Text: H.R.4206 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (12/09/2015)

1st Session
H. R. 4206

To provide for a technology demonstration program related to the modernization of the electric grid.


December 9, 2015

Mr. Sarbanes (for himself, Mrs. Ellmers of North Carolina, and Mr. McNerney) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To provide for a technology demonstration program related to the modernization of the electric grid.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “21st Century Power Grid Act”.

SEC. 2. Technology demonstration on the distribution system.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Energy shall establish a financial assistance program to carry out eligible projects related to the modernization of the electric grid, including the application of technologies to improve observability, advanced controls, and prediction of system performance on the distribution system and related transmission system inter-dependencies.

(b) Eligible projects.—To be eligible for financial assistance under subsection (a), a project shall—

(1) be designed to—

(A) improve the performance and efficiency of the future electric grid, while ensuring the continued provision of safe, secure, reliable, and affordable power; and

(B) provide new options for customer-owned resources; and

(2) demonstrate—

(A) secure integration and management of energy resources, including distributed energy generation, combined heat and power, micro-grids, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, demand response, and intelligent loads; and

(B) secure integration and interoperability of communications and information technologies;

(3) include the participation of a partnership consisting of two or more entities that—

(A) may include—

(i) any institution of higher education;

(ii) a National Laboratory;

(iii) a representative of a State or local government;

(iv) a representative of an Indian tribe; or

(v) a Federal power marketing administration; and

(B) shall include at least one of any of—

(i) an investor-owned electric utility;

(ii) a publicly owned utility;

(iii) a technology provider;

(iv) a rural electric cooperative;

(v) a regional transmission organization; or

(vi) an independent system operator.

(c) Cybersecurity plan.—Each eligible project carried out pursuant to subsection (a) shall include the development of a cybersecurity plan written in accordance with guidelines developed by the Secretary.

(d) Privacy risk analysis.—Each eligible project carried out pursuant to subsection (a) shall include a privacy impact assessment that evaluates the project against the 5 core concepts in the Voluntary Code of Conduct of the Department of Energy, commonly known as the “DataGuard Energy Data Privacy Program”, or the most recent revisions to the privacy program of the Department.