In 2021, President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Included within the legislation was $10.5 billion earmarked for the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) program.
GRIP gives out grants to electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers, and fuel suppliers.
On Oct. 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced its first GRIP grant recipients, totaling $3.46 billion of investment toward 58 projects in 44 states across the country.
In a recent webinar looking into GRIP’s first round selections, the Grid Deployment Office (GDO) said that “GRIP will enable the addition of 35 GW of renewable energy, expanding U.S. renewable energy capacity by 10.5 percent.”
Colin Meehan, project manager, GRIP Program, noted that the selections “represent the largest single direct investment in the electric grid by the federal government in hist