The Energy Department unveiled a program today that will finance demo projects aimed at showing how grids can reliably operate on a mix of renewables, storage and other distributed resources, Ben writes.
“Americans do not have to choose between a clean grid and a reliable one,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
Why it matters: The White House has a target of achieving 100% zero-carbon power by 2035, but that would require sweeping transformations even as renewables and storage are steadily gaining ground today.
How it works: Per DOE, the funding through the bipartisan infrastructure law will support up to 10 projects.
The department says that as the grid mix evolves, operators need “new tools to manage this increasingly complex network” and respond to cyberattacks and extreme weather.
The projects will also aim to show “how a clean energy grid prevents blackouts by quickly identifying and responding to faults.”
The intrigue: The plan to solicit funding applications arrives amid a growing corporate and public policy effort to pioneer round-the-clock sourcing of zero-carbon electricity.
While some companies and local governments aim to match annual demand with clean power, it still means pulling from grids with fossil fuels.
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