by Brian Anderson, Ph.D.
With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, America committed to rebuilding the country’s roads and bridges, expanding access to clean drinking water, tackling the climate crisis and advancing environmental justice by building a more resilient future and investing in communities that have too often been left behind.
As one of three U.S. Department of Energy procurement organizations, NETL professionals — including scientists and engineers, specialists in procurement, legal, the National Environmental Policy Act and communications — will be applying their expertise to process and manage nearly $15 billion of BIL awards. The Lab is well on its way to executing a significant portion of the BIL’s $62.5 billion.
Now, at the one-year anniversary of this once-in-a-generation investment in America’s competitiveness, we are beginning to see how the BIL is helping to deliver more clean energy, create new good-paying jobs, and lower costs for American families and workers all while guiding the nation towards a 100% carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero economy by 2050.
I’m proud to share a few highlights of NETL’s BIL work to strengthen the nation’s outdated energy infrastructure.
These are just a few of the important projects that NETL experts are undertaking with DOE program partners in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management; the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; the Office of Electricity; Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations; the Grid Deployment Office; the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains; and the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.
Behind execution of these critical investments is the hard work of NETL scientists and engineers whose commitment to excellence was obvious as we delivered quality program support and financial oversight of BIL efforts. The result is substantial progress toward our nation’s prosperous, decarbonized energy future.