25 The INL-led Snake River Geothermal Consortium was one of five groups selected to potentially develop an Enhanced Geothermal Energy field laboratory for DOE-EEREs Geothermal Technologies Office. Phase 1 studies for the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy FORGE are underway. If initial work pans out the group could be one of three selected for Phase 2 which involves up to 29 million in funding. The consortium includes two other DOE national laboratories six universities six private companies and an advisory panel representing regulatory agencies industry and environmental groups. Facilitating technology commercialization The Idaho Department of Commerce established the Idaho Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence ASCE in partnership with INL and CAES. The ASCE will hasten development deployment and commercialization of technologies that advance Idaho competitiveness especially in the area of agriculture technology. CAES provides technical leadership for ASCE and contributes expertise in data science systems engineering policy and regulation. The INL-developed Grid Game teaches students about electric grid complexity resilience. Teaching grid management INL and university researchers developed a desktop simulation that lets users play at managing the electrical power grid. Each Grid Game player gets a client and a virtual grid. Points are earned by providing power and used to buy more grid assets and grow the grid. Its a big balancing act. When a utility generates more power than is in demand machines speed up until circuit breakers shut them down. When demand outpaces generation machines slow down leading to brownouts and blackouts. More sophisticated simulations are available in the industrial sector but the Grid Game is ideal for students and Idahos Meridian Technical Charter High School led a pilot rollout in 2015.