Policy Matters: Federal

The Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

Affordable, clean, and secure energy and energy services are essential for improving U.S. economic productivity, enhancing our quality of life, protecting our environment, and ensuring our Nation's security. To help the federal government meet these energy goals, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on January 9, 2014, directing the administration to conduct a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As described in the President’s Climate Action Plan,this first-ever review focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions. The Presidential Memorandum created an interagency task force co-chaired by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. The Department of Energy helped coordinate interagency activities and provided policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement.


The QER will provide a multiyear roadmap that outlines Federal energy policy objectives, legislative proposals to Congress, Executive actions, and financing and incentive programs. The first installment of the QER focuses on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure (TS&D), the network that links energy supplies to intermediate and end users. The enormous investments in TS&D infrastructure influence supply and end use patterns, policies, investments and practices over the course of decades. Once built, the TS&D infrastructure is relatively inflexible and therefore becomes to some extent deterministic of supply and end uses.  For all energy infrastructure, the QER analyses will consider the impacts of transformations in energy supply, markets, and patterns of end use; issues of aging and capacity; impacts of climate change; cyber and physical threats; and vulnerabilities related to growing interdependencies of energy systems with water, telecommunications, transportation, and emergency response systems. For more information, download a copy of the slideshow  Quadrennial Energy Review: Scope, Goals, Vision, Approach, Outreach

The full report will be published on this website along with public comments and supporting documents.  


Achieving the goals of the QER requires active engagement of external stakeholders, from state and local governments, tribes, large and small businesses, to universities, national laboratories, nongovernmental and labor organizations, and other interested parties. DOE hosted thirteen stakeholder engagement meetings across the country to gather public input for the QER.  Expert panelists spoke on specific energy infrastructure issues and each session allowed time for remarks from the public. A transcript of each meeting and public comments is posted on this website. The final date to submit public comments on the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review was October 10, 2014.

The entirety of all comments received in response to the Quadrennial Energy Review will be publicly available.


EPSA prepared a number of reports, analyses and technical workshops to inform our work for the QER. These documents provide an in-depth look on a range of topics from resilience metrics to demand resources and transmission requirements. In the days ahead, these materials will be posted here.