Section 40101(d) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a Grid Resiliency Grant of up to $1.4 million yearly for five years for utility providers to improve the energy grid against disruptions and natural hazards.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, Section 40101(d) grants under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used for activities, technology, equipment and hardening measures reducing the likelihood and consequences of grid-disrupting events.
Delaware’s grant allocation is approximately $1.4 million annually for five years. State utilities will competitively submit applications to be awarded these funds from DNREC to improve grid resiliency.
To responsibly deploy funding in alignment with Delaware’s goals, the DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy (DCCE) has formed an advisory committee to make recommendations on the goals, objectives and metrics that support prioritization of resilience projects.
Projects must abide by the Justice40 Initiative and the Climate Action Plan, and address grid disruptions associated with natural hazards. Prioritization of the projects will be based on the provision of the greatest community benefit and associated funding.
Dec. 27, 2023 – Clearinghouse meeting to hear Year 2 funds for the grant
Dec. 12, 2023 – Public engagement meeting to announce the application process for utilities to the State
Nov. 28, 2023 – Public committee meeting to reconvene and establish next steps
Sept. 19, 2023 – Clearinghouse meeting to hear Year 1 funds for the grant
March 27, 2023 – Public committee meeting to incorporate public comment to the State application to DOE
March 7, 2023 – Public hearing to share the State application to DOE with public comment
Feb. 27, 2023 – Public committee meeting to establish the State goals, metrics, and objectives for grant spending
Feb. 1, 2023 – Public committee meeting to introduce and begin collaborating on the overall grant parameters
The Committee has identified a list of goals for spending and their associated objectives which the utilities aspire to meet in order to be awarded funding, based on the current needs in Delaware. Each objective has respective metrics by which they will be measured in their application.
To reduce the likelihood (frequency) of disruptions and reduce the consequences (duration) of disruptions in disadvantaged communities.
To leverage existing or new inclusive workforce development/training opportunities, such as Delaware-based vocational or apprenticeship programs.
To engage with and involve disadvantaged and Tribal communities to identify interest and technical assistance needs, creating partnerships where possible.
To invest in the innovation and longevity of efficient and clean energy in order to attain the goals set forth in Delaware’s Climate Action Plan.
To support resilience investments in locations either impacted by severe storm and flooding or at-risk of severe storm and flooding as expeditiously as possible.
Applications for Grid Resiliency Grants under Section 40101(d) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are being accepted from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2024.
Grants are available for up to four Delaware-based projects proposed by eligible entities. Projects must meet the purpose of enhancing grid resiliency, with priority given to projects that enhance energy justice.
The grants may not be used for electric generating facilities, large-scale battery storage facilities not used during disruptive events, or cybersecurity.
Larger utilities will be required to match 100% of the grant. Small utilities will be required to match 33.3% of the grant.
Applicants must identify the measures they propose to undertake, including any combination of approved measures as part of their application.
Project proposals should include information about:
Find more information about the requirements in the Application Process presentation.
The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 40101(d) Committee will provide their assessment of the applications to the division for a final recommendation as to which projects should receive awards.
The division reserves the final approval to grant awardees based on the committee’s recommendations.
Project proposals should be emailed to the committee via Heather Hubbard before the end of the day on March 31, 2024.
Grid resiliency grant funding recipients will be listed on this page after final recommendations and approval from the Committee and DNREC.