Grid Modernization under the Clean Energy Fund (CEF)

Since 2013, state investments have encouraged public-private partnerships on a diverse range of projects, leading the way in electrical grid modernization. From different battery chemistry to energy storage to microgrids and solar, Clean Energy Fund project data and business case analyses are transforming how utilities and communities view energy systems and resiliency.

The Grid Modernization program was allocated money for public and private electric utilities serving Washington consumers and must advance clean, renewable energy technologies and transmission and distribution control systems; support integration of renewable energy sources, deployment of distributed energy resources, and sustainable microgrids; or increase utility customer choice in energy sources, efficiency, equipment and utility services.

Commerce will make grants of up to $10,670,000 to public and private utilities under this solicitation. The amount of the individual grants will be between $1.0 million and $3.0 million.  Commerce grants will fund no more than 50% of the total project cost associated with obtaining eligible assets.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity closed on October 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. Applicants must have applied for Phase 1 to receive eligibility to proceed to Phase 2. The Phase 2 full application period opens October 30 and will be due December 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST.