Pennsylvania DEP to Fund Innovative Projects for a More Resilient Electric Grid

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for projects that aim to enhance the resilience and reliability of Pennsylvania’s electric grid. This initiative comes as part of the state’s strategy to combat the increasing threats posed by climate change and an evolving electric infrastructure.

The Pennsylvania Grid Resilience Grants Program will provide $16 million in its first round of funding, supporting measures designed to lessen the impact of disruptive events on the electric grid. The program aligns with the Commonwealth’s energy security, climate, and hazard mitigation goals and promotes clean energy generation, workforce benefits, and positive outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

Interim Acting Secretary of the DEP, Jessica Shirley, emphasized the importance of such initiatives. “It is critical that we support efforts working toward reliable, clean, and affordable power in our Commonwealth,” she said. “Funding like this makes it possible for applicants to reach for innovation and transformation, which in turn, benefits all Pennsylvanians. DEP is privileged to award these funds, and we look forward to seeing the ground-breaking projects these applicants propose.”

Applications for the grant are open until November 14, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Applicants eligible for grants include electric grid, transmission, distribution, or storage operators/providers, electricity generators, and fuel suppliers.

Resilience measures eligible for grants encompass hardening grid assets, real-time control and coordination, and tools to support modeling and analysis. For any questions or clarifications about the program documents, applicants can contact the DEP Energy Programs Office at RA-EPPAGRIDRESILIENC@pa.gov.

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