Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Minnesota could see a number of benefits from the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law including:
- Save Minnesotans money and leverage federal dollars
- Grow Minnesota’s businesses and create jobs
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
- Build a stronger, more resilient Minnesota
The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law enacted in November 2021 includes billions of dollars of funding opportunities to modernize the grid, build needed electric transmission, enhance energy system resilience, expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, advance building energy efficiency, smart manufacturing, carbon capture and utilization, renewables, and other innovative initiatives.
What the energy-related provisions mean for Minnesota
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law “How-To” Guidebook Available from White House
The White House has released a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook to provide information so communities know what to apply for, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild. This guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law, as well as an explanatory document that shows direct federal spending at the program level. This resource will be continually updated online at Build.gov. The goal is for communities across America to take full advantage of the opportunity this new funding presents.
Most funding is competitive
Most of the programs authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are for competitive funding.
Eligible entities to apply for competitive funding varies by program – check the Guidebook for details. Here are just a few of the many opportunities:
- Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs
- Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Grants
- Energy Improvement in Rural and Remote Areas
- Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grants
- Grants for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities
Limited Details Currently Available – It Will Take Time for Federal Government to Provide Details, Application Opportunities
The U.S. DOE alone will stand up about 60 new programs thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It may take a considerable amount of time for the federal government to issue the necessary details, guidance and applications for competitive funding opportunities. To guide program design and help potential recipients prepare to apply for and receive funding, Department of Energy will issue requests for information, notices of intent, webinars, and other stakeholder engagement opportunities.
To stay apprised of these opportunities, potential applicants can explore the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Programs for the latest announcements and upcoming federal engagements
Recent U.S. DOE activity
- The U.S. Department of Energy issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the $2.5 billion formula grants to states and tribes under the Section 40101 Grid Resilience Program as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. DOE is specifically seeking feedback on the formula grant program NOI, draft application and award requirements, and draft award formula allocation.
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders to inform the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $225M in funding for improved building codes. DOE is considering approaches which can enable sustained, cost-effective implementation of building energy codes, in accordance with Section 40511 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Responses from the public are due May 20.
Resources for Tribal Nations
This section will be updated as more information becomes available.
U.S. Department of Energy Bipartisan Infrastructure Law website
Partnership Opportunities/Sign-Up for Information
Sign up for periodic email updates from the Department of Commerce relating to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
Interested in partnering with the Department of Commerce around funding opportunities? Have questions? Send an email, detailing the program, your organization and contact information to: email@example.com. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is dedicated to making the most of this historic opportunity and looks forward to potentially working with local and tribal units of government, utilities, businesses and communities, and others interested in energy-related partnerships for the betterment of all Minnesotans.