Thursday, June 18, 2009

Department of Energy: Launch of First Grant Round for Smart Grids Now Scheduled for Week of June 22 06/18/09 The US Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed for that the agency will launch the first funding round for smart grid grants, using funds from the federal Recovery Act, during the week of June 22.

Congress appropriated $3.990 billion for smart grid grants in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), in 2 categories. Technology demonstration grants will be funded with $3.375 billion, while demonstration projects will receive $615 million. DOE had initially targeted June 17th as the release date for its document, called a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which will outline grant criteria, dollar caps on grant amounts, and schedules for application submittals and grant issuance.

Mr. Tom Welch, of the DOE press office, read a prepared statement to us yesterday, in the afternoon hours of June 17th, as follows:

"The Department is continuing to finalize the funding opportunity announcements for the smart grid investment program and smart grid demonstrations. We will be releasing them next week."

In April the DOE issued a 24 page "Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement For the Smart grid Investment Grant Program" (NOI),
Document Download, Go To: Broadband Stimulus Online Library. (see: File Navigation, below for folder location)

The agency received public comments on the NOI up through May 6th.

As the NOI states, "The Smart Grid Investment Grant program was originally authorized by Section 1306 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA; Public law 110-140) and later modified by the American recovery and reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act; Public Law 11105)." The Smart grid Investment Grant program will be administered by the Research and Development (R&D) Division of the DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), within DOE.

File Navigation:
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Following a brief registration, you will be passed to a secure document library. The Application Guide is in File #1, entitled "Featured Documents and Reports". The document is named "DOE Smart Grid NOI of April 2009."
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