Biden's Infrastructure Law: Energy & Sustainability Implications
- Jan 11, 2022 4:07 pm GMT
Carbon Capture Infrastructure
To mitigate the most severe impacts of the climate crisis, many scientists have emphasized the importance of not only reducing emissions, but also removing carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon capture technologies are crucial to this effort - and Biden's infrastructure bill may provide the funding necessary to realize carbon removal solutions. The Law allocates
Alternative Energy Sources
The Law provides approximately
The funds for battery storage technologies are split between battery material processing grants and manufacturing and recycling grants, with additional funds available for a battery recycling prize and programs at the
The funds available for hydroelectric facilities and technologies come in the form of production incentives, efficiency improvements, maintenance and enhancement of hydroelectric facilities by improving grid resiliency, improving dam safety and environmental improvements. The Law allocates
The clean energy demonstration projects aim to demonstrate the viability of clean energy projects on current and former mine land in a manner compatible with any existing operations.5 The
The Law also amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permit offshore energy storage. This change allows for the incorporation of energy storage technologies into future offshore energy development, such as battery storage for offshore wind.7
The Law aims to provide a transformative investment in the nation's electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. It includes
The Law reflects the
Federal agencies, such as the
Additionally, not all governmental bodies will prioritize reduction of carbon emissions, or funding of research, development and deployment of alternative energy technologies or other climate technologies. While a substantial amount of funds are dedicated directly towards advancing the development, piloting or researching of the climate technologies described above, much of the funds are not allocated specifically toward such endeavors. State and local governments will have broad discretion to utilize the funds disbursed to them. Relevant industry participants, climate technology companies, and other private parties should follow the developments at relevant government agencies closely to determine if any funds will become available to them.
1. FACT SHEET: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Boosts Clean Energy Jobs, Strengthens Resilience, and Advances Environmental Justice,
6. Grant and Kramer, supra note 4.
8. FACT SHEET: The Biden-?Harris Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan,
10. Grant and Kramer, supra note 4.
11. FACT SHEET: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Boosts Clean Energy Jobs, Strengthens Resilience, and Advances Environmental Justice, supra note 1.
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