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Technical Areas

GMLC is working closely with partners in industry, academia, and across cities and states to deliver on the objectives outlined in DOE’s Grid Modernization Multiyear Program Plan across six broad technical areas.
  • Devices and Integrated Systems

    Researchers are developing, testing, and building ​devices on both sides of the electric meter that can help the grid function more efficiently and be more resilient under adverse conditions.
  • Flexible Generation and Load

    Advanced tools and technologies can accelerate emerging generation systems and/or maximize the value of existing generation assets as they provide value to the grid.
  • Market, Policies, and Regulations

    GMLC provides technical assistance to states, tribal governments, and regulatory agencies shaping the direction and pace of grid modernization.
  • Operations

    Advanced technologies can help optimize system operations and react to off-normal conditions while preserving system reliability and improving resilience.
  • Planning

    GMLC researchers are developing design and planning tools that can better handle the uncertainty and complexity of a modern grid.
  • Resilient and Secure Systems

    This technical area aims to meet physical and cybersecurity challenges, analyze asset criticality and associated risks, and provide situational awareness and incident support during energy-related emergencies.