The Transmission Division supports innovative efforts in transmission reliability and clean energy analysis and programs, and energy infrastructure and risk analysis in support of the Administration’s priorities to enhance grid resilience. 

Grid Infrastructure, Permitting and Technical Assistance Team

  • Provides technical assistance to state and local governments, regions, communities, and tribal entities to develop electricity policies around supply chain risk, energy storage, grid architecture, distribution planning, and wholesale electricity markets.
  • Addresses risks associated with energy infrastructure interdependencies, incorporating grid modernization and resilience into technology and infrastructure decision processes.
  • Leads and implements authorities related to designation of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors and coordinates with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on long-term reliability assessments.
  • Implements DOE authorities such as the Federal Power Act which authorizes DOE to coordinate Federal transmission facilities siting determinations for entities seeking permits, special use authorizations, certifications, opinions, or other approvals required under Federal law.
  • Manages presidential permitting of cross-border electric transmission facilities and evaluates authorizations to export electricity from the United States.

Transmission Planning and Transmission Facilitation Team

  • Through the Building a Better Grid Initiative, administers:
    • BIL-supported $2.5 billion Transmission Facilitation Program to support the development of nationally significant transmission lines, increase resilience by connecting regions of the country, and improve access to cheaper clean energy sources
    • IRA-supported $760 million Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grants program to support states and local communities in siting and permitting of interstate or offshore electricity transmission lines
    • IRA-supported Transmission Facility Financing program, which will provide $2 billion in direct loan authority for facility financing for projects designated by the Secretary to be necessary in the national interest under section 216(a) of the Federal Power Act (FPA)
  • Identifies transmission that can inform regional and interregional planning processes and identify interregional and national strategies through the National Transmission Planning Study
  • Convenes a broad range of Atlantic offshore wind (OSW) transmission stakeholders to identify strategies to support sustainable and equitable development of OSW transmission while minimizing impacts to ocean co-users and marine environments and creating benefits for coastal and underserved communities, and the Nation as a whole.
  • Evaluates coordinated transmission solutions to enable OSW energy deployment along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, addressing gaps in existing analyses in the Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study. This work is done in conjunction with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.