The Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grants program is a $760 million investment through the Inflation Reduction Act to support states and local communities in the siting and permitting of interstate and offshore electricity transmission lines.
Request for Information
On January 13, 2023, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to stakeholders seeking requesting information from stakeholders regarding issues related to the provision of grants to facilitate the siting of interstate and offshore electricity transmission lines, including possible tools and resources that may reduce the time for siting authorities to reach decisions, and opportunities to increase community engagement and reduce conflicts that can stall siting processes.
DOE is particularly interested in understanding how the Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grants program can:
- Identify, develop, and deploy resources and tools that improve the efficiency of siting and permitting proceedings, helping to reduce the time it takes to reach decisions on proposed electric transmission projects.
- Increase community and stakeholder engagement in siting and permitting processes, create quality jobs and ensure workforce continuity, address local community needs and impacts, and reduce conflicts that can stall the development of needed electric transmission infrastructure.
- Identify and prioritize economic development projects in communities that may be affected by the construction and operation of covered transmission projects, including disadvantaged, underserved, and frontline communities.
- Identify opportunities, strategies, and approaches to advance environmental justice and equity in disadvantaged communities impacted by siting of transmission projects and to increase the resilience of power delivery.
Information collected from this RFI will be used for program planning purposes and in the development of a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement.
A public webinar held on January 25, 2023 provided additional information.
Responses to this Request for Information should be sent to GDOIRASection50152@hq.doe.gov no later than 5pm EST on February 28, 2023, and include “RFI for Transmission Siting Grants” in the subject line of the email.