In December, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the establishment of the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, which will be responsible for overseeing the $20 billion in funding authorized for clean energy technology demonstrations in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The infrastructure act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on 15 November. The new office will report to the Undersecretary of Energy for Science and Energy.
The office will oversee a wide range of demonstration initiatives, including clean hydrogen, carbon capture, grid-scale energy storage, modular nuclear reactors and more. The overall goal of the investment in demonstration funding is to help meet the U.S. climate goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, while reducing pollution, creating good-paying jobs, and benefiting disadvantaged communities, including communities already significantly impacted by climate change. The focus on funding demonstration projects, in conjunction with federal investments in R&D, is designed to pave the way towards widespread adoption and deployment of innovative technologies by demonstrating their capabilities in real-world conditions at scale.
“Thanks to the investments Congress made in the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and markets,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This new office will hire the best and brightest talent to invest in cutting edge clean energy projects, and DOE is calling on anyone dedicated to addressing the climate crisis to roll up their sleeves and join us.”
For more information on the new Demonstration office, see: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-establishes-new-office-clean-energy-demonstrations-under-bipartisan-infrastructure-law
For more information on DOE’s programs that support R&D on clean energy technologies, see: https://www.energy.gov/clean-energy