Deployment of Technologies to Enhance Grid Flexibility (Smart Grid Investment Grant Program)
Office of Electricity
To fund grid investments that provide flexibility and help quickly rebalance the electrical system, facilitate the aggregation or integration of distributed energy resources, provide energy storage, provide voltage support, and anticipate and mitigate impacts of extreme weather events or natural disasters on grid resilience.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include electric utilities, such as investor-owned utilities, municipality-owned utilities; Load serving entities, or load distribution companies, which provide electricity distribution services; Retail distributors or marketers of electricity which sell electricity to consumers; System operators which coordinate, control, and monitor the operation of the electrical power transmission systems within a single state or region; and Manufacturers of appliances and equipment to enable smart grid functionalities. Projects must promote the goal of deployment, including development of component technologies.
This program helps to implement the necessary upgrades to the electric grid enabling it to work more efficiently and be more resilient, as well as making it capable to effectively integrate renewable and energy efficient technologies and demand management practices. Applicants should partner with utilities to identify local and regional needs.
Applicants should consider partnering with utilities to train a next-generation smart grid workforce.
Original program details can be found here: https://www.smartgrid.gov/recovery_act/overview/smart_grid_investment_grant_program.html. IIJA-specific updates are forthcoming.