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DOE Releases Smart Grid Notices, Comments Due by May 6, 2009

April 17, 2009

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DOE Releases Smart Grid Notices, Comments Due by May 6, 2009

April 17, 2009

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for grants for the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program (SGIG) and an additional draft FOA regarding funding for smart-grid-related demonstration projects. DOE has set aside $3.375 billion for the SGIG program and $615 million for the demonstration initiative from monies allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. DOE is accepting comments on the notices through May 6, 2009, after which time the agency will release the final program rules and requirements.

The SGIG program was designed to provide federal assistance to cover up to 50 percent of investments by electric utilities and other entities for projects that promote the goal of smart grid deployment. DOE anticipates awarding grants under this program ranging from $500,000 to $20 million for smart grid technology deployment and $100,000 to $5 million for the deployment of smart grid monitoring devices. DOE also announced that applications for SGIG funding will be accepted in three rounds, with due dates of July 29, 2009; December 2, 2009; and March 31, 2010. However, DOE indicates that it cannot predict at this time whether funds will be available to award grants after the first round.

Similarly, the goal of the smart grid demonstration initiative is to fund up to 50 percent of unique demonstrations to verify smart grid technology viability, quantify smart grid costs and benefits, and validate new smart grid business models, at a scale that can be readily adapted and replicated around the United States. DOE anticipates that it will make approximately eight to 12 Smart Grid Regional Demonstration awards ranging from $5 million to $40 million each and four to five Synchrophasor Demonstration awards ranging from $15 million to $20 million each. In addition, DOE is expecting to make 12 to 19 Utility-Scale Energy Storage Demonstration awards totaling $180 million to $210 million.

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