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Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR)

ID: DE-FOA-0003246 • Type: Posted

Description

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is jointly issued by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) as part of their Interconnection Innovation Exchange (i2X) program1 to support innovative work to enable simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our electrical grid. The two FOA topic areas are as follows: Topic Area 1: Improved Efficiency of EMT Simulations for Interconnection Studies of IBRs Projects in this topic area will seek to improve the efficiency of the interconnection study process for new IBRs, such as solar and wind plants and battery energy storage systems, by improving software tools to study plant dynamics to increase long-term plant reliability. Projects will achieve this both by improving the speed of advanced, high-fidelity EMT modeling and simulation tools used in power systems interconnection studies and by developing a better understanding of when such high-fidelity simulations are necessary in the interconnection process. Topic Area 2: Dynamic Stability-Enhanced Network Assessment Tools Projects in this topic area will develop tools to provide stakeholders with data on transmission system characteristics related to stability, voltage, and grid strength while securing confidential and critical energy infrastructure information. Projects will establish the type of information required by stakeholders, develop a tool or tools, and test and evaluate those tools on at least one real transmission system. Topic Area 1 is primarily focused on the improvement of software tools, methods, or processes used to conduct EMT studies, the results of which will inform the transmission system interconnection stakeholders in Topic Area 2. Projects in Topic Area 2 do not need to be focused solely on transmission system characteristics based on EMT studies.
Background
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is jointly issued by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) as part of their Interconnection Innovation Exchange (i2X) program to support innovative work to enable simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our electrical grid.
SETO and WETO work to accelerate the development and deployment of solar and wind technologies to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and a net-zero energy sector by 2050. Achieving these goals will support the nationwide effort to address the climate crisis and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.

Grant Details
The two FOA topic areas are:
Topic Area 1: Improved Efficiency of EMT Simulations for Interconnection Studies of IBRs - Projects in this topic area will seek to improve the efficiency of the interconnection study process for new IBRs, such as solar and wind plants and battery energy storage systems, by improving software tools to study plant dynamics to increase long-term plant reliability.
Topic Area 2: Dynamic Stability-Enhanced Network Assessment Tools - Projects in this topic area will develop tools to provide stakeholders with data on transmission system characteristics related to stability, voltage, and grid strength while securing confidential and critical energy infrastructure information.

Eligibility Requirements
All projects must present a plan to engage with public partners or organizations representing local community interests.
Projects must justify that the knowledge and outputs generated from the project will contribute to more effective deployment of IBRs than current practices and explain this improvement relative to existing benchmarks.
Any projects proposing to create digital resources such as datasets, models, or decision support tools must include a plan for the maintenance or commercialization of that tool by the end of the project period of performance, to ensure that the tool remains useful and available to all relevant stakeholders after the end of DOE funding.

Grant Value
The total value of the grant is not specified.

Overview

Category of Funding
Energy
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
True
Source
On 3/19/24 Golden Field Office posted grant opportunity DE-FOA-0003246 for Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR) with funding of $10.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 81.087 Renewable Energy Research and Development. It is expected that 10 total grants will be made worth between $1.0 million and $2.5 million.

Timing

Posted Date
March 19, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
June 28, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 73 Days
Last Updated
March 19, 2024, 12:10 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
July 28, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Info
Domestic Entities The proposed prime recipient and subrecipient(s) must be domestic entities. The following types of domestic entities are eligible to participate as a prime recipient or subrecipient of this FOA: 1. Institutions of higher education; 2. For-profit entities; 3. Nonprofit entities; and 4. State and local governmental entities and federally recognized Indian Tribes (Indian Tribes). To qualify as a domestic entity, the entity must be organized, chartered, or incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States; have majority domestic ownership and control; and have a physical place of business in the United States. DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to participate as a subrecipient but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to participate as a subrecipient but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. Entities banned from doing business with the United States government such as entities debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participating in federal programs are not eligible. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995, are not eligible to apply for funding.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$2,500,000
Floor
$1,000,000
Estimated Program Funding
$10,000,000
Estimated Number of Grants
10

Contacts

Contact
Golden Field Office
Contact Email
Email Description
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Contact Phone
(202) 287-1878
Additional Information
EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange

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