As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of nine states and three tribal nations to receive a total of $207.6 million in Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants. These grants, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by DOE’s Grid Deployment Office, aim to modernize the electric grid and enhance its resilience against climate-driven extreme weather and natural disasters, ensuring reliable and clean electricity for all communities.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm emphasized the importance of renewable energy in strengthening the nation’s grid resilience, stating that the funding “will help modernize the electric grid to reduce impacts of extreme weather and natural disasters while enhancing power sector reliability.” With this announcement, the DOE has distributed a total of $324 million in Grid Resilience Formula Grants since May 2023, supporting the Biden Administration’s ambitious clean energy goals.
California, one of the selected recipients, will utilize its $67.5 million grant to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages while advancing its goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy. The funding will support resilience solutions that deploy zero-carbon energy resources and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, ensuring that clean, safe, affordable, and reliable energy benefits reach all communities, especially those in disadvantaged and critical energy resilience areas.