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DOE Announces $562 Million for States, Tribes to Strengthen and Modernize Power Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 18 released the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant fiscal year 2024 Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) to open the allocation request and application period for fiscal year 2024 grant funding.

As of January 2024, DOE has awarded a total of more than $772 million in FY22/23 grants to 52 participating states and territories and 103 tribal entities, “to boost clean electricity, decrease energy costs, and keep the lights on for millions of Americans across the country,” DOE said.

Now, an additional $562 million in funding is available through FY24 grants.

Over five years, the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants will distribute $2.3 billion to states, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Alaska Native Village Corporations, based on a formula that includes factors such as population size, land area, probability and severity of disruptive events, and a locality’s historical expenditures on mitigation efforts.

The states, territories, and Indian tribes will then award these funds to eligible entities to complete a diverse set of projects, with priority given to efforts that generate the greatest community benefit while providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy. This approach allows for the greatest flexibility to provide tailored solutions for each grant recipient, according to DOE.

A full list of current grant recipients, as well as highlights on how they intend to deploy their funds is available online

FY22/23 grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis until all applicants have received their awards.

The process of requesting FY24 allocations depends on an applicant’s current status in the program.

Existing grant recipients that have already received grants for FY22/23 will have 90 days from the issuance of the ALRD amendment to request FY24 allocations.

Current grant applicants that previously submitted a grant application for FY22/23 but have not yet received their grant at the time the ALRD amendment is issued, will have 90 days from the issuance of the ALRD amendment to amend their previously submitted grant application to include the FY24 allocations.

New grant applicants are eligible applicants that did not submit a grant application for FY22/23 will have 90 days from the issuance of the ALRD amendment to submit a grant application for FY24 allocations.

Several one-time actions must be completed before an application can be submitted. Applicants are encouraged to address these items as soon as possible, as some may take several weeks to complete.

The allocation requests and applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on April 17, 2024.

Specific state and tribal grant allocation amounts were published in December 2023. A number of application resources are available, including guidance documents, application templates, and an application completion tutorial video.

A public webinar will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET on February 1, 2024. Registration is required.

Learn more at the Grid Deployment Office website.

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