Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP)
Western Area Power Administration
To leverage federal funds and attract private and other non-federal co-investment to support the development of critical transmission and related infrastructure to expand and modernize the electric grid.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Prospective utility-scale transmission and/or related projects must have at least one terminus in WAPA's 15-state service territory; demonstrate a reasonable expectation of repayment; facilitate the delivery of clean energy; not adversely impact system reliability or operations; serve the public interest.
This is a unique federal program aimed at modernizing the electrical grid in the western U.S. The program's primary goal is to leverage federal funds and attract private and other non-federal co-investment to support the development of critical transmission and related infrastructure to advance and support the deployment of utility-scale renewable energy projects.
WAPA lists multiple projects that have received support from environmental stakeholders and other regional transmission and energy partners. For projects of this magnitude that impact regional, if not, interstate energy transmission, ensuring that the planning process includes key local and regional stakeholders is critical to success.
While this program is flexible in terms of the applicant, typically energy developers, private investors, and a combination of state and federal agencies partner together to expand transmission opportunities.
Costs will vary based on the complexity of the project. Prospective applicants to review past and present projects here: https://www.wapa.gov/transmission/TIP/Pages/projects.aspx