The Gem State, six other states, three tribal nations and the District of Columbia will receive a total of $77 million in federal grants focused on modernizing the electric grid to reduce impacts of extreme weather and natural disasters, and improving overall reliability. (Dennis Schroeder / U.S. Department of Energy)
Idaho will receive $9.3 million to improve its electrical grid infrastructure, U.S. Department of Energy officials announced Friday.
The Gem State, six other states, three tribal nations and the District of Columbia will receive a total of $77 million in federal grants focused on modernizing the electric grid to reduce impacts of extreme weather and natural disasters and to improve overall reliability.
DOE spokesperson Kristen Nawoj told the Idaho Capital Sun that the state will run competitive solicitations to determine specific projects.
The grants are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by the DOE’s Grid Deployment Office.
“As climate change threats intensify and we add more renewable energy to our power system, it is critical that the American people have a safe and resilient electric grid,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in the press release.
In addition to Idaho, funds will go to:
- The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana: $711,000
- District of Columbia: $3 million
- Hawaii: $6.1 million
- Indiana: $9.2 million
- Iowa: $11.8 million
- The Mohegan Tribe: $317,000
- Nevada: $10.5 million
- Pennsylvania: $16.2 million
- The Scotts Valley of Pomo Indians: $266,000
- Wisconsin: $10.2 million
Additional awards will be announced on a rolling basis in the coming weeks and months as applications are received.
The newly named recipients are the second cohort to receive funding under the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants.
The fiscal year 2022 and 2023 application deadline for tribes, including Alaska Native Corporations, is Aug. 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
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