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Two new federal offices will work in tandem to improve the nation's electrical grid and its facilities while advancing clean-energy technology and reducing energy costs, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced recently.
The Grid Deployment Office and the Office of State and Community Energy Programs were launched by the Biden-Harris administration on Aug. 10, the DOE announced at the time. Funding for the offices comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL); the offices will administered through the DOE's Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, according to the announcement.
"Together, the offices will drive more than $23 billion in investments to modernize and expand capacity of the nation’s power grid," the DOE reports, "and deploy cheaper, cleaner energy across America."
The Grid Deployment Office will invest $17 billion in upgrading the electrical grid to improve reliability and delivery, modernize electricity-generating facilities, manage programs overseeing nuclear power plants, and improving hydropower plants, according to the DOE.
The Office of State and Community Energy Programs, meanwhile, will focus on speeding the availability of clean-energy technologies, reducing energy costs, and strengthening local economies by creating sustainable jobs. The office will manage $6 billion in grants to invest in projects that lower energy costs and increase access to clean energy. The grants are available to states, territories, Tribal nations, local governments, nonprofits and school districts, the DOE reports.
“DOE is moving faster than ever to modernize and upgrade America’s energy infrastructure so that more families and communities can take hold of the benefits that clean, affordable and reliable energy sources offer,” DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in the announcement. “The new offices announced today will help ensure that the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides states, Tribes, and territories with the best practices and proven approaches to drive down energy costs for American households and deliver cleaner air for their communities.”
The DOE celebrated the offices' launch with an enthusiastic social media post.
"BIG NEWS: We're launching new offices!" the DOE wrote on Twitter. "Our Grid Deployment and State & Community Energy Programs offices will continue turning @POTUS' Infrastructure Law into action by helping modernize & expand the grid & accelerate the deployment of clean energy."