in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mismanaged millions of dollars in funding for the Smart Grid Demonstration Program, finds a new audit report from DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman. The program, funded with approximately $700 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was created to help modernize the nation's electricity grid.

The audit reviewed 11 projects that were awarded $279 million in ARRA funding and $10 million in non-ARRA funding. According to the report, Friedman identified weaknesses in reimbursement requests, cost-share contributions and coordination efforts with other DOE programs - representing approximately $12.3 million in questioned costs.

The report says the DOE sometimes failed to properly review and monitor financial transactions. For example, the department approved several requests for reimbursement to recipients that lacked proper documentation.

According to Friedman, the DOE agrees with the report’s findings and plans to take corrective actions to improve the program’s management and resolve questioned costs.

To read the full audit report, click here.




Hse SandyHook
Latest Top Stories

DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind power continues to play a larger role in the U.S.' energy mix and is the cheapest it has ever been in the country.


Survey Reveals What U.S. Consumers Expect From Their Utilities

GE's new survey measures Americans' views on the state and future of the grid, as well as how much extra consumers would be willing to pay for better power reliability.


How A GIS Can Help Utilities Address The Aging Workforce And Capitalize On Data

Baby Boomers, whose experience and know-how have served the utility industry so well for decades, are retiring. The author suggests utilities can use a geographic information system (GIS) to fill in resultant knowledge gaps.


Sensus Smart Meters Tied To More Overheating Incidents And Fires

SaskPower is investigating two new meter failures, and Portland General Electric is working to replace 70,000 Sensus units amid fire concerns.


SaskPower Halts Smart Meter Installations Following Fires

The Canadian utility has suspended its smart meter deployment as it investigates half a dozen fires associated with the meters.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180