avoid redundant work and identify gaps in research.