Office: Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Funding amount: $1,000,000,000

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

Funding Mechanism: Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Other

New Program: Yes

Recipients: Cities, towns, or unincorporated areas with populations of not more than 10,000 inhabitants.

Description: 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.

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: Estimated application opening date, 3rd quarter 2022.