Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)



The U.S. government initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), following a Presidential Memorandum issued in January of 2014. As part of this effort, the U.S. DOE has requested IEEE to provide insights on a specific set of priority issues.  The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE-USA organizations lead the IEEE response. IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, utilizes synergies among private and public sectors (e.g., utilities, vendors, academia, national labs, regulatory organizations, and other industry participants) to provide unbiased and independent technical leadership to electrical power and energy industry worldwide.

The leaders have engaged a large IEEE volunteer community, including IEEE PES Technical Committees, to support this initiative. The responses are based on recent work by IEEE members and other recent engineering and scientific publications.

Each section addressed in the document and listed below addresses of the DOE QER priority topics:

  1. Effects of renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage in addressing these effects
  2. Utility and other energy company business case issues related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), including rooftop photovoltaics
  3. The technical implications for the grid (bulk and local distribution) of electric vehicle (EV) integration - and the timing you see as necessary to avoid having the grid status slow down any potential progress
  4. The implications and importance of aging infrastructure and the options for addressing these challenges, including asset management
  5. Recommendations for metrics for addressing Smart Grid issues, especially to help policy makers determine the importance and necessity of protocols
  6. Skilled workforce issues
  7. Report cards on the condition and performance of the electric grid -
    This was a lower priority topic not to be addressed in detail. It is planned to be addressed in the future.

The IEEE has delivered to DOE QER:

  • The summary report consisting of individual summaries for each topic, including key findings and recommendations
  • The overall report with detailed information on each topic

This document was extensively reviewed by the IEEE membership, IEEE PES Technical Committees, representatives from various industry organizations, utilities, RTOs, academia, and private companies. The IEEE team incorporated those extremely valuable comments to the best of its abilities while assuring document consistency.

Below are the Summary Report and the full QER Report:

June 2016 - Submission of IEEE Reports in response to the Stakeholder Engagement Process for the Second Installment of the U.S. DOE Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2)

In early 2016, the U.S. DOE initiated the Public Stakeholder process that started work on the second installment of the QER to be titled “An Integrated Study of the Electricity System.” The intent of this second installment is to develop a set of findings and policy recommendations to help guide the modernization of the nation’s electric grid and ensure its continued reliability, safety, security, affordability, and environmental performance through 2040.  

As part of the U.S. DOE Public Stakeholder process, the IEEE membership submited the following reports.

January 2017 - Second Installment of the U.S. DOE Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2)

On January 6, 2017, the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Task Force released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review report 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. 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 PES Technical Policy Support Task Force coordinated input from PES Technical Committees and provided input to the US Department of Energy in regards to the digitization of the electric grid for consideration as the QER 1.2 was developed.

The 2nd installment of the QER 1.2 is available on the US Department of Energy Web webpage

Please contact PES if you have any questions or comments.