The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) initiative to link additional green energy to the country’s grid. The programme will reduce the time needed in interconnection queues for clean energy sources while also lowering grid connection rates. Through better data, roadmap development, and technical assistance, programme participants will work to develop solutions for faster, simpler, and more equitable interconnection of clean energy resources.
i2X was launched as a result of a partnership between the DoE and the government, with funding provided by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Experts from the DoE’s solar and wind energy technology centres and national labs will collaborate with i2X organisations to build a five-year plan to identify research gaps and standards for grid interconnection as part of the programme. The i2X programme is likely to be a valuable tool for the Biden administration in stabilising the country’s ever-growing renewable capacity while also laying out a variety of options for the sector to reach the President’s goal of 100 per cent clean electricity by 2035.
In April 2022, the US DoE announced that bids for a $6 billion nuclear renewal programme will be solicited. Nuclear power reactor owners and operators that are about to shut down for economic reasons can request for funding to avoid closing prematurely. The first round of awards from the new programme will prioritise funding nuclear plants that have already announced a closure date. The second round of funding in the program will begin in the first quarter of the 2023 financial year.