DOE RFI on How Defense Production Act Supports National Security by Strengthening Grid Reliability.
DOE Seeks Input on How Defense Production Act Could Support National Security by Strengthening Grid Reliability
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Request for Information (RFI) to determine how DOE could best leverage the Defense Production Act (DPA) authority invoked by President Biden to accelerate domestic production of key technologies, strengthen U.S. power grid reliability, and deploy clean energy.
Following the President’s actions in June, DOE and the White House have engaged with stakeholders on maximizing the impact of DPA tools, and this RFI will gather additional input from the public. The President’s commitment to growing clean energy that’s made in America has already spurred billions in investments from private companies in solar, offshore wind, EV plants, batteries, and more, with additional investments on the way thanks to the President’s Inflation Reduction Act.
The national defense imperative to strengthen the U.S. clean energy manufacturing base has become more urgent. Russia’s war on Ukraine and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global supply chains and underscored the dangers of our overreliance on foreign sources for grid components and fossil fuels from adversarial nations. In the electricity sector, supply chain challenges such as wait times for upwards of two years for grid transformers have coincided with an increase in climate-fueled disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires, that threaten grid reliability. Building the domestic energy industrial base necessary to maintain and strengthen grid reliability and resilience is critical to the U.S. economy and our national defense.
November 30, 2022
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