The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building a Better Grid Initiative, launched January 12, will catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines, as enabled by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The initiative brings together 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 employ over one million workers across the country. 

As outlined in a new Notice of Intent issued by the Department, Building a Better Grid will support the deployment of nationally significant transmission projects and grid upgrades.

Tools for Building a Better Grid Webinar

On February 24 DOE came together to discuss plans to advance the transmission grid by:

  • Engaging and collaborating with states, tribal nations, communities, and stakeholders to accelerate transmission deployment
  • Enhancing transmission planning to identify high-priority areas and conducting national-scale transmission planning analysis for long-term investment
  • Deploying more than $20 billion in federal financing tools
  • Facilitating an efficient permitting process by coordinating with federal agencies to streamline permitting, using public private partnerships, and designating corridors
  • Performing transmission-related research and development to continue developing and reducing the costs of technologies that enable the transmission system to be used more efficiently

Speakers included:

  • Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm
  • Patricia A. Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
  • Michelle Manary, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
  • Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
  • Jigar Shah, Loan Program Office
  • Tracey LeBeau, Western Area Power Administration 

For questions, please contact ElectricityDelivery@hq.doe.gov.

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DOE Tools for Building a Better Grid Webinar
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