Reminder for Grid Modernization Program – Application Deadline

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, May 7, 2021

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 18, 2021

This is a reminder to all retail electric utility representatives interested in applying for the current Grid Modernization program funding opportunity. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on May 18, 2021.

Commerce previously announced a new application period for the Grid Modernization Program, with up to $4.6 million in funding available. The available funding will support electric utilities in deploying grid modernization projects that facilitate integration of renewable energy sources, deployment of distributed energy resources and sustainable microgrids.

To support a wider range of the state’s utilities, this opportunity provides funding and technical assistance for earlier-stage pre-design and design activities for future capital projects. The application for funding under Application Track 1 (Predesign) has been simplified from previous rounds to minimize the investment of staff time to apply.

Only retail electric utilities are eligible to apply. However, Commerce is prioritizing applicants that demonstrate partnership with federally recognized Tribal governments and/or non-profit organizations serving Tribal communities or vulnerable populations.

More information, including examples of past projects and all application materials, is available on Commerce’s Grid Modernization webpage.

The Grid Modernization program is funded through Washington state’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF). The CEF funds projects that provide a public benefit to Washington communities through the deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, or otherwise increase energy independence for the state.