DOE Announces $43 Million To Support the Clean Energy Transition in Communities Across the Country – Energy.gov

by | Nov 2, 2022 | Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $43 million for 23 projects to help communities plan their transition to a clean energy future and improve grid reliability and security. Twenty research projects will focus on increasing communities’ resilience to disruptions from extreme weather and other disasters, and three will focus on building tools to help communities better evaluate and benefit from local energy resources. Researchers will develop and share planning methodologies, tools, technologies, and best practices that can be replicated in communities across the country as they work to install clean energy and strengthen grid infrastructure. Today’s project announcements will help communities secure their energy future and support President Biden’s goals to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035 and achieve a net-zero economy by 2050.  “Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to giving local communities the tools to understand and make informed decisions about their own energy supply and needs,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “These critical projects will help deliver reliable, affordable energy to every pocket of America—strengthening the safety and resiliency of communities across the nation and improving the quality of life for Americans everywhere.” 

Communities across the nation have faced increased disruptions in power caused by extreme weather events due to climate change. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, the U.S. has sustained 15 climate disaster events in 2022 with losses exceeding $1 billion each. Overall, these events have cost $30 billion and had significant economic effects …

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