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Congress Hearing Tackles U.S. Energy Grid Cybersecurity

Congress members are expressing growing interest to address the risks of foreign cyber attacks against the U.S. electric grid, The Hill reported Sunday. Lawmakers' interest on the issue has been growing in response to infrastructure-related cyber attacks from Iran and cited threats from China and Russia, the report noted.

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DOE Allots Funds for Collaborative Energy Research

The Department of Energy is investing $17 million in nine projects to generate energy for the country's underserved and remote regions. DOE said Monday that it selected projects tackling a variety of energy research topics including chemistry, fusion energy, solar energy and fuel cells.

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DOE to Fund Oil, Natural Gas Research Projects

The Department of Energy's office of fossil energy is set to award $44.5 million in funding grants to 12 research and development projects to support the recovery of oil and natural resources. Efforts under the funding opportunity are intended to help the industry reinforce manufacturing efforts for domestic energy sources, DOE said Wednesday.

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Christopher Krebs: CISA to Work With DOE on Maintaining US Tech Leadership

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that U.S. “innovation edge” will retain the nation’s status as a global technological leader, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Krebs told attendees at a Chertoff Group event in Washington that CISA seeks to work with the Energy Department in protecting critical systems as the U.S. continues to compete with Russia and China in tech leadership.

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DOE to Develop Software Apps for New Materials

The Department of Energy intends to invest $32 million to help research projects through the rapid development of new materials for the next four years. DOE said Wednesday that it will use high-performance computing facilities to create open-source software applications to support the design of functional materials for electronics, data storage, renewable energy and quantum information science. 

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DOE, INL Release Cybersecurity Tool for Electric Grid

The Department of Energy teamed up with researchers from the Idaho National Laboratory to create a cybersecurity technology to secure an electric power grid through the visualization of intelligence data. The Structured Threat Intelligence Graph is intended to allow utility operators and owners to share, build and edit cyberattack information, INL said Wednesday.

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DOE Supports 66 Projects in High-Energy Physics Under $77M Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy has awarded 66 spots on a $77 million funding grant to support university research efforts in high-energy physics. The funding opportunity will help scientists from 51 academic institutions carry out theoretical and experimental studies in the areas of particle physics, detector technologies, dark matter and dark energies, DOE said Tuesday.

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DOE Allots $11M for Cost-Shared Nuclear R&D Projects

The Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy is investing $11 million in three cost-shared projects on domestic advanced nuclear technology. DOE said Thursday it is awarding funds across two out of three study areas under the fourth wave of NE's funding opportunity announcement titled U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development.

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