Energy Efficiency, Energy Procurement, GHG Emissions - December 23, 2021
DOE Creates New Office for Clean Energy Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will help deliver on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda by funding clean energy technology demonstration projects and reducing pollution.
President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides more than $20 billion to establish the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations and support projects in areas including clean hydrogen, carbon capture, grid-scale energy storage, small modular reactors, and more. Demonstration projects prove the effectiveness of innovative technologies in real-world conditions at scale in order to pave the way towards widespread adoption and deployment.
The founding of this office expands DOE’s scope to fill a critical innovation gap on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.
“Thanks to the investments Congress made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and markets,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “This new office will hire the best and brightest talent to invest in cutting edge clean energy projects, and DOE is calling on anyone dedicated to addressing the climate crisis to roll up their sleeves and join us.”
This investment in the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is part of the $62 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will increase DOE’s work on clean energy demonstrations to deliver cutting-edge clean technologies to communities and businesses across the country.
The office’s programs also include billions of dollars to invest in demonstration projects in rural areas and economically hard-hit communities - a critical focus of President Biden's Justice40 initiative aimed at delivering 40% of clean energy investment benefits to disadvantaged communities.