Prepare for federal investments in grid enhancing capabilities in the infrastructure spending package.
Grid Forward is bringing together our membership and other regional stakeholders to collaborate on how to access the significant resources coming from Federal action to invest in grid infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy has seen an influx of resources and capabilities unrivaled since its creation in the 1970s. If you are interested in dialogues on how to organize around any of the following topics please let us know by completing the short form below.
If you have other questions about the potential for significant grid modernization investment (from the reconciliation package or the infrastructure bill) contact Bryce Yonker, Grid Forward executive director.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The infusion of about $1.2 trillion in core capabilities that run our society is unlike any the country has mobilized in decades. Here are more resources for learning about its grid impact.
Grid Forward is organizing members of our community to help create connections that can lead to teams tapping into the funds being released by the Act. We are focused on grid resiliency, grid flexibility (via the Smart Grid Investment Grants) and cybersecurity. There are other energy innovation deployments we can help coordinate (such as long duration storage) with interest from the community. If you’d like to join in peer groups to explore the possibilities, please use the form below. We will put you in contact with group leaders for more information
The energy section of the Act starts out with the programs for investing in hardening the grid to various threats and disturbances. The total investment in this area is $11 billion making it one of the more robust aspects of the act. Funds go to states, utilities and other stakeholders requiring 50% match (or 33% for smaller communities).
The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act created the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program which was one of the core energy efforts of the ARRA from 2008-2013. The Infrastructure Act rekindles this program with $3 billion and expands the eligible areas.
A whole sub-title of the energy title on the infrastructure act is devoted to expanding cyber security capabilities and resources.
The Act is sprinkled with resources for demonstrations and deployments of innovative energy resources from energy storage, hydrogen, carbon capture, nuclear and other assets. We do not plan to have discussions in all of these areas, but are happy to help facilitate interest in any of them.
The Infrastructure Act has numerous additional areas to support capabilities of the grid. We do not plan to have discussions in all of these areas, but are happy to help facilitate interest in any of them.
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