The Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas Program is designed, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, to provide financial assistance to improve, in rural or remote areas of the United States, the resilience, safety, reliability, and availability of energy; and environmental protection from adverse impacts of energy generation.

Overview

Office:

Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

New Program:

Yes

Funding amount:

$1,000,000,000

Funding Mechanism:

Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Other

Recipients:

Industry Partners, Utilities, National Laboratories, Universities, State and Local Governments, Community Based Organizations, Tribal, Environmental Groups and cities, towns, or unincorporated areas with populations of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.

Period of Availability:

$200,000,000 appropriated annually for fiscal years 2022 through 2026 (to remain available until expended)

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Eligible Uses

  1. Overall cost-effectiveness of energy generation, transmission, or distribution systems;
  2. siting or upgrading transmission and distribution lines;
  3. reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy generation by rural or remote areas;
  4. providing or modernizing electric generation facilities;
  5. developing microgrids; and
  6. increasing energy efficiency.

Next Milestone

Planning a Request for Information and workshops in Q4 of 2022; planning a funding announcement in Q2 of 2023

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