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DOE Announces Funds to Support Large Power Transformer R&D Efforts

The Department of Energy is obligating up to $75M to finance four research and development efforts for more resilient large power transformers. The DOE said Wednesday these projects aim to produce sensor-equipped transformers with boosted flexibility, analytical performance and security under the Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components and Resilient Distribution Systems programs.

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Conner Prochaska Named DOE Chief Commercialization Officer

Conner Prochaska, former senior advisor and chief of staff for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, has been named the Energy Department's chief commercialization officer. Prochaska will direct the Office of Technology Transitions, overseeing the national laboratories, DOE program offices and other associated facilities in the U.S., the department said Tuesday.

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Scientist Brian Anderson Named Director of National Energy Technology Laboratory

Brian Anderson, former director of West Virginia University's Energy Institute, has joined the Department of Energy as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He succeeds Sean Plasynski, who now serves as NETL's deputy director and chief operating officer, the DOE said Friday.

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DOE Executive Karen Evans: IoT May Bolster Grid Cybersecurity

Karen Evans, assistant secretary at the Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, is looking to leverage the Internet-of-Things to further secure the energy grid, FCW reported Tuesday. She told CESER researchers that the spread of IoT devices may help operators study cybersecurity threats and make changes to grid security based on assessments.

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GAO Audits Defense, Energy Department Budget for Nuclear Arsenal Sustainment, Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has published its audit of an annual joint report by the Defense Department and Energy Department on the estimated budget required for the upkeep and modernization of the country’s nuclear arsenal. The GAO stated that it had found the budget estimates in the joint report for fiscal year 2018 “generally accurate and complete based on the underlying data that DoD used to create them.” The oversight agency also said the joint report had managed to address concerns previously raised about the methodology used to arrive at the budget estimates.

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DOE NNSA Releases Annual Reports on Stockpile Management, Nuclear Threat Prevention

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has posted updated reports highlighting the agency's strategy to manage and protect the country's nuclear stockpile. The "Fiscal Year 2019 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan" report features information on programs aiming to extend the lifespan of warheads, the DOE said Thursday.

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DOE Allots $53M Solar Technology R&D Projects; Rick Perry Quoted

The Department of Energy is investing $53M to fund 53 early-stage solar technology projects with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. Selected participants will work within the areas of photovoltaics and concentrating solar-thermal power, aiming to develop technologies that support a growing workforce for renewable energy, the DOE said Tuesday.

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DOE CIO Seeks to Approach IT Programs Using Business Case Analyses

Max Everett, chief information officer of the Energy Department, has said that preparing a business case for a Technology Modernization Fund proposal has changed the way his agency approaches information technology programs. The DOE in June received $15M in funding from the TMF Board for an email cloud migration project. Part of the requirements of the project proposal was a business case analysis, MeriTalk reported Monday.

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