The U.S. Department of Energy is investing US$220 million in public-private partnerships to upgrade the country’s electricity distribution system, incorporate more renewables on the grid, develop energy storage and smart buildings, and protect the grid from cyberattacks and climate change.
“Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is essential to reducing carbon emissions, creating safeguards against attacks on our infrastructure, and keeping the lights on,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Grid modernization was a key element of the Quadrennial Energy Review published last April, The Hill notes.
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“At the time, the Obama administration said it would seek nearly US$4 billion to modernize the electric grid,” Henry writes. “Republicans broadly agreed with many of the policy ideas presented in the energy policy review, and both chambers are pushing energy overhaul bills with grid modernization provisions in them.”