On January 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy launched the “Building a Better Grid”Initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines.

A Notice of Intent was published with additional details.

Building a Better Grid will work with community and industry stakeholders to identify national transmission needs and support the buildout of long-distance, high voltage transmission facilities that are critical to reaching President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a zero emissions economy by 2050. This program will make the U.S. power grid more resilient to the impacts of climate change, increase access to affordable and reliable clean energy, and create good-paying American jobs across industry sectors – boosting transmission jobs which employs over one million workers across the country.