The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program and the Smart Grid Demonstrations Program.
Please note that authorizing legislation in sections 1304 and 1306 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 states “[n]o person or entity participating in any demonstration project conducted under this subsection [Regional Demonstration Initiative] shall be eligible for grants under section 1306 “Federal Matching Fund for Smart Grid Investment Costs” [Smart Grid Investment Grants] for otherwise qualifying investments made as part of that demonstration project.” Applicants can submit separate applications to both programs, or multiple applications to each program, but they must be for distinctly different projects and they cannot involve the use of federal funds from both programs in a single project.
DOE Smart Grid Investment Program
The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a FOA for approximately $3.4 billion for to accelerate the modernization of the electric transmission and distribution system and promote investment in smart grid tools and technologies in the areas of:
The funds will be awarded for two project categories:
Approximately 40% of the funding will be allocated for smaller projects, while approximately 60% will be allocated for larger projects.
The period of performance is 3 years, with a preference for shorter time frames.
The minimum cost share is 50% and must come from non-Federal sources.
Eligible applicants include individual organizations as well as teams. Eligible applicants include:
There are three application deadlines. DOE cannot predict at this time that funds will remain available beyond awards provided after the first due date. Please note that a Letter of Intent is requested, but not required.
Or visit at FedConnect at www.FedConnect.net (search for Reference Number “DE-FOA-0000058”).
DOE Smart Grid Demonstrations
The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a FOA for approximately $615 million to support regionally unique demonstrations to verify smart grid technology viability, quantify smart grid costs and benefits, and validate new smart grid business models, at a scale that can be readily adapted and replicated around the country and advancements in grid-scale energy storage are needed. It is anticipated that 8-12 awards for up to $100 million will be made for regional Smart Grid demonstrations and 12-19 awards will be made for energy storage. The funding available for energy storage awards ranges from $25 million to $60 million depending on the specific Area of Interest.
The period of performance is 3 to 5 years. The minimum cost share is 50%. Eligible applicants are all types of domestic entities, including companies, non-profits, institutions of higher education, and local and state governments.
Or at FedConnect at www.FedConnect.net (search for Reference Number “DE-FOA-0000036”).