DOE Invests $26 Million to Support  Clean Energy Grid - Diversified Communications

Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 10, 2023

DOE Invests $26 Million to Support  Clean Energy Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an investment of $26 million for eight selected projects to demonstrate how solar, wind, storage, and other clean energy resources will support a strong U.S. power grid.

The projects are funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will activate clean energy technologies at 15 sites throughout the U.S. to build and support a resilient grid that adapts to changing conditions.

“As threats and climate risks to America’s energy infrastructure continue to evolve, DOE is laser-focused on ensuring our power grid is strong and reliable as it incorporates a historic level of renewable resources,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in a statement. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, today’s announcement will help build a resilient grid that the American people can trust to deliver reliable, affordable, clean electricity to their homes and businesses.”  

The Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration program will fund projects in 13 states and Puerto Rico. Research teams consisting of utilities, laboratories, universities, and industry will test how wind and solar plants can more reliably transmit clean energy and protect against disruptions to the network of high-voltage power lines.

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that wind and solar energy could provide as much as 80% of generation on a grid run on 100% clean electricity. 

The selected projects include Consolidated Edison (New York, NY), Electric Power Research Institute (Knoxville, TN), General Electric Renewable Energy (Schenectady, NY), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Oakland, CA), Portland General Electric Company (Portland, OR), University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) and Veritone, Inc. (Denver, CO).

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