GHG Emissions, Utilities, Hydro, Sourcing Renewables - August 15, 2022
White House Launches Offices for Clean Energy and Investments
The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched two new program offices – the Grid Deployment Office and the Office of State and Community Energy Programs.
The two offices will direct over $23 billion in investments to modernize and expand the capacity of the nation’s power grid and deploy cheaper, cleaner energy across America.
Administered through DOE’s Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the new offices will help speed up the Department’s ongoing work to achieve the President’s goal of reaching 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a net zero economy by 2050.
The Grid Deployment Office works to improve electricity delivery and reliability and will modernize and upgrade the electrical grid and critical electricity-generating facilities by investing $17 billion in programs and projects that identify and address national transmission, distribution and clean generation needs.
In addition, the Grid Deployment Office will manage programs to keep nuclear power plants, which provide the biggest share of the country’s carbon-free electricity, and to support upgrading and modernizing hydropower facilities.
The Office of State and Community Energy Programs aims to significantly accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies to reduce energy costs.
“DOE is moving faster than ever to modernize and upgrade America’s energy infrastructure so that more families and communities can take hold of the benefits that clean, affordable and reliable energy sources offer,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “The new offices announced today will help ensure that the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides states, Tribes, and territories with the best practices and proven approaches to drive down energy costs for American households and deliver cleaner air for their communities.”