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Biden Administration launches Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $505 M

USA, Washington D.C.: DOE seeks public input on a new initiative to enable the widespread availability of more clean, affordable, and reliable power.

The Biden Administration, through the US Department of Energy (DOE), has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on the structure of a $505 M long duration energy storage initiative to increase the availability of and deliver affordable, reliable clean electricity. The new Long Duration Energy Storage for Everyone, Everywhere Initiative, created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will advance energy storage systems toward widespread commercial deployment by lowering the costs and increasing the duration of energy storage resources. Cheaper, longer energy storage can increase local control of the power system, build resilience for communities, minimize power grid disruptions, and help reach President Biden’s goal of 100 % clean electricity by 2035.

“The ability to move cheaper, cleaner electricity where and when it is needed most is the linchpin to a reliable energy grid and critical to meeting President Biden’s clean energy goals,” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Long Duration Energy Storage for Everyone, Everywhere initiative leverages the expertise of the Department, National Labs, and industry to drive next-generation energy storage — making solar power available when the sun isn’t shining and keeping wind energy on tap when there’s no breeze.”

Shorter duration storage is currently being installed to support today’s increasing amount of renewable energy generation and electrification. Long duration energy storage — defined as systems that can store energy for more than 10 hours at a time — would support a low-cost, reliable, carbon-free electric grid.

The initiative, administered through DOE’s new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, will work to overcome these challenges and achieve the cost goal by investing approximately $505 M over four years to validate grid-scale long duration energy storage technologies and enhance the capabilities of customers and communities to integrate grid storage more effectively.

Source: T&D World