US DOE Initiative On Grid Resiliency & Innovation

Written by Satish Saini

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Grid Deployment Office is administering a $10.5 billion Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program to enhance grid flexibility and improve the resilience of the power system against growing threats of extreme weather and climate change. These programs will accelerate the deployment of transformative projects that aim to ensure the reliability of the power sector’s infrastructure, helping all communities access affordable, reliable, clean electricity anytime, anywhere.

On October 18, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $3.46 billion in Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) Program investments for 58 projects across 44 states to strengthen electric grid resilience and reliability across America.

The Program includes three funding mechanisms: 

  1. Grid Resilience Utility and Industry Grants support activities that will modernize the electric grid to reduce impacts due to extreme weather and natural disasters. This program will fund comprehensive transmission and distribution technology solutions that will mitigate multiple hazards across a region, including wildfires, floods, hurricanes, extreme heat, extreme cold, storms, and any other event that can cause a disruption to the power system.
  2. Smart Grid Grants increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric power system. Smart Grid Grants particularly focus on increasing the capacity of the transmission system, preventing faults that may lead to wildfires (or other system disturbances), integrating renewable energy at the transmission and distribution levels, and facilitating the integration of increasingly electrified vehicles, buildings, & other devices.
  3. Grid Innovation Program provides financial assistance to multiple states, Tribes, local governments, and public utility commissions to collaborate with electric sector owners and operators to deploy projects that use innovative approaches to transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure, enhancing grid resilience and reliability.

The article will cover details about this program and the types of projects and utilities under this initiative.


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Satish Saini has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, with many advanced courses, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer registered with PEO, Canada.
Saini has 35 years of accomplished management experience in various fields of energy and power: electrical utility operations and management (at senior level), business development and project management related to DS grid modernization, renewable energy, smart metering / AMI, Advanced Distribution System (ADS) / Smart Grid, DSM and DMS. He also has experience in hiring, training, and mentoring a diverse workforce from various backgrounds. Saini has actively participated in the development of various energy policies alongside ministries, regulatory authorities, utility companies, and local distribution companies.
Saini is an active member of IEEE, participating in various committees: Task Forces and Working Groups related to Smart Distribution, Smart Grid, MicroGrids, and Smart Cities.
He also serves as Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Technical Activities Committee and Chair of the Education Committee IEEE Toronto Section. Saini has a strong vision of developing the aging DS Grid with the latest innovative technologies and solutions, along with transforming utilities through smart grid programs.

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