News Release

Release Date: January 10, 2017

Second Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review Released


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On January 6, 2017, the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System.” The second installment (QER 1.2) finds the electricity system is a critical and essential national asset, and it is a strategic imperative to protect and enhance the value of the electricity system through modernization and transformation.

The electricity sector is experiencing rapid changes that are testing traditional regulatory frameworks and creating new and more complex interdependencies. Almost every economic sector relies on a more interconnected, data-driven, and electricity-dependent system. The increased digitization of the electricity sector brings multiple consumer and system benefits, and creates new and more severe vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks.

QER 1.2 analyzes trends and issues confronting the Nation’s electricity sector out to 2040, examining the entire electricity system from generation to end use, and within the context of three overarching national goals: (1) enhance economic competitiveness, (2) promote environmental responsibility, and (3) provide for the Nation’s security. The report provides 76 recommendations that seek to enable the modernization and transformation of the electricity system.

The first installment of the QER, “Energy Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure,” was published in April 2015 and focused on the infrastructures that transmit, store, and distribute our energy—the pipes, wires, rail, highways, and waterways, and associated vessels, vehicles, and rolling stock—without which the Nation’s energy systems would not function.

Of the initial report’s 63 recommendations, 21 are fully or partially reflected in Federal law and 29 have been fully implemented through actions by the Administration. The bipartisan support that many recommendations received on Capitol Hill underscores the shared interest of Congress and the Administration to improve the Nation’s energy infrastructure.

To review the report and related analyses, visit energy.gov/QER.


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