Happy New Year!
I am incredibly proud of the Grid Deployment Office team for accomplishing so much this past year. From launching many transformative activities to bringing more than 50 people onboard to lead this important work, GDO has showcased this Administration’s commitment to bringing resilient, reliable, clean, and affordable electricity to all Americans. Our momentum will only continue as we build upon our new programs funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and begin to stand up new activities enabled by the Inflation Reduction Act.
We are kicking off 2023 with a series of public events and deadlines and invite you to join us as we continue our mission 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.
News and Updates
Grid Deployment Office to Celebrate the First Anniversary of the Building a Better Grid Initiative
On January 12, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Building a Better Grid Initiative to identify national transmission and distribution needs and support deployment to create a cleaner and more resilient and reliable grid. The Grid Deployment Office (GDO) will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Building a Better Grid Initiative by highlighting GDO programs and initiatives through our blog and social media channels.
Follow us on LinkedIn for more details on our upcoming anniversary celebration.
Grid Deployment Office Amends ALRD for Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants
On January 5, 2023, the Department of Energy issued an amendment to the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) for the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant program to include Year 2 funding allocations. This amendment provides eligible entities access to $459 million in Year 2 funding, in addition to the Year 1 funding previously allocated.
Supported by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered through the Building a Better Grid Initiative, the grant program is focused on strengthening and modernizing America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by climate change. The grant program will distribute funding to States, federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Regional Corporations, and Alaska Native Village Corporations, and Territories.
Concept Paper Deadline Approaches for the Grid Innovation Program
Concept Papers for the Grid Innovation Program are due January 13 and are a required first step in the application process. The program will distribute $5 billion in financial assistance to States, Tribes, local governments, and public utility commissions to collaborate with electric sector owners and operators to deploy projects that use innovative approaches to enhance grid resilience and reliability. Learn more on the updated Frequently Asked Questions page.
Concept Papers for the other Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program funding mechanisms (the Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants and Smart Grid Grants) closed on December 16, 2022. DOE will share their response to submitted Concept Papers for the two opportunities in February 2023.
Subscribe to the GDO Newsletter
Did you know that GDO offers subscriptions to program-specific news and updates? Make sure you opt-in to receive program specific information about funding opportunities, webinars, requests for information, and more. Specific programs include:
· Building a Better Grid Initiative and Transmission Planning
· Civil Nuclear Credits
· Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program
· Hydroelectric Incentives
· Information for States and Tribes
· National Transmission Planning Study
· Puerto Rico Efforts
GDO is Hiring
Apply now to join the Grid Deployment Office team! We are looking for individuals who are committed to ensuring all communities have access to reliable, affordable electricity by supporting the resilience of our Nation’s electric system and modernizing and expanding our transmission and distribution infrastructure. Positions are available across the country and many opportunities offer the ability to work remotely.
For more details on career options and the application process, visit our career page.
Grid and Transmission Program Conductor
Unsure of where to get started with DOE’s many funding opportunities for grid improvements? Visit the Grid and Transmission Program Conductor and use the interactive feature to navigate through available financing mechanisms and initiatives to find the program that is best for you.
Acting as a clearinghouse for GDO’s transmission and grid resilience funding opportunities, the Conductor’s goal is to provide resources and open lines of communication to maximize the effectiveness of these programs and catalyze the development of a resilient, modern grid and transmission infrastructure for a reliable, affordable, and clean energy future.
Visit the Grid and Transmission Program Conductor today.
Register for the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transition to 100% Renewable Energy (PR100) Study Webinar
Join the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transition to 100% Renewable Energy (PR100) study webinar on January 23, 2023, from 12:00–1:15 p.m. AST (11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. EST) for an update on progress made during the first year of the PR100 study Led by the Department of Energy (DOE), PR100 is generating community-driven pathways to achieving resilient, reliable, and affordable electricity for all residents of Puerto Rico, which has committed to meeting its electricity needs with 100% renewable energy by 2050.
GDO to Present at Upcoming Tribal Energy Webinar
The Grid Deployment Office will join the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs on January 25, 2023, from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. MST (1:00-3:30 p.m. EST) for the first session of the 2023 Tribal Energy Webinar Series.
Attend to learn about some of the current federal funding opportunities available for Tribes and Tribal energy projects, including GDO's $2.3 billion Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant program.
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Recent Meeting Materials
Grid Resilience Innovation Partnerships Program Funding Opportunity Informational Webinar
Transmission Facilitation Program Solicitation Informational Webinar