DOE Factsheet: Biparty Infrastructure Agreement Will Provide Clean Energy to U.S. Workers, Families, and the Future

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The bipartite agreement on infrastructure is a long overdue investment in infrastructure, workers, families and our country’s competitiveness. A key part of President Biden’s Build Back Better program, the infrastructure deal includes more than $ 62 billion for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to deliver a fairer clean energy future to the American people by proceeding as following :

  • Invest in manufacturing and American workers.
  • Expand access to energy efficiency and clean energy for families, communities and businesses.
  • Delivering reliable, clean and affordable energy to more Americans.
  • Building the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy demonstrations.

Investing in American Manufacturing and Workers

Revitalize National Supply Chains and U.S. Manufacturing Leadership

For too long, we have ceded manufacturing ground to our global competitors. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal’s investments in clean energy technology supply chains will enable the United States to manufacture the energy technologies of the future right here at home, strengthening our competitiveness in a global clean energy market which is expected to reach $ 23 trillion by the end of the decade. These investments will create jobs up and down the supply chain, especially manufacturing jobs and tailored skills opportunities for fossil fuel workers.

The infrastructure agreement:

  • Investing over $ 7 billion in the battery supply chain, which are essential to fueling our economy with clean, affordable and resilient 24/7 energy and transportation options. This will include producing critical minerals, sourcing materials for manufacturing, and even recycling critical materials without re-mining / mining.
  • Provide an additional $ 1.5 billion for the manufacture of clean hydrogen and the advancement of RD&D in recycling.
  • To create a new $ 750 million grant program to support advanced energy technology manufacturing projects in coal mining communities.
  • Develop DOE loan program office authority (LPO) to invest in projects that increase the domestic supply of essential minerals and expand LPO programs that invest in manufacturing zero-carbon technologies for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, trains, airplanes and shipping.

Investing in the American Workforce

Investing in American workers means investing in America’s future. Combined with the Build Back Better Act, the bipartite infrastructure agreement will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year, over the decade, while accelerating America’s path to full employment and increasing labor market participation. These jobs will be spread across all regions of the country and the vast majority will not require a university degree.
The infrastructure agreement:

  • Require all construction workers on projects funded by the agreement to receive prevailing wages, in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act.
  • Investing hundreds of millions in workforce development, giving workers in the electricity grid, clean buildings and industrial sectors access to training in cutting-edge technologies that will boost their careers for years to come.
  • Establish a multi-agency Energy Employment Council work with stakeholders and oversee the development and publication of energy jobs and workforce data to inform decisions by governments, businesses and other stakeholders at national, state and local levels.

Expanding access to energy efficiency and clean energy for families, communities and businesses

Clean energy is already cheaper than fossil fuels in most parts of the country, and it continues to decline. Increasing access to clean energy will save families money – and for low-income households, who already spend up to 30% of their income on energy costs, these savings are essential. At the same time, more clean energy means less carbon and air pollution, which disproportionately harms low-income communities, and especially communities of color. Greater clean energy capacity will provide these communities with cleaner air, better health outcomes, and lower health care bills.

The bipartite infrastructure agreement will boost the deployment of clean energy by funding several highly efficient state and local programs that will spur projects that increase access to energy efficiency to save money for families, businesses and American communities, help meet our clean energy goals and accelerate job growth. The infrastructure deal also expands DOE’s existing grant and loan programs to help states cool homes, increase energy efficiency, and expand clean production.

The infrastructure agreement:

  • Invest $ 3.5 billion in the Weatherization Assistance Program to increase energy efficiency, improve health and safety, and reduce energy costs for low-income households by hundreds of dollars each year.
  • Investing $ 500 million to provide cleaner schools for our children and teachers providing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to public schools, as well as an EPA’s $ 5 billion effort to replace thousands of polluting diesel school buses with electric buses. Together, these investments will reduce energy costs in our schools and improve the health of teachers and students by improving indoor air quality.
  • Invest $ 550 million in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program (EECBG) and $ 500 million in the state energy program providing grants to communities, cities, states, US territories and Indian tribes develop and implement clean energy programs and projects that will create jobs.

Providing reliable, clean and affordable energy to more Americans

Bring the electrical network into the 21st century

Extreme weather events like the Dixie Wildfire, Hurricane Ida, and the Texas Freeze 2021 have made it clear that our existing energy infrastructure cannot withstand the impacts of climate change. Modernizing and expanding the electricity grid will make our energy sector more resilient, while enabling the delivery of affordable, reliable and clean energy to support President Biden’s goal of 100% clean energy here. 2035.

The infrastructure agreement:

  • Provide $ 11 billion in grants to states, tribes and utilities to improve the resilience of power infrastructure against disruptive events such as extreme weather and cyber attacks.
  • Establish a $ 2.5 billion transmission facilitation program for DOE to help develop transmission lines of national significance, increase resilience by connecting regions of the country, and improve access to cheaper clean energy sources.
  • Return to $ 3 billion expansion of the smart grid investment matching grant program, focusing on investments that improve network flexibility. These include upgrading existing transmission and distribution systems and other actions, such as the deployment of energy storage. Together, this will help the grid adapt to a new energy future where families and businesses often generate their own clean energy through microgrids and other distributed energy sources.

Maintain our existing own production fleet

Our country already derives 27% of its electricity from nuclear and hydroelectric installations that are decades old. They are critical sources of clean energy, but as they age and cost more to maintain, we risk losing these key sources of clean energy and well-paying jobs. The bipartite infrastructure agreement provides funding to ensure that we can keep these clean energy sources online.

The infrastructure agreement:

  • Allocate $ 6 billion to the civilian nuclear credit program to prevent the premature decommissioning of existing zero-carbon nuclear power plants, helping to save thousands of well-paying union jobs across the country. The program is available to factories that would otherwise be retired and that are certified as safe to continue operating and prioritizes factories that use domestically produced fuel.
  • Invest over $ 700 million in existing hydroelectric facilities to improve efficiency, maintain dam safety, reduce environmental impacts and ensure that generators continue to provide emission-free electricity.

Building the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy demonstrations

While the technologies needed to decarbonize much of our economy are both available and affordable thanks in part to decades of DOE-led technological development, further innovation is a critical part of meeting the president’s goals of a 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 and a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. With the bipartite infrastructure agreement, US scientists and researchers will have the resources they need to demonstrate these breakthroughs in energy production. clean energy and prove it on a large scale.

The infrastructure agreement:

  • To bring $ 21.5 billion in funding for clean energy demonstrations and research centers focused on the next generation technologies needed to achieve our goal of net zero by 2050, including:
    • $ 8 billion for clean hydrogen, which will boost our progress towards heavy trucking and industrial sectors that operate without producing carbon pollution.
    • Over $ 10 billion for carbon capture, direct air capture and reduction of industrial emissions, offering skills opportunities tailored to fossil fuel workers.
    • $ 2.5 billion for advanced nuclear, which would provide clean electricity 24/7 and create well-paying jobs.
    • $ 1 billion for demonstration projects in rural areas and $ 500 million for demonstration projects in hard-hit communities.


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