The Grid Deployment Office works within the Transmission, Grid Modernization, and Power Generation Assistance Divisions to leverage unique authorities to drive transmission investment, improve resource adequacy by maintaining and investing in critical generation facilities, 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. 

Transmission Division

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 utilizes its unique tools and authorities for coordination, planning, financing, and permitting to drive transmission investment. The Transmission 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 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 Grid Innovation Program. 

The Grid Modernization 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

ThePower Generation Assistance Division includes two programs – the Civil Nuclear Credit program and the Hydroelectric Incentives program, both supported by the BIL. 

  • 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.