DOE Seeks Feedback on Current Resources Available to Help States, Territories, and Tribes Improve Grid Resilience and Bolster Implementation of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy today issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback from industry and university stakeholders on the existing tools and resources available to bolster the capabilities of states, territories, and Tribes to execute plans that will enhance the resilience of their electric grids.  The responses from today’s RFI will help establish DOE’s Grid Resilience Planning and Resource Hub — a new resource funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will accelerate the deployment of transformative projects to help ensure the reliability of the grid, so all American communities have access to affordable, reliable, clean electricity anytime, anywhere.     
 
Regions across America are increasing planning efforts to strengthen their electricity distribution system.  Incorporating resilience and equity considerations is essential to this process. However, the individual requirements, priorities and challenges vary widely by region. Understanding how existing tools, resources, and technical assistance approaches have been leveraged to support past grid resilience planning will be valuable to states, territories, and Tribes when developing new strategies to improve the resilience of their electric grid against disruptive events likes wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by the climate crisis.  

Today’s RFI seeks information about capabilities including:  

  • Forecasting tools to determine electricity demand and the implications of distributed energy resources adoption. 
  • Risk assessment processes to examine risks and their impacts on energy infrastructure, essential human services (e.g., water supply and emergency services), and vulnerable populations in order to prioritize resilience investments. 
  • Modeling and simulation capabilities that can determine the severity and impact of threats on energy and electricity infrastructure at national, regional, and local levels. 
  • Multi-objective decision analysis methods to enable the prioritization of electric infrastructure investment options across a range of policy objectives. 

Feedback collected through this RFI will be used to develop the implementation strategy for the Grid Resilience Planning and Resource Hub. Comments must be received by November 21, 2022, by 5 p.m. EDT and can be submitted by emailing 40101TA@hq.doe.gov.