The Grid Innovation Program, also known as the Program Upgrading Our Electric Grid and Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency, is designed to provide federal financial assistance to governmental entities to coordinate and collaborate with electric sector owners and operators to demonstrate innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure to harden and enhance resilience and reliability; and to demonstrate new approaches to enhance regional grid resilience, implemented through states by public and rural electric cooperative entities on a cost-shared basis.
Limited to: State, combination of 2 or more States; Indian Tribes; units of local government, and/or public utility commissions.
Period of Availability:
Available until expended
To qualify, projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Transmission capacity enhancements
- Advanced distribution grid assets and functionality including storage
- Combined systems demonstrating innovative approaches
- Biden-Harris Administration Announces $13 Billion To Modernize And Expand America's Power Grid | Department of Energy
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- DOE Launches New Initiative From President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Modernize National Grid | Department of Energy
Concept papers, a required first step in the application process, for the first funding cycle were due January 13, 2023. Full applications are due May 19, 2023.
The second round of funding is anticipated to be released in Q1 of FY24.