Historic Investment in Clean Energy
The Biden-Harris Administration announced a $26 million investment to bolster the American clean energy grid in a major move. This funding, part of the President’s Investing in America agenda, supports eight innovative clean energy projects across 15 locations nationwide.
Efforts to Decarbonize the Grid
This initiative accelerates the shift towards a decarbonized grid and expands the adoption of affordable clean energy. It also supports efforts to strengthen America’s energy security amidst the escalating climate crisis.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm emphasized the Administration’s commitment to a resilient, reliable, and renewable-energy-powered grid. The investment signifies a major stride toward achieving a resilient grid that adjusts to evolving demands and ensures reliable power delivery during disruptions.
Solar and Wind Services: Building a Resilient Grid
The Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration program will distribute funds among projects in 13 states and Puerto Rico. The projects aim to demonstrate how clean energy can be reliably transmitted and protect the bulk power system against disruptions.
These projects are part of an effort to develop controls for restoring power swiftly following blackouts. The goal is to maintain an uninterrupted energy supply to communities nationwide.
Driving Toward a Net-Zero Carbon Future
The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory asserts that wind and solar energy could contribute up to 80% of a 100% clean electricity grid. This funding supports the President’s vision of an equitable clean energy future, moving closer to reaching the net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.
Investment in Eight Groundbreaking Projects
Among the selected projects, notable investments include:
Consolidated Edison (New York, NY) will receive $3 million to demonstrate transmission protection strategies that reduce outages as the grid moves toward inverter-based generation.
Electric Power Research Institute (Knoxville, TN) gets $3.4 million to demonstrate grid services across five states.
General Electric Renewable Energy (Schenectady, NY) is awarded $3.5 million to demonstrate grid-forming inverters at the Great Pathfinder wind plant in Iowa.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) secures $2 million to improve transmission grid’s behavior in response to faults.
These investments signify the Administration’s commitment to improving the reliability, resilience, and affordability of clean energy in America. The projects will play a pivotal role in ensuring the country’s sustainable, green future.