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# DOE Advances Funding to Boost Power Grid And EV Battery Supply Chain

May 10, 2022 by Shannon Cuthrell

## The Department of Energy announced billions in investment to modernize the power grid and build a domestic supply base for EV-critical materials, among other initiatives.

Over the last few weeks, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched or advanced several investment initiatives to improve the power grid and expand battery supply chains for domestic EV development.

The new programs primarily draw from the $62 billion sum allocated to the DOE as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed last November. The law pumps billions into battery supply chains through 2026, focusing on mining and sourcing raw materials domestically or recycling used materials. It also funds projects to make the power grid more resilient to extreme weather events. In total, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will set 70 DOE programs in motion—57 of which are entirely new, while 13 expand on existing programs—over the next five years. We delve into the details below. ### Strengthening the Power Grid In late April, the DOE announced it would be seeking public input on a$2.3 billion grant to modernize the power grid to mitigate the effects of wildfires, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters. Grants will be divided among states, five territories and over 500 Tribal nations for activities ranging from removing trees and relocating power lines, to moving electrical equipment underground and installing weather/fire-resistant components, to implementing distributed energy and real-time monitoring systems.

##### The DOE will invest to mitigate the effects of devastating wildfires. Image used courtesy of Mike Newbry/Unsplash

The DOE noted in its announcement that weather-induced power outages have doubled over the last two decades, with the frequency and duration of power failures reaching record highs in recent years. In 2015, the DOE reported that 70% of the nation’s transmission lines and power transformers were 25 years old, but more recent analyst estimates say the average age is 40, with more than 25% of the grid being 50 years or older.

The DOE is seeking comments, due June 2, from states on structuring the newly-announced grants, which will be based on population size, land area, weather patterns, and historical spending on mitigation efforts, among others.