Center for Grid Security

Center for Grid Security

Center for Grid Security

The nation’s power grid is at a crossroads – arguably in peril. As demands on the grid continue to grow the national electricity infrastructure is becoming less robust and reliable.

A reliable grid delivering abundant, affordable electricity is perhaps the most critical infrastructure needed for economic development and national security. In fact, the National Academy of Engineering ranked electrification the top engineering achievement of the 20th Century – ahead of automobiles, airplanes, and computers.

According to the Department of Energy, the U.S. must expand the electricity transmission system by 60% by 2030 to meet projected demand, which will be driven in large part by the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Yet more than 70% of the nation’s grid transmission lines and power transformers are over 25 years old. Power outages in the US are becoming more frequent and last longer.    Per the Energy Information Administration, the mix of power sources has diversified in recent decades away from fossil fuels but not risen in recent years to keep pace with demand.  As the world shifts to a decarbonized future a lack of adequate transmission jeopardizes America’s ability to bring power from wind and solar rich areas to population centers.

SAFE’s Center for Grid Security provides policy analysis and recommendations to reverse these troubling trends and build out the national electrical infrastructure.  More reliable and affordable power will be necessary to support the mass adoption of electric vehicles and enable America’s reindustrialization.

Our major goals include:

  • A national electric transmission grid that accommodates renewable resources to transmit MWhs from wind and solar rich areas to markets and load centers;
  • A resource generation mix that maintains adequate reserve margins and necessary fuel assurance and reliability to generate power to meet market demand as well as future load growth; and
  • A market structure that compensates generators for their performance in meeting peak demand.

The Center for Grid Security

  • Active engagement with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DoE), and state commissions to support a reliable grid throughout the mid-transition to a net-zero carbon future;
  • Ardent support of market reforms to ensure resource adequacy and adequate compensation for generator performance and availability; and
  • Support for additional cyber and physical security standards to ensure a safe and reliable grid.

The Center for Grid Security will publish a series of reports on different facets of America’s electrical infrastructure. They collectively represent a call to action providing meaningful recommendations to address the threats to our national transmission system.

Danielle Russo, Executive Director of the Center for Grid Security

Danielle Russo is an innovative leader and policy expert focused on aligning energy programs and policy with national interests. Danielle has worked extensively on transmission expansion for national security and overall grid security and resilience planning.

She spent four years as a senior analyst and policy writer supporting the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy Resilience and Optimization (ODASD ER&O), where she focused on policy development and decision making for enhancing military installation energy resilience. While there she worked extensively on various efforts, including energy resilience exercises, energy project planning tools, government partnerships, defense critical electric infrastructure, and more.

Her previous experience also includes supporting energy security programs for the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, and Army Reserve.

In 2020, Danielle won a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for her work supporting black start exercises at military installations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland.


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