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The U.S. Department of Energy issued a request for information seeking public input on a $1 billion program focused on improving energy systems in rural or remote communities.
Funded by President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas program will be managed by the DOE's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, according to an Oct. 12 news release.
“For America to flourish, rural America must succeed,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in the release. “Thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, DOE is making critical investments in energy infrastructure that strengthens the foundation of rural communities in America.”
The program is an extension of the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to ensuring that all American communities are able to transition to clean energy, the release reported.
The goals of the ERA program include improving the cost-effectiveness of energy generation, transmission, and distribution systems; siting and upgrading transmission and distribution lines; reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy generated by rural or remote areas; providing and modernizing electric generation facilities; developing microgrids; and increasing energy efficiency, according to the release.