The Grid Deployment Office (GDO) works to provide electricity to everyone, everywhere by maintaining and investing in critical generation facilities to ensure resource adequacy and improving and expanding transmission and distribution systems.
Working in strong partnership with energy sector stakeholders on a variety of grid initiatives, GDO supports the resilience of our Nation’s electric system and deployment of transmission and distribution infrastructure to ensure all communities have access to reliable, affordable electricity. GDO’s priority is to develop and deploy innovative grid modernization solutions to achieve the Administration’s clean energy goals and mitigate climate change impacts while ensuring the availability of clean, firm generation capacity, like hydroelectric and nuclear energy.
Many of GDO’s activities are administered through the Building a Better Grid Initiative. Supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), this initiative is identifying national transmission needs and supporting the buildout of long-distance, high voltage transmission facilities that are critical to reaching President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a zero-emissions economy by 2050.
GDO works within the Transmission, Power Generation Assistance, and Grid Modernization Divisions to leverage unique authorities to drive transmission investment, improve resource adequacy, improve transmission and distribution system resilience, and provide access to expertise, capabilities, and technical assistance on a variety of transformational grid modernization and market strategies.
The Transmission Division contains two teams – Grid Infrastructure, Permitting and Technical Assistance and Transmission Planning and Transmission Facilitation - which together execute the Division’s mission and fully utilize its unique tools and authorities for coordination, planning, financing, and permitting to drive transmission investment. The Transmission Development Division is also managing the BIL-directed Transmission Facilitation Program.
Grid Modernization Division
The Grid Modernization Division is responsible for developing activities that prevent outages and enhance the resilience of the electric grid while serving as the catalyst for the development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines nationwide. This Division manages the Grid Resilience Formula Grants for States and Tribes and the Grid Innovation Partnership Programs, which includes the Grid Resilience Industry Grants, the Smart Grid Grants Program, and, in conjunction with DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Deployment, the Innovative Grid Innovation Program.
The Grid Modernization Deployment Division also manages the Territory and Recovery Assistance work. This work is primarily focused on helping Puerto Rico reach their renewable energy target of 100% by 2050, while reducing the use of fossil fuels, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, and maintaining initiatives that focus on mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.
Power Generation Assistance Division
- The Hydroelectric Incentives program will oversee an investment of more than $750 million in existing hydroelectric facilities to improve efficiency, maintain dam safety, reduce environmental impacts, and ensure generators continue to provide emission-free electricity.
- The Civil Nuclear Credit program will oversee a $6 billion investment to prevent premature retirement of existing zero-carbon nuclear plants. The program is available for plants that would otherwise retire and are certified as safe to continue operations.