Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid (Competitive) - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid (Competitive)

Federal Agency


Grid Deployment Office (GDO) & Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED)


To support activities, technologies, equipment, and measures meant to reduce the likelihood and consequences of electric grid damage in the face of extreme weather events.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible recipients for the competitive program include: electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers.

Decarbonization Considerations

Consider activities that are supplemental to existing grid resilience efforts, reduce the risk of power lines causing a wildfire, or reduce the likelihood and consequences of disruptive events. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, weatherization technologies and equipment, undergrounding of electrical equipment, relocation of power lines, and use or construction of distributed energy resources like microgrids and battery storage.

Equity Considerations

Historically marginalized communities are often more vulnerable to grid outages. Consider building microgrids, new distribution lines, and/or upgrading existing transmission infrastructure to minimize the disruptions in these communities.

Helpful Tips

This Program falls under a broader DOE Initiative "Building a Better Grid (which includes multiple federal funding streams). For more information, see:

Other Notes

Small utilities are defined as entities that sell no more than 4,000,000 MWh of electricity per year.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

Second round of funding expected in Q1 of FY24

Funding Available

$918,000,000 in total; 30% of the total funding will be set aside for small utilities.

Max Award Amount

Either the total of the applicant's last three years of resilience investments or $100 million, whichever is lower

Expected Allocations

10 in total; Approximately 3 awards will made to small utilities

Average Award (Estimated)


Matching Funds

50% match required in general, 1/3 match required for small utilities

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