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The Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) was established in 2014 as a strategic partnership between the DOE and the national laboratories to accelerate modernization of the nation’s power grid. Research and development activities in support of the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) Multiyear Program Plan are led by 14 national laboratories operating under the GMLC, a structure established to enhance laboratory coordination for key grid modernization activities that have national impact.

Through the GMI and GMLC, DOE leadership catalyzes private-sector innovation, working in collaborative partnerships with industry to develop common, adoptable approaches that benefit all stakeholders. The benefits of the GMLC include more efficient use of R&D resources; shared networks; improving learning and preservation of knowledge; enhanced lab coordination and collaboration; and regional perspective and relationships with local stakeholders and industry.

Since its inception, the GMLC has collaborated with more than 200 industry partners to solve key, crosscutting grid modernization challenges in a range of critical areas, including grid design and planning; sensing and measurement; system operations and control; resilience and security; and institutional support. These partners include large and small utilities from all regions of the country; grid technology companies and equipment manufacturers; R&D organizations representing both industry and academia; and institutional stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies, regulators, as well as industry associations.

Through a comprehensive portfolio of projects, these integrated efforts deliver new concepts, tools, platforms, and technologies to better measure, analyze, predict, and control the grid of the future. While many GMLC R&D projects are focused on grid modernization challenges we will face a decade or two from now, the GMLC R&D ecosystem has already developed many solutions and knowledge that grid operators, utilities and other stakeholders can put to use today to address key challenges in grid modernization.

GMLC Leadership

  • Jud Virden (PNNL) – Chair
  • Juan Torres (NREL) – Vice-Chair
  • Teja Kuruganti (ORNL) – Devices and Integrated Systems
  • Bobby Jeffers (NREL) – Resilient and Secure Systems
  • J.P. Watson (LLNL) – Planning
  • Jim Follum (PNNL) – Operations
  • Ning Kang (INL) – Flexible Generation and Load
  • Mark Petri (ANL) – Markets, Policies and Regulations