Assistant Secretary of Energy for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability


Assistant Secretary of Energy for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

The Assistant Secretary of Energy for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is the head of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability within the United States Department of Energy. The Office leads efforts to modernize the electric grid. It does this through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability, and through the management of research, development, and demonstration activities for "next generation" electric grid infrastructure technologies.cite web | title="Department of Energy - Kevin M. Kolevar" | url=http://www.oe.energy.gov/706.htm | accessdate= September 25 | accessyear= 2007 ]

The responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary have included analysis of electricity congestion, the designation of draft National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors, the coordination of energy corridors across federal lands, and workforce issues related to the electricity utility industry. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability also works with the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to enhance the security of the nation's critical energy infrastructure.

The Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Assistant Secretary is paid at level IV of the Executive Schedule, [cite web | title="US CODE: Title 42,7133. Assistant Secretaries; appointment and confirmation; identification of responsibilities" | url=http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00007133----000-.html | accessdate= September 25 | accessyear= 2007 ] meaning he or she receives a basic annual salary of $143,000. [cite web | title="Salary Table 2006-EX" | url=http://www.opm.gov/oca/06tables/html/ex.asp | accessdate= September 25 | accessyear= 2007 ] The incumbent Assistant Secretary is Kevin Kolevar, who was confirmed in August 2007. He had led the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability since its creation in February 2005 as its Director.

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