The federally funded Maine Grid Resilience Grant Program seeks to increase the resilience of the electric grid and Maine communities while increasing clean energy workforce opportunities and aligning with ongoing electric grid modernization and state climate goals. The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) applied for the funds and received confirmation of the grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in mid-2023. In 2024, GEO will conduct a competitive solicitation process to identify projects that advance the program goals in alignment with the program narrative as well as state and federal procurement procedures. Learn more about Maine’s Grid Resilience Grant Program here.
Increase resilience of the electric grid and decrease the frequency and duration of outages, including within disadvantaged communities and areas experiencing a high frequency and/or long durations of outages;
Improve community and economic resilience and empower electric customers and communities to be resilient to disruptive events;
Increase clean energy workforce opportunities and ensure alignment with existing state initiatives; and
Align with ongoing electric grid modernization and state policy climate goals while mitigating disproportionate energy burdens.
GEO held a virtual informational webinar on August 9, 2022 and a virtual public hearing on February 9, 2023 on the Grid Resilience Grant Program. Meeting materials are posted below. Future opportunities 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 email@example.com.
- February 9, 2023 Public Hearing
Date: February 9, 2023
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Location: Virtual meeting
- August 9, 2022 Webinar
Date: August 9, 2022
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Location: Virtual meeting
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to apply?
Per federal guidelines, entities eligible to apply for funds include:
- Electricity storage operators;
- Electricity generators;
- Transmission owners or operators;
- Distribution providers;
- Fuel suppliers; and
- Electric grid operators.
- What are applicable uses of program funds?
Per federal guidelines, applicable uses of program funds include:
- Weatherization technologies and equipment;
- Fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems;
- Monitoring and control technologies;
- The undergrounding of electrical equipment;
- Utility pole management;
- The relocation of power lines or the reconductoring of power lines with low-sag, advanced conductors;
- Vegetation and fuel-load management;
- The use or construction of distributed energy resources for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events (modification, refurbishing or replacement of old components to ensure weatherization/resilience but not to increase output capacity), including:
- Battery-storage subcomponents;
- Adaptive protection technologies;
- Advanced modeling technologies;
- Hardening of power lines, facilities, substations, of other systems; and
- The replacement of old overhead conductors and underground cables.
Resilience measures that are NOT allowed include:
- Construction of a new electric generating facility or large-scale battery-storage facility that is not used for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events; or
In November 2022, the Department of Energy (DOE) clarified that grant funds or cost match may not be used to purchase and install an emergency generator, and additionally specified that construction of new solar generation for microgrids is not an allowable cost.
The federal program rules require that a percentage of funds is set aside for small utility applicants, where small utilities are defined as utilities that sell less than 4,000,000 MWh annually.
How does a utility demonstrate annual electricity sales?
DOE provides EIA-923 as one way an applicant can demonstrate annual electricity sales. Other data or demonstration of annual electricity sales may be accepted as well.
- What is the funding source for this program?
Section 40101(d) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the Grid Resilience Formula Grant Program, which will provide a total of $459 million of federal funds each year for five years to States and Indian Tribes. In 2023, GEO applied for and was awarded the State of Maine’s combined 2022 and 2023 funding allocations, a total of $4,364,534. GEO anticipates that approximately $2.2 million will be allocated to the State of Maine in each of the remaining three program years through 2026. Tribes in Maine are eligible for separate funding allocations.
To receive the state formula allocation, GEO submitted a program plan to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) detailing the objectives, metrics, and criteria that will guide GEO’s funding decisions under the program. GEO held two public meetings related to the planning and administration of Section 40101(d) funding to solicit public input on program objectives and metrics (meeting materials linked above). Input received through public comment was considered in the preparation of the final plan submission to DOE.