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Technical Assistance and Training

Center for Securing Digital Energy Transition

Supporting Resilience and Responsiveness

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Department of Energy’s Grid Deployment Office (GDO) is administering a $10.5 billion Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program to enhance grid flexibility and improve the resilience of the power system against growing threats of extreme weather and climate change.  

The purpose of this technical assistance program is to improve resilience in the grid modernization space with enhanced security programs. By guiding users through a tailored analysis and mitigation program to determine their current security posture, assistance in evaluating supply chain and protection choices against consequences and helping entities develop a future sustainable assessment and procurement planning system.

The technical assistance (TA) is designed to be responsive to a rapidly changing regulatory and policy landscape that seeks to match the timing and depth of questions with National Laboratory subject matter experts (SME) on key topical areas. This program augments and complements current technical assistance activities undertaken by various DOE program offices.

Technical Assistance Offerings

The Securing Digital Energy Infrastructure technical assistance track aims to improve resilience in the grid modernization space with enhanced security programs. The goal is to guide organizations through a tailored analysis and mitigation program to determine their current security posture. There will be assistance for evaluating supply chain and protection choices against consequences and help for entities to develop a future sustainable assessment and procurement planning system.

The technical assistance offered through this track is designed to be responsive to a rapidly changing regulatory landscape and cutting-edge equipment. Through the program, organizations will be matched with a national laboratory subject matter expert to focus on their key topical area.

GRIP and Grid Resilience State/Tribal Formula Grant Program Awardees seeking technical assistance can contact [email protected]. Within two (2) business days, a representative from the program will contact the entity to schedule a preliminary conversation. This conversation will help identify the needs of the entity and subject matter topic, as well as the type of assistance required.

  • Short Advisory: Questions that can be answered with short and narrow responses and includes the assessment template and related training.
  • Expert Match: Addresses inquiries that require increased resources and is for applicants in the design or contracting stage requiring review or development of specific Cyber-Informed Engineering (CIE) guidance.
  • Deep Dive: Addresses inquiries that require substantial resources and a lengthy development process. The applicant might require assistance with scenarios including sourcing, the physical assessment of equipment being installed, or an on-site inspection for site expansion.

Technical Assistance Webinar and Tutorials

Webinar: Technical Assistance for Securing Digital Energy Infrastructure

April 10, 2024

Led by Emma Stewart, INL Chief Power Grid Scientist and Research Strategist.

This is a webinar about responsible integration of non-domestic digital energy components and digital infrastructure.

Webinar: What is Cyber-Informed Engineering and How to Apply It To Your GRIP Project

REGISTER NOW: August 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Led by Virginia Wright, INL Department Manager for Research Accelerator

Join us for a deep dive workshop that introduces the key concepts behind Cyber-Informed Engineering (CIE) and how to apply them to secure your GRIP projects.

Webinar: Procurement and Contracting Guidelines

September 2024

More information will be available soon.

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