DOE, EPRI Sign MOU for Energy Efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) strengthened cooperation for research, development, and deployment of energy technologies aimed at promoting increased energy efficiency.
The parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a framework for close coordination to advance the common goal of satisfying the nation’s growing electricity needs by improving energy efficiency and promoting the adoption of electric energy demand response programs.
“Through ongoing collaboration, the Department of Energy is pleased to provide its technical expertise and capabilities to promote clean and efficient energy technologies. This MOU will help ensure America continues to lead the way in cutting-edge energy research, development, and commercialization projects to enhance our national, energy, and economic security,” said DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander A. Karnser.
The MOU states that DOE and EPRI intend to coordinate future activities to accomplish several goals, including research demand response and energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes, and appliances; development of guidelines and methods that enable utilities to calculate emission, such as carbon dioxide, reductions resulting from these efforts; promotion of digital communication between the electric grid and buildings; testing to develop digital devices that can function as the communicator in energy management systems and smart-grid applications; and analysis of utilities’ catalogues of energy efficient technologies.