Washington Energy and Sustainability Updates


Bipartite infrastructure law makes historic investments in energy and transport

With the enactment of the $ 1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, also known as the Biparty Infrastructure Act (BIL), the Biden administration is now working to rapidly deploy which is the largest long-term investment in infrastructure in the country. BIL includes a new five-year surface transport license as well as $ 550 billion in new spending on energy, water, broadband and transport.

The funds will be distributed in two ways: (1) formula-based funding for states, territories, local governments and tribes; and (2) competitive grants open to a wide range of applicants, including states, territories, local governments, Indian tribes, utility and transmission developers, rural co-operatives, community stakeholders. industry, national laboratories, higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit private and other entities.

Key formula-based funding includes:

  • Weatherization Assistance Program ($ 3.5 billion)

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program ($ 550 million)

  • State Energy Program ($ 500 million)

  • Prevent blackouts and improve the resilience of the power grid ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capital Grants Program ($ 250 million)

  • Electric Vehicle Formula Program ($ 5 billion)

  • Carbon emissions reduction program that includes electric vehicle charging ($ 6.4 billion)

The main competitive grants include:

  • Prevent blackouts and increase the resilience of the power grid ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Federal financial assistance program for energy infrastructure ($ 5 billion)

  • Energy Improvement Program in Rural and Remote Areas ($ 1 billion)

  • Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program ($ 3 billion)

  • Transport Facilitation Program ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Carbon dioxide transport infrastructure financing and innovation program ($ 2.1 billion)

  • Carbon storage validation and testing ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Direct air capture hubs ($ 3.5 billion)

  • Clean hydrogen centers ($ 8 billion)

  • Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling Program ($ 500 million)

  • Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program ($ 1 billion)

  • Large-scale carbon capture pilot projects ($ 937 million)

  • Carbon Capture Demonstration Project Program ($ 2.5 billion)

  • Battery Material Processing Subsidy Program ($ 3 billion)

  • Battery Manufacturing and Recycling Subsidy Program ($ 3 billion)

  • Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize Competition ($ 10 million)

  • Second Life Battery and Application Recycling Program ($ 200 million)

  • Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program ($ 750 million)

  • Incentives for hydroelectric generation ($ 125 million)

  • Hydroelectric capital improvements ($ 554 million)

  • Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvement and Renewable Energy Improvement in Public Schools ($ 500 million)

  • Assistance to Federal Facilities with the Energy Conservation Technology Grant Program ($ 250 million)

  • Industrial emissions demonstration projects ($ 500 million)

  • Solar energy demonstration projects ($ 80 million)

  • Wind energy demonstration projects ($ 100 million)

  • Geothermal energy demonstration projects ($ 84 million)

  • Carbon emissions reduction program that includes electric vehicle charging ($ 6.4 billion)

  • Subsidies for recharging and refueling infrastructure ($ 2.5 billion)

Access opportunities in the energy sector

  • The open funding opportunities of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies of the Ministry of Energy can be found by clicking HERE.

  • Funding opportunities specifically related to batteries can be found HERE.

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) solicitations and funding opportunities can be found by clicking HERE.

NETL has announced that in the first quarter of calendar year 2022, it will issue a funding opportunity announcement on “the production, storage, transportation and use of clean hydrogen to enable net savings to zero carbon ”.

NETL also published an information request titled “Opportunities for Deployment and Demonstration of Carbon Reduction and Elimination Technologies” to solicit comments from members of industry, investors, developers, academia, laboratories. researchers, government agencies, potentially affected communities and other stakeholders on potential carbon management. demonstration and deployment projects and their associated locations, including potentially ideal locations for such projects in the United States, while taking into account environmental justice, energy transition, tribal communities and other affected communities. Responses are expected before January 24, 2022.

Access opportunities in the transport sector

  • When announced, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding opportunities, including those related to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging infrastructure, will be found HERE. These are mainly funding formulas for states, local communities, etc.

  • State-by-State fact sheets from the Department of Transportation can be found HERE.

On December 2, FHWA issued a request for information regarding BIL’s National Electric Vehicle Formulas Program (Electric Vehicle Charging Program), which will provide funding for states to strategically deploy vehicle charging infrastructure. and establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access and reliability. . The comment period is open until January 28, 2022 and details can be found in the Federal Register by clicking HERE.

The Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Transport have created a new Joint Office of Energy and Transport to support the construction of a national network of 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles.

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