ASCE’s IIJA Implementation Series: Building A More Resilient Grid

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will invest a historic $73 billion to rebuild our nation’s electric grid and will include provisions aimed at reinforcing its resilience. The Department of Energy (DOE) will receive the majority of the funds dedicated to grid reliability and resilience, and the agency is now responsible for standing up 60 new programs and expanding existing programs, including research and development programs.

In fact, the IIJA dedicates $5 billion directly for grid resilience, establishes a new competitive grant program for projects demonstrating innovative approaches to harden the grid, provides $3 billion focused on advancing smart technologies, and sets aside $1 billion for rural grid resilience. However, beyond grid resilience, the IIJA also aims to increase energy efficiency and smart grid functions in the building industry, through several new programs and grants for states to create loan funds for building energy upgrades, as well as grants to incentivize states to develop updated building codes.

Join ASCE’s Government Relations team and Whitney Muse (Chief of Staff for the Office of Electricity and the Office of Grid Deployment, DOE) on May 25th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time to learn more about how the agency is undertaking new programs to strengthen the resilience of our nation’s grid, and what it means for transmission planning amidst a transition to renewables. The session will provide participants an opportunity to learn directly how the DOE is partnering with utilities and the engineering community, as well as state and local partners, and gain an understanding of the opportunities ahead for DOE funds.

Register now for your chance to hear directly from the DOE and to ask questions about the status of new programs and changes to existing programs for the upcoming year.

When:  May 25, 2022 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Career By Design
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Lizzie Dorman

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