Grid Modernization


The Biden-Harris Administration (the Administration) yesterday launched the Federal-State Modern Grid Deployment Initiative (the Initiative), along with an accompanying fact sheet. The Initiative brings together states, federal entities, and U.S. power sector stakeholders to expand grid capacity and build modern grid capabilities on both new and existing transmission and distribution lines. Implementing these solutions is expected to increase integration of renewables and clean energy sources, with the U.S. set to build more new electric generation capacity than it has in 20 years (96% of it being clean energy). The Initiative is intended to complement last month’s announcement of a public-private mobilization to upgrade 100,000 miles of existing transmission lines over the next five years. This bulletin briefly summarizes the Initiative’s key state and federal commitments: Mutual federal-state commitments. The Initiative aims to address the challenges and opportunities posed by increased load growth, a rapidly evolving energy landscape, aging infrastructure, and new grid-enhancing technologies while ensuring reliable, clean, and affordable energy for consumers. The U.S. government and participating states jointly commit to: deploy advanced grid technologies to expand capacity and enhance both new and existing transmission and distribution lines; recognize that modern grid technologies are essential for a comprehensive energy strategy, complementing the need to build out new transmission and distribution lines; work to increase state and federal cooperation for both intraregional and interregional transmission planning efforts; work collaboratively with solution providers, industry, labour organizations, and trusted validators to build a diverse workforce and ensure grid owners and operators have access to training and equipmentneeded to support modern technology deployment; facilitate collaboration among stakeholders and communities to share how to improve siting, regulatory, and economic structures most effectively; and explore opportunities to establish innovative partnership models, pool resources, and jointly plan transmission and distribution infrastructure development. State commitments. 21 state governments,…