Up to $4.6 million available for new round of Grid Modernization grants
Commerce is pleased to announce a new application period is now open for the Grid Modernization grant program under the state’s Clean Energy Fund. Up to $4.6 million is available through a competitive award process.
To support a wider range of the state’s utilities, this round of funding provides support for earlier-stage pre-design and design activities for future capital projects. The available funding supports electric utilities in deploying grid modernization projects that facilitate integration of renewable energy sources, deployment of distributed energy resources, and sustainable microgrids.
Only retail electric utilities are eligible to apply, however priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate partnership with federally-recognized Tribal governments and/or non-profit organizations serving Tribal communities or vulnerable populations.
Commerce is also prioritizing projects that:
- Support the deployment of capital assets that benefit federally- recognized Tribal governments, Tribal communities or vulnerable populations.
- Demonstrate meaningful community engagement and/or co-creation of project design and outcomes.
- Use new or innovative products or services, or which deploy a proven technology using a novel approach.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on May 18, 2021.
Find more information, including examples of past projects and all application materials, on Commerce’s Grid Modernization webpage.
The Grid Modernization program is funded through Washington state’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF). The CEF invests in projects that provide a public benefit to Washington communities through deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, or otherwise increase energy independence for the state.