President Biden has laid out aggressive goals in our fight against the climate crisis: 100% clean energy by 2035, and net-zero carbon emissions across the economy by 2050. That means the nation needs to add hundreds and hundreds of gigawatts of clean energy to the grid, and continue building modernized, resilient energy infrastructure that can bring it to communities that need it most.
The FY 2022 Budget Request for the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity will help us develop innovative grid technologies, protect ourselves against physical and cyber threats, upgrade and expand our transmission capacity, and electrify everything we can. It will help us strengthen our cybersecurity with advanced R&D, expand the development of power electronics for next generation transformers, accelerate microgrid building blocks, grow grid-scale energy storage—and set long-term transformational strategies to decarbonize the electric grid, and guide us into our clean energy future.
The Office of Electricity’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request has several focus areas:
- Transmission Reliability and Resilience so we can address challenges across integrated energy systems, support measurement and controls R&D for the electricity system and develop pathways to achieve an equitable transition to decarbonization and electrification.
- Resilient Distribution Systems so we can develop transformative technologies that will modernize the electric distribution system to support innovative clean energy solutions like electric vehicles, connected homes and buildings, solar, and energy storage.
- Energy Storage so we can develop technologies like open-source analytic tools to address issues around energy storage planning, sizing, placement, valuation, and societal and environmental impacts, all while ensuring the stability, reliability, and resilience of our electricity infrastructure.
- Cyber R&D so we can accelerate and expand efforts to strengthen our electricity infrastructure against cyber threats while mitigating vulnerabilities.
- Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components so we can innovate physical grid hardware that carries, controls, and converts electricity, and adapts the electricity delivery system to the ever-evolving electric power grid—laying the foundation for domestic transformer manufacturing.
- Energy Delivery Grid Operations Technology so we can support public–private partnerships to develop national-scale energy planning and real-time situational awareness capabilities, by focusing on developing large, networked communication and data infrastructures across utility service territories.