On February 24, DOE hosted a webinar providing details about a Request for Information regarding the “Building a Better Grid” Initiative (BBGI). Launched on January 12, 2022, the BBGI aims to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines by:

  • Engaging and collaborating with states, tribal nations, communities, and stakeholders to accelerate transmission deployment
  • Enhancing transmission planning to identify high-priority areas and conducting national-scale transmission planning analysis for long-term investment
  • Deploying more than $20 billion in federal financing tools
  • Facilitating an efficient permitting process by coordinating with federal agencies to streamline permitting, using public private partnerships, and designating corridors
  • Performing transmission-related research and development to continue developing and reducing the costs of technologies that enable the transmission system to be used more efficiently

Speakers included:

  • Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm
  • Patricia A. Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
  • Michelle Manary, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
  • Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
  • Jigar Shah, Loan Program Office
  • Tracey LeBeau, Western Area Power Administration 

For questions, please contact ElectricityDelivery@hq.doe.gov.

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DOE Tools for Building a Better Grid Webinar

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