Investment of M to enhance planning and permitting of renewable energy and storage projects.

The Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement program is set to allocate funds to projects in several states including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. These funds aim to streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects such as wind turbines, solar farms, and energy storage initiatives. The funding comes from the .2 trillion Inflation Reduction Act signed into law in 2022, with the goal of expediting the construction of projects awaiting approval from state and local governments.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm emphasized the importance of providing resources to local leaders to enable the deployment of clean energy solutions tailored to their communities’ specific needs. Public universities and state agencies will utilize the funding to educate elected officials at the city and county levels regarding the process of developing and approving renewable energy and energy storage projects.

In Indiana, Purdue University’s extension service will lead a collaboration to establish an engagement hub for cities and counties interested in clean power generation and energy storage, receiving .9 million in the first round of funding. Similarly, Iowa State University’s extension service in Iowa will receive .7 million to educate municipal and county officials on planning for renewable energy projects. In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will receive million to offer expertise to communities considering renewable energy initiatives.

This initiative aligns with the Biden Administration’s objective of achieving 100% clean electricity nationwide by 2035, predominantly generated through wind and solar power sources. A 2021 DOE study highlighted the necessity for at least 80% of the nation’s electricity to come from wind and solar power to meet this target.

The Energy Department plans to release additional information on the second round of funding in the coming weeks, furthering the administration’s commitment to advancing renewable energy adoption and enhancing the country’s clean energy infrastructure.

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