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Grants to Iowa Utilities, Electric Grid Operators, and Distribution Providers for Projects to Improve the Reliability of the Electric Grid

Iowa Grid Resilience Fund


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
212150

Funding Source
Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
Iowa Energy Office
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/18/23
Deadline: 02/15/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa utilities, electric grid operators, and distribution providers for projects to improve the reliability of the electric grid. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that will improve grid resilience in the face of severe weather and other disruptive events.

IEDA established four objectives for the Iowa Grid Resilience Fund to guide investment decisions.

  1. Increase grid resilience: Undertake preventive actions to strengthen the grid against severe weather and improve asset management through evaluation and monitoring.
  2. Facilitate faster service restoration: Initiate measures or training to accelerate restoration following outages.
  3. Benefit underserved: Provide benefits to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations to reduce the impact of severe weather-related outages.
  4. Expand workforce: Increase opportunities for a skilled workforce to secure and retain quality jobs improving the resilience of Iowa’s electric grid.

The funding provided through this program may be used to implement a wide range of resilience measures intended to mitigate the impact of disruptive events, including:

  • Weatherization technologies and equipment
  • Fire-resistant technologies and fire prevention systems
  • Monitoring and control technologies
  • Undergrounding of electrical equipment
  • Utility pole management
  • Relocation of power lines or reconductoring of power lines with low-sag, advanced conductors
  • Vegetation and fuel-load management
  • The use or construction of distributed energy resources for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events, including microgrids and battery-storage subcomponents
  • Adaptive protection technologies
  • Advanced modeling technologies
  • Hardening of power lines, facilities, substations of other systems
  • Replacing old overhead conductors and underground cables
  • Training, recruitment, retention and reskilling of workers in order to perform the work required for the resilience measures listed above

Eligible Costs: https://www.iowaeda.com/userdocs/programs/resources/2023-IGR-Handbook.pdf#page=3



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
IEDA will accept applications from electric grid operators, generation and transmission owners and operators, and distribution providers. Within the context of Iowa’s electric infrastructure owners and service providers, these will include Iowa’s electric investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, transmission owners and operators, and rural electric cooperatives that provide generation, transmission, and/or distribution in Iowa. An application from an ineligible entity could proceed through the review process and if it scores high enough, the DOE will make the final decision about the project and applicant eligibility. IEDA encourages organizations not reflected on the eligible entity list to contact the IEDA program manager prior to applying.

Ineligible
Program funds may not be used for:
- Construction of a new
-- Electric generating facility, defined as construction of a facility that produces electricity, including emergency back-up generation, solar generation or any other electric generation unit or facility.
-- Large-scale battery storage facility that is not used for enhancing system adaptive capacity during disruptive events.
- Cybersecurity

Examples of ineligible costs (as stipulated by the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document by the DOE for assistance listing number 81.254) include:
- Activities that encourage or support political activities such as the collection and dissemination of information related to potential, planned or pending legislation.
- Activities that directly or indirectly support or oppose union organizing.
- Costs incurred prior to June 15, 2023.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar for program and application details via Microsoft Teams: December 18, 2023

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Application posted on IowaGrants.gov: December 7, 2023
- Webinar for program and application details via Microsoft Teams: December 18, 2023
- Application deadline: February 15, 2024
- Preliminary selection by IEDA: March 28, 2024
- Additional information required to provide to DOE: April 18, 2024
- Response from DOE and anticipated subaward notices: July 2024
- Training for subaward administrators (Date will be confirmed once DOE provides detail on when they may complete their review): August 2024

Applicants are encouraged to ask IEDA all related questions at least three business days prior to the application deadline.

Applicants will need to register to create an account through IowaGrants.gov before accessing the application, if they do not already have an account. If the person completing the application does not have an account, the applicant will need to allow a minimum of two weeks to register and activate their account.

Applicants should obtain a unique entity identifier (UEI) from the federal System for Award Management (SAM), if they do not already have one. The process could take several weeks, so applicants are encouraged to start the SAM registration process as soon as possible.

Applicants are required to provide cost share to the federal investment in their project. IEDA is also providing cost share at 15% of the federal amount. The cost share percentage differs based on size of the utility/applicant and their electricity sales.
- For applicants that sell over 4 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year, cost share must be at least 100% of the federal amount. Applicants in this category providing the minimum required cost share could have approximately 53% of their project cost covered by state and federal funding through this program.
- For applicants that sell less than 4 million MWh of electricity per year, cost share must be at least 33.34% of the federal amount. Applicants in this category providing the minimum required cost share could have approximately 77% of their project cost covered by state and federal funding through this program.

Disbursements will be made on a reimbursement basis.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum subaward amount is $200,000 and the maximum is $2 million.

Term of Contract
Subaward agreements will be for a duration of three years unless otherwise approved by IEDA with the potential to be extended to five years when adequate justification and progress on the project exists. Extensions beyond the five years are subject to approval by the DOE.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://www.iowagrants.gov/index.do

For more information, contact:
Stephanie Weisenbach, Program Manager
515.348.6221
stephanie.weisenbach@iowaeda.com

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