GridWise Alliance Applauds Congress for Passing Landmark Infrastructure Legislation

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On Friday night, the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the bipartisan infrastructure program that includes major investments in modernizing the nation’s electric grid.

“The bipartisan infrastructure package includes a historic level of grid investment that will build resilience and reliability, accelerate the decarbonization of the power, building and transport sectors, and strengthen security,” said Karen WaylandCEO of GridWise Alliance. “The bill will transform the building and transportation sector by accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, converting school bus and transit fleets to zero-emission electric vehicles, and retrofitting millions of structures to make them more energy efficient.

The Act contains provisions focused on many infrastructure investments, with key provisions relating to the GridWise Alliance Policy Framework for Grid Investments including:

  • $5 billion for grants to build resilience and prevent outages, split between federal and state programs;
  • $6 billion for research, development and demonstration projects of innovative approaches to resilience, with $1 billion restricted to rural and remote areas;
  • $2.5 billion for a new loan program to facilitate the construction and upgrading of transmissions;
  • $3 billion improving grid flexibility through the Smart Grid Investment Grant program;
  • $500 million the state energy program for planning the transmission and distribution system;
  • $10 billion increased borrowing authority for Bonneville Power Administration;
  • $42 billion expand broadband access;
  • $1 billion for utility investments in mid-mile broadband infrastructure; and
  • $250 million for cybersecurity grants to rural and municipal utilities.

The infrastructure package also includes billions of dollars for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electrification of transit and school bus fleets, port electrification, battery manufacturing and recycling. and energy efficiency upgrades under the Weatherization Assistance Program.

The bill requires the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a joint task force to coordinate technical assistance for the deployment of charging infrastructure and the use of transportation rights-of-way for the electrical infrastructure.

We commend President Biden, as well as House and Senate leaders for bringing this landmark legislation to the finish line,” continued Wayland. “These investments will leverage billions and billions of private dollars to modernize the national grid to serve as a secure and reliable platform for decarbonization.”

The GridWise Alliance leads a diverse composition of electricity industry players who are focused on accelerating innovation that delivers a more secure, reliable, resilient and affordable grid to support the decarbonization of the US economy. For more information on the GridWise Alliance, visit: www.gridwise.org.

Media Contact:
Richard O’Neill
Executive Director
GridWise Alliance
[email protected]
(202) 530-9740

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