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Granholm: "DOE is moving quickly to upgrade the nation’s power grid"

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The U.S. Energy Department of Energy issued a request for information for the $10.5 billion Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnership Program.

The program, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered through the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Deployment Office, aims to bolster the American electric grid's strength and reliability, according to an Aug. 30 news release.

“DOE is moving quickly to upgrade the nation’s power grid in order to provide American households with more reliable and affordable electricity that comes from a more diverse set of clean energy sources,” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said in the release. “President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing in improving and expanding transmission and distribution systems across the country, driving down energy costs and generating good-paying jobs.”

According to the release, the RFI is looking for input from U.S. states, Tribes, communities, utilities, project developers and other key stakeholders and parties to help refine the funding opportunity announcement planned for later in the year, as well as to guide the funding's implementation spanning the course of five years to enhance the current electric grid.

Funding will include $2.5 billion in Grid Resilience Grants, $3 billion in Smart Grid Grants and $5 billion for a Grid Innovation Program, the release reported.

"We want to ensure American families have secure, clean, affordable power - and we need your help to do it," U.S. Department of Energy said in an Aug. 30 post on Twitter. "Tell us what you think about a $10+ BILLION Infrastructure Law program that will enhance the resilience and reliability of our electric grid."

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