The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is the Department of Energy’s lead agency for managing the nation’s delivery of electricity to homes, businesses and government buildings. OE oversees maintenance and improvement to the US electrical grid to minimize the risk of large blackouts, such as the one that hit large parts of the Midwest and Northeast in 2003. In the wake of that outage, the Bush administration pushed through a controversial provision in the 2005 energy bill that gave the federal government the ability to override local and state government objections to building new power lines and transmission towers.
Utility Could Have Halted '03 Blackout, Panel Says (by Richard Pérez-Peña, New York Times)
to provide technical assistance and other support to help states bolster electricity markets across the country. Key areas include
(by Matthew L. Wald, New York Times)