The Grid Resilience grant program is a formula award made available to states and tribes through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Section 40401(d).
ODOE submitted the initial application for this funding to U.S. DOE in April 2023 and was awarded on June 30, 2023. The program narrative, as accepted with the application to the U.S. DOE, can be viewed here. ODOE is in the process of developing the application for the first subgrant opportunity now. The intent is to fund projects that will have the greatest community benefits while addressing the most pressing grid resilience needs. ODOE will share details about the subgrant application in the coming months.
In support of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, in June 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy
awarded $19,907,304 to Oregon via the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants program, which
is supported by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The objective of the funds, as outlined by the U.S. DOE, is to:
- Improve the all-hazards resilience of the electric grid against disruptive events.
- Generate the greatest community benefit in reducing the likelihood and consequences of disruptive events.
- Advance DOE's equity, environmental, and energy justice priorities, including the Justice40 Initiative.
- Invest in America's workforce.
The legislation sets allocations of the funding over five years. The formula is based on population, area, probability of disruptive events, severity of disruptive events, and expenditure on mitigation efforts. Allocations for years one and two were included as one package, leaving three future allocations available. Oregon's allocation for the first two years is $19,907,304 and comes with two match requirements. The first match is expected of the state and will be 15 percent of the federal amount, equal to $2,986,096. Additionally, eligible entities that receive a subgrant from ODOE also required to match:
- Large Utilities: Entities that sell more than 4,000,000 MWh annually are required to match funds at 100 percent.
- Small Utilities: Entities that sell less than 4,000,000 MWh annually are required to match 1/3 of funds.
As part of this program, states are required to run processes to subgrant 95 percent of the funding to eligible entities, such as electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers. ODOE intends to focus subgrants on electric utilities. While we are statutorily obligated to make 25 percent of these funds available to small utilities, ODOE has proposed setting 40 percent aside for these purposes based on stakeholder feedback.
The remaining 5 percent of federal funds, as well as the state's match, is available for administration of this grant program and technical assistance to aid subgrantees in the implementation of their projects.
Allowable activities include the following:
Measures do not include new generation or cybersecurity.
- Weatherization technologies and equipment
- Fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems
- Monitoring and control technologies
- The undergrounding of electrical equipment
- Utility pole management
- The relocation and reconductoring of power lines
- Vegetation and fuel-load management
- Some distributed energy resources including microgrids and batteries*
- Protection and advanced modeling technologies
- Hardening of power lines, facilities, substations, of other systems; and
*U.S. DOE considers solar panels new generation, so this technology is unallowable with grant or match funds as part of a microgrid installation.
Additionally, this Grid Resilience program is covered by the Justice40 Initiative, based on U.S. DOE's implementation of Executive Order 14008. The goal of Justice40 is that at least 40 percent of the benefits from federal climate and clean energy investments flow to disadvantaged communities. Disadvantaged communities are identified at the census tract level on the Climate and Environmental Justice Tool (CEJST) map, found here. Made available by the White House, the CEJST map was developed by the Council on Environmental Quality using high quality datasets that identify climate, environmental, and other burdens on communities.
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