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U.S. Department of Energy awards $17.2 million for Colorado microgrids

By District Energy posted 10-05-2023 06:39


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To counter climate-driven extreme weather and aging infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Energy Office $17.2 million on Sept. 28.

The award will help improve the resilience and dependability of Colorado’s electrical grid during the first two years of five for expected funding. It also supports a study on microgrids’ likely role in furthering state energy goals to counter climate-driven extreme weather patterns and aging infrastructure.

According to a news release, the state will also invest $2.6 million into the grid resiliency work on top of the DOE’s award.

The funds will support Colorado’s Microgrid Roadmap’s development while bringing forth three grant programs – Microgrids for Community Resilience grant program, Grid Hardening for Small and Rural Communities Grants and Advanced Grid Monitoring Grants – that will open applications this fall for the state’s communities.

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