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2023

  • December 14 – Announced GDO’s intent to open the next round of Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants in January 2024. Supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by GDO, these grants help modernize the electric grid to reduce the impacts of climate-driven extreme weather and natural disasters while also ensuring the reliability of the power sector. This next round of grants will focus on fiscal year 2024 allocations.
     
  • November 29 - Selected community groups and nonprofits to receive up to $13.85 million through the Puerto Rico Energy Resilience Fund (PR-ERF) to help vulnerable households in Puerto Rico obtain residential solar and battery storage installations and provide residents with education and consumer protection services. Also selected 16 community organizations to take part in the PR-ERF's $3.85 million Solar Ambassador Prize and assist in identifying, engaging, and assisting with intake processing of qualifying households for solar panel and battery storage installations.
     
  • November 14 - Opened the $3.9 billion second funding opportunity under the Grid Resilience Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program to focus on projects that will improve electric transmission by increasing funding and advancing interconnection processes for faster build out of energy projects, create comprehensive solutions that link grid communications systems and operations to increase resilience and reduce power outages and threats, and deploy advanced technologies such as distributed energy resources and battery systems to provide essential grid services.
     
  • November 2 - Unveiled solar companies and nonprofits selected to receive up to $440 million through the PR-ERF to install rooftop solar and battery storage systems for vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico, helping to lower energy bills and improve energy resilience for up to 40,000 single-family households.
     
  • October 30 - Committed $1.3 billion in capacity contracts through the Transmission Facilitation Program to three transmission lines that will add 3.5 gigawatts (GW) of additional grid capacity while crossing six states. At the same time, released the final National Transmission Needs Study to provide insight into where the grid would benefit from increased transmission.
     
  • October 18 - Invested $3.46 billion through the GRIP Program in 58 projects across 44 states that will bring more than 35 GW of new renewable energy online, invest in 400 microgrids, and maintain and create good-paying union jobs with three out of four projects partnering with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
     
  • October 12 - Matched 29 Clean Energy Innovator Fellows, including recent graduates and early career energy professionals, with critical energy organizations across 17 states, as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to provide on-the-job training and professional development opportunities in a wide range of topics including clean energy integration, expanding electric vehicle charging, Tribal energy sovereignty, distribution-level grid services, and grid resilience and energy planning.
     
  • October 11 - Provided almost $37 million in Hydroelectric Production Incentive payments for electricity generated and sold to 66 hydro facilities throughout the country.
     
  • September 29 - Announced a $9 million investment to improve state and regional participation in wholesale electricity markets by providing technical and financial assistance through the Wholesale Electricity Market Studies and Engagement Program to develop, expand, and improve wholesale electricity markets, enabling states to provide critical insight into market design, expansion, and improvement activities, including interregional transmission infrastructure development.
     
  • September 28 – Awarded more than $750 million in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and 2023 Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants to 48 states, 49 tribal entities, three territories, and the District of Columbia to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by the climate crisis. 
     
  • September 19 - Following a series of convening workshops held from April 2022 to March 2023, released An Action Plan for Offshore Wind Transmission Development in the U.S. Atlantic Region, that outlines immediate actions needed to connect the first generation of Atlantic offshore wind projects onto the electric grid, and longer-term efforts to support needed transmission over the next several decades and announced the launch of the Tribal Nation Technical Assistance Program for Offshore Wind Transmission offering education and training resources to support engagement in offshore wind planning and created in direct response to tribal input.
     
  • August 29 - Launched the first funding opportunity of the Transmission Siting and Economic Development (TSED) Grants program, a $760 million investment through the Inflation Reduction Act to support states and local communities in the siting and permitting of interstate and offshore electricity transmission lines. The first funding opportunity will award up to $300 million across the nation.
     
  • May 8 - Began accepting applications for $554 million in Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives to maintain and enhance hydroelectric facilities, ensuring generators continue to provide clean, affordable electricity, while integrating additional renewable energy resources and reduce environmental impacts.
     
  • March 22 - Announced over $200 million in hydroelectric incentives, including $125 million in Hydroelectric Production Incentives for qualified hydroelectric facilities for electricity generated and sold in calendar years 2021 and 2022 and $75 million in Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives to enable the implementation of capital improvements to boost efficiency. 
     
  • March 2 - Released application guidance for the second award cycle of the Civil Nuclear Credit Program, a $6 billion investment made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to prevent the premature retirement of nuclear reactors across the country.
     
  • February 20 – Announced the formation of the $1 billion PR-ERF and issued a Request for Information to gather feedback from stakeholders in Puerto Rico on how to allocate the funds. Established by the Fiscal Year 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the PR-ERF seeks to drive key investments in renewable and resilient energy infrastructure in Puerto Rico. 
     
  • January 23 – In conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), released a one-year progress report for the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transition to 100% Renewable (PR100) Study. PR100, which launched in February 2022 with funding from FEMA, is a two-year study designed to help inform infrastructure investments that will provide Puerto Rico with clean, reliable, and affordable power. The study aims to generate community-driven pathways to meet Puerto Rico’s target of 100% renewable electricity by 2050 and improving the resilience of the power system against future extreme weather events. 
     
  • January 13 – Formally launched the TSED Grants program, a $760 million investment through the Inflation Reduction Act to support states and local communities in the siting and permitting of interstate and offshore electricity transmission. As a first step in program development, DOE issued a Request for Information on grant provision, possible tools and resources to reduce time for siting authorities to make decisions, and opportunities to increase community engagement.

  • November 21 – Selected Diablo Canyon near Avila Beach, California to receive a conditional award of up to $1.1 billion from the first round Civil Nuclear Credit program.
     
  • November 18 – Opened the application period for the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnership programs, a $10.5 billion effort to enhance grid flexibility and improve the resilience of the power system against growing threats of extreme weather and climate change. GRIP includes three program.
     
  • November 18 – Opened the application period for the $2.5 billion Transmission Facilitation Program, an innovative revolving fund to help overcome the financial hurdles facing large-scale new transmission lines, upgrades of existing transmission lines.
     
  • November 2 – Selected Agustín Carbó to serve as the Director for the new Puerto Rico Grid Modernization and Recovery Team (PR Grid Modernization Team) that supports Puerto Rico in rebuilding an electricity grid that is more resilient, more secure, and capable of supporting 100% clean electricity by 2050.
     
  • September 9 – Announced a distribution of $13.5 million in incentive payments to 55 hydroelectric facilities through the Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program which supports hydropower development by providing funding for electricity generated and sold from dams and other water infrastructure throughout the United States that add or expand hydroelectric power generating capabilities.
     
  • August 30 – Launched the BIL-supported Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnership (GRIP) Program to enhance grid flexibility and improve the resilience of the power system against growing threats of extreme weather and climate change.
     
  • August 10 – Opened the new Grid Deployment Office 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.
     
  • July 21 – Held a Six-Month Progress Update Webinar for the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Study (PR100), a community-driven and locally tailored roadmap to help Puerto Rico meet its target of 100% renewable electricity, improve power sector resiliency, and increase access to more affordable energy and cleaner air.
     
  • July 6 – Opened the application period for States, Tribal nations, and territories to apply for the $2.3 billion Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants designed to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters exacerbated by the climate crisis.
     
  • June 30 – Kicked off the nearly $630 million in investments in Hydroelectric Incentives to modernize the nation’s hydropower facilities and produce more clean, affordable power. The funding will cover capital improvement projects that will make hydropower facilities more energy efficient and resilient.
     
  • June 28 – Held the first in a series of stakeholder convenings focusing on Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission to collect input and collaborate on strategies to enable the development of sustainable and equitable offshore wind transmission that minimizes impacts to ocean co-users and marine environments and creates benefits for coastal and underserved communities, and the Nation as a whole.
     
  • May 10 – Launched the BIL-supported Transmission Facilitation Program, an innovative revolving fund program that will provide Federal support to overcome the financial hurdles to large-scale new transmission lines and upgrade existing transmission as well as the connection of microgrids in select States and U.S. territories.
     
  • February 11 – Established the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit Program to support the continued operation of U.S. nuclear reactors to help avoid premature retirements of nuclear reactors across the country.
     
  • February 2 – Initiated a new effort to accelerate work to strengthen Puerto Rico’s grid resilience and advance new initiatives with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Homeland Security (DHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
     
  • January 12 – Launched the Building a Better Grid Initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines.