Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - November 3, 2022
DOE Provides $43 Million For Clean Energy Transition Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced allocating $43 million for 23 projects to help communities plan their transition to a clean energy and improve grid reliability and security.
Twenty research projects will focus on increasing communities’ resilience to disruptions from extreme weather and other disasters and three projects will focus on building tools to help communities better evaluate and benefit from local energy resources.
Researchers will develop and share planning methodologies, tools, technologies, and best practices that can be replicated in communities across the country as they work to install clean energy and strengthen grid infrastructure.
The projects will help communities secure energy and support President Biden’s goals to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035 and achieve a net-zero economy by 2050.
“Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to giving local communities the tools to understand and make informed decisions about their own energy supply and needs,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “These critical projects will help deliver reliable, affordable energy to every pocket of America—strengthening the safety and resiliency of communities across the nation and improving the quality of life for Americans everywhere.”
The Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) funding program seeks to enable communities to utilize solar and solar-plus-storage solutions to prevent disruptions in power caused by extreme weather and other events, and to rapidly restore electricity if the power goes down. The 20 projects selected under RACER will advance innovative approaches to community energy planning and develop and demonstrate resilient clean energy technologies. These projects span over 30 diverse communities from California to Puerto Rico, and include partners from local and state governments, national labs, universities, and nonprofit organizations.