January 21, 2022


The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act builds on the Energy Act of 2020 and provides $62 billion for the Department of Energy to accelerate a ground-breaking energy innovation push. The vast majority of these funds are directed to existing programmatic offices to expand research, development, and demonstration of key innovative technologies.

In addition to energy innovation, the bill makes significant investments into preserving existing clean energy electricity generation, grid modernization, the clean energy supply chain, and energy efficiency.

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Below is a list of specific agency announcements pertaining to implementation of the Energy Act of 2020 and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Key Takeaways

Clean Energy Demonstrations

  • $21.5 billion to DOE for clean energy demonstrations and research hubs.
  • $750 million for new grant program to support energy manufacturing projects in coal communities.
  • $7 billion in grants/prizes for the supply chain for batteries.
  • $1.5 billion for clean hydrogen manufacturing and advancing recycling RD&D.
  • Expand the authority of DOE’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to invest in clean energy projects.
  • $6 billion in tax credits for existing nuclear plants and $700 for existing hydropower facilities.

Existing Emissions-free Electricity

  • $6 billion in tax credits to prevent premature retirement of existing zero-carbon nuclear plants.
  • More than $700 million in existing hydropower facilities to improve efficiency, maintain dam safety.

Grid Modernization

  • $11 billion in DOE grants to enhance resilience of electric infrastructure against disruptive events.
  • $2.5 billion Transmission Facilitation Program for DOE to help develop nationally significant transmission lines.
  • $3 billion in matching grants through the Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program.

Clean Energy Supply Chain

  • Invest more than $7 billion in the supply chain for batteries. This will include producing critical minerals, sourcing materials for manufacturing, and even recycling critical materials without new extraction/mining. 
  • Provide an additional $1.5 billion for clean hydrogen manufacturing and advancing recycling RD&D.
  • Create a new $750 million grant program to support advanced energy technology manufacturing projects in coal communities.
  • Expand the authority of DOE’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to invest in projects that increase the domestic supply of critical minerals and expand LPO programs that invest in manufacturing zero-carbon technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, trains, aircraft, and marine transportation.

Orphan Wells and Abandoned Mines

  • $4.7 billion to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned wells.
  • $11.3 billion for the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund.

Energy Efficiency

  • $3.5 billion in Weatherization Assistance Program
  • $500 million in grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements at public schools
  • $5 billion EPA effort to replace diesel school buses with electric buses
  • $550 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) and $500 million for State Energy Program grants

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