Microgrid Knowledge – What the US Infrastructure Deal Does for Microgrids
Last week’s passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by the US House of Representatives paves the way for a range of new funding opportunities for microgrids.
Pushed by President Biden, and already approved by the Senate in August, H.R. 3684 is now cleared to become law after a 228-206 vote Friday night by the House.
Known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the bill names microgrids as eligible for funding within programs to improve transmission, electrify transportation and improve rural and remote areas of the US.
Microgrids are also singled out for funding in resilience programs to help states and tribes adapt to climate disruption and for connection to transmission, transportation or telecommunications infrastructure corridors in Alaska, Hawaii or a territory of the United States.
In all, the bill pegs $50 billion for programs and technologies that improve resilience, $65 billion for grid improvements and $7.5 billion to build a national network of EV chargers.
Opportunity may also open up for microgrids from $17 billion slated for ports and $25 billion for airports, which is offered, in part, to reduce emissions and drive electrification and low-carbon technologies.
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By: Elisa Wood