Encouraging Grid Innovation with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
- May 24, 2022 6:30 pm GMT
This item is part of the Innovation In the Electric Power Industry - May 2022 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
The Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is intended, at a high level, to improve U.S. infrastructure, mitigate climate change, and modernize our country’s energy systems – in the process, it’s also expected to create jobs. One particular component of the IIJA, Section 40107, presents a unique opportunity to help utilities and other participants in the energy system embrace innovation and pioneer new technologies and practices that can enable them to modernize and strengthen their operations.
How can this be accomplished? A key focus of 40107 is around the digitalization of utilities and encouraging investment in new technologies, like smart grid capabilities and utility analytics, that can lead to faster, more intelligent, and automated decision-making and promote resiliency. Section 40107 also supports exploration into emerging challenges, such as the integration of large-scale EV charging infrastructure (and associated loads) into grids.
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