United States : Biden Administration Announces $2.3 Billion for States and Tribes to Strengthen and Modernize Americas Power Grid
- Jul 14, 2022 4:11 pm GMT
President Bidens Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides Historic Investments to Build State and Tribal Electricity Grids Resilient to Climate Change, Deploy Cheaper and Cleaner Energy
Every community deserves a strong and reliable energy grid that can deploy cleaner, cheaper power to homes and businesses, said
Power outages from severe weather have doubled over the past two decades across the
The Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid formula grant program will provide
Utility pole upkeep and removal of trees and other vegetation affecting grid performance
Undergrounding electrical equipment
Relocating or reconductoring powerlines
Improvements to make the grid resistant to extreme weather
Increasing fire resistant components
Implementing monitoring, controls, and advanced modeling for real-time situational awareness
Integrating distributed energy resources like microgrids and energy storage
Applicants will be asked to describe the concrete outcomes they intend to seek, and commit to specific progress metrics, such as reducing or shortening outages from severe events or by reducing risks to health and safety from such outages. The funding program will make awards to states, territories or tribes representing diverse sets of populations, including underserved and disadvantaged communities, following through on the Biden Administrations Justice40 commitment to provide 40% of the benefits from climate investments to frontline communities.
Under this program, priority will be given to projects that will generate the greatest community benefit, whether rural or urban, in reducing the likelihood and consequences of blackouts and power shutdowns because of extreme weather or other disruptive events like cyberattacks. Projects should also drive the creation of good-paying union jobs with a focus on high labor standards and the free and fair chance for workers to join a union.
The application deadline is
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