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The DOE is adopting a public/private partnership approach
to join with key stakeholders in developing and implementing
a resilient grid R&D plan.

grid R&D plan focuses solely on R&D for climate preparedness and climate impact resilience for electric distribution
grid and customer-side assets and systems. R&D for the
resilience of electricity supply and electric transmission grid
is not within the scope nor is the resilience of electric distribution grid to physical and cyberthreats.

Initial Plan Development via
Stakeholder Engagement
To begin framing the scope of R&D needed for enhanced
resilience, the DOE Smart Grid R&D Program gathered
experts from DOE national labs in meetings in late 2013 to
better understand current capabilities and activities in grid
resilience and to envision the extent of resilience enhancement that could be attained through a focused effort. This
program conception and envisioning process laid the foundation for a workshop, held in June 2014 with the engagement
of key stakeholders, which included the objective of identifying an initial set of R&D needs and associated R&D projects

critical to enhancing electric distribution grid resilience to
natural disasters. National lab experts provided the DOE with
the names of experts and practitioners to be invited to the
workshop, as well as facilitated discussions in the two concurrent breakout sessions: "Design, Preparedness, and Planning" and "Operational Response and System Recovery." In
addition to the DOE invitees, workshop attendance was open
to all interested parties. A total of 75 people attended the
workshop, representing vendors, utilities, national laboratories, universities, research institutes, and end users.
Each workshop breakout session first identified several
R&D needs and associated R&D projects for its assigned
main topic. Votes cast by attendees were then used to determine the top three R&D needs in each main topic. Attendees in the session "Design, Preparedness, and Planning"
determined the two top R&D projects for each top-voted
need, through a similar voting process. R&D projects in
the session "Operational Response and System Recovery"
were discussed but were not prioritized through the voting

Rockies/Midwest/Eastern
Severe Weather
18-23 May

Michigan and Northeast
Flooding
11-13 August

Midwest/Southeast/
Northeast
Winter Storm
5-8 January

Midwest/Southeast/
Northeast
Tornadoes and Flooding
27 April-1 May

Western California
Historic Drought
Entire Year
Rockies/Plains
Severe Weather
29 September-2 October

Plains
Severe Weather
3-5 June

South/Plains
Severe Weather
2-3 April

figure 1. The locations of eight US$1 billion weather and climate disasters in 2014 (picture courtesy of the National
Climatic Data Center).
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