Grid Resilience Formula Fund Program

Section 40101(d) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Grid Resilience Formula Fund Program, which will provide a total of $459 million each year for five years to States and Indian Tribes. The funds available under this program are intended to improve the resilience of the electric grid against disruptive events, such as reducing shut offs due to extreme weather or natural disaster. Maine is currently scheduled to receive nearly $2.2 million for each of the next five years. Maine tribal nations will also separately be allocated their own funding amount.

As grant applicants, states and tribes can sub-grant funds to eligible entities such as electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, and transmission owners or operators. Applicable uses under the program include a range of resiliency measures, such as undergrounding of electrical equipment, utility pole management, hardening of powerlines, or the use or construction of DERs (distributed energy resources) for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events, including microgrids and battery storage subcomponents. The funds may not be used for cybersecurity, the construction of new electric generating facilities, or large-scale battery storage facilities that are not used for improving system adaptive capacity.  

To develop a program that is best suited for Maine, GEO has undertaken a planning process to help establish the objectives of the future funding program.  Based on the preliminary program requirements, the program objectives should center around resilience and energy justice concerns, such as reducing the frequency and duration of outages in disadvantaged communities.. Following the grant award, GEO will stand up a competitive funding process to issue grants to eligible entities in the state.

Update as of September 1, 2022: The Department of Energy extended the application deadline for states and tribes to submit plans for the grid resilience funds from September 30, 2022 to March 31st, 2023. In response to the recent announcement, the GEO plans to hold a public hearing later in the fall on the proposed program objectives. The GEO will submit a plan for the funding in advance of the new March 31, 2023 deadline. The date and meeting information for the public hearing will be shared at a future date.

GEO held a virtual informational webinar on August 9, 2022. Meeting materials are posted below. 

How to Get Involved

Future meetings related to this program will be posted in advance on this website, as well as on the State of Maine Public Calendar. 

For more information or to sign up for the interested parties email list, please contact Allie Rand, Energy Analyst, at allie.rand@maine.gov. 

August 9, 2022 webinar

Date: August 9, 2022

Time: 12pm - 1pm 

Location: Virtual meeting

Webinar presentation slides (PDF)