Grid Resiliency Formula Grant Program - Section 40101(d)
Update: On September 1, 2022, DOE issued an amendment to the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD) pertaining to Section 40101(d) funding announcement number: DE-FOA-0002736. In the amendment, U.S. DOE revised the application due date from September 30, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

About the Grid Resilience Program

The Grid Resilience Formula Grant Program, funded through Section 40101(d) Formula Grants to States & Indian Tribes of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), will be administered through AEA, as designated by Governor Mike Dunleavy. The national program provides $2.5 billion in formula grants to States and Indian Tribes to improve the resiliency of the electric grid infrastructure against disruptive events. AEA’s administration of the Program solely pertains to those Federal allocations to the State of Alaska over the Program’s five-year funding period; Alaska’s Tribal entities have been allocated their own funding. Alaska has been allocated $12.1 in formula grant funds, for the first year of funding, with the second year allocation yet to be determined by US DOE. AEA’s application to be submitted by March 31, 2023 will cover those allocations for the first two funding years, or approximately $24.2 million.  It is estimated that Alaska will receive approximately $60 million over the five-year Program period.  It is AEA’s plan to issue grant funds via a competitive, sub-award process.

Eligible entities that may apply for sub-awards under this Program include electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, and transmission owners or operators holding a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience, as issued by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Eligible activities to improve the resiliency of the electric grid infrastructure against disruptive events may include, but are not limited to: relocating or reconductoring powerlines; improvements to make the grid resistant to extreme weather; increasing fire resistant components; implementing monitoring, controls, and advanced modeling for real-time situational awareness; and integrating distributed energy resources like microgrids and energy storage.

AEA Invites Continued Public Input on its application to the Grid Resilience Program

In its efforts to encourage public participation throughout the application process, AEA has hosted two public meetings to solicit any comments and/or questions relating to AEA’s application to US DOE’s Section 40101(d) Formula Grants to States, as Federally funded via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).   Recordings of these meetings are available by accessing those links provided below:

Public Meeting #1 (Sept. 7, 2022)
Recording (as hyperlink) – Link document Provided by Karin McGillivray from Michael Baker
Summary (as hyperlink) - Link document Provided by Karin McGillivray from Michael Baker

Public Meeting #2 (Sept. 13, 2022)
Recording (as hyperlink) - Link document Provided by Karin McGillivray from Michael Baker
Summary (as hyperlink) - Link document Provided by Karin McGillivray from Michael Baker

Materials

Draft Program Narrative
Program Overview
US DOE Program Deadline Extension FAQs”

End of Public Comment Period:

To be determined.

For additional information or to provide comments, please email:

▪ Bryan Carey, PE, Director of Owned Assets, bcarey@akenergyauthority.org
▪ Conner Erickson, Manager of Planning cerickson@akenergyauthority.org