November 1, 2018

The ARPA-E GO Competition Challenge 1 begins. Download the official Timeline Document.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced on October 31, 2018, ARPA-E's first ever Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. @SecretaryPerry

October 31, 2018

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced ARPA-E's first ever Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The GO Competition is a series of challenges to develop software management solutions for a resilient and secure American electricity grid. Today marks the beginning of GO Challenge 1, offering up to $4 million in prizes to develop new algorithms to make routing power across the grid faster and more efficient. See Press Release.

October 23, 2018

The Python Evaluation source code,, was made available on GitHub at

Entrants may find the input data parsing done by the Evaluation code (specifically in a useful model for their own code.

August 28, 2018

The most recent version of th Problem Formulation document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Problem Formulation page.

The most recent version  Scoring document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Scoring page.

August 15, 2018

The most recent version of the  Rules document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Rules page.

July 27, 2018

A video of the June 28, 2018 GO Competition Workshop held at FERC is available here.

July 26, 2018

The most recent version  Scoring document for Challenge 1 may be found on the Scoring page.

July 24, 2018

ARPA-E today issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) of up to $5 million for research and development of algorithms to modernize the electric grid. If successful, awardees will participate in Challenge 1 of ARPA-E’s Grid Optimization (GO) Competition, set to launch in fall 2018. See the press release. The FOA (DE-FOA-0001952) can be found at ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcement--select Funding Archive in the upper left and enter the FOA number if the direct link does not work. View the Support Grants for Participation in ARPA-E GO Competition Challenge 1 FOA Document.

July 23, 2018

ARPA-E announces the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 1. View the announcement.

June 28, 2018

The slides presented at the Grid Optimization Competition Workshop held at the conclusion of the FERC Technical Conference are available for download.A video is also available.

June 13, 2018

Daniel S. Kheloussi, Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent an e-mail to people registered for FERC's Ninth Annual Software Conference - June 26-28, 2018 informing them of the ARPA-E GRID OPTIMIZATION COMPETITION WORKSHOP 1:15PM to 3:30PM on June 28, 2018. View the announcement from FERC, and download the workshop details included as attachments (PDF, MSWord).

April 25, 2018

Dr. Kory Hedman, ARPA-E Program Director, provided information about this competition in an e-mail to the Power Globe community on April 25, 2018. View the e-mail.

September 27, 2017

The first (Beta) submission by a GO Competition registered user was made. The code was written in Java.

August 2, 2017

First registration with GO Competition Beta website.

June 15, 2017

Beta version of GO Competition website goes live.

February 2017

The GO Competition was formally announced at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in February 2017.

January 26-27, 2017

ARPA-E holds GRID DATA Annual Technical Review Meeting in San Diego, CA. View the meeting materials.

November 7, 2016

ARPA-E held a 90 minute webinar to directly involve the community, via a Request for Information (RFI), on the design of this competition. The RFI was released October 11, 2016. View a video recording of the webinar.

October 11, 2016

ARPA-E releases a Request for Information (RFI) on Grid Optimization Competition Design. View the RFI pdf.

March 30-31, 2016

ARPA-E holds GRID DATA Kickoff Meeting in Denver, CO. View the meeting materials.

January 15, 2016

ARPA-E announced $11 million in funding for seven transformational projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program, Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA).GRID DATA Program awards announced. View the GRID DATA Program announcement; view the GRID DATA projects.

October 19, 2015

Submission Deadline for Full Applications to GRID DATA Program

June 10, 2015

ARPA-E issues Generating Realistic Information for the Development of Distribution and Transmission Algorithms (GRID DATA) Funding Opportunity Annoucement (FOA). One of the objectives is that "models and repository created in this program may be used as the basis for an ARPA-E OPF algorithm competition." View the FOA (DE-FOA-0001357) pdf.

November 13-14, 2014

ARPA-E holds Advanced Bulk Power System Optimization Technologies Workshop in Arlington, VA. View the workshop materials.