The Microgrids for Community Resilience (MCR) grant program is designed to build community resilience regarding electric grid disruptions through the development of microgrids. A microgrid is defined as a group of interconnected electric loads and distributed energy resources with clearly defined electrical boundaries that can function as a single, controllable entity with respect to the electric grid. Therefore, a microgrid can be connected to or disconnected from the electric grid to enable it to operate either in “grid-connected mode” or in “island mode.”
Additional Microgrid Grant Funding Notice
The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are pursuing additional microgrid funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 40101(d) Formula Grant through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) “Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid.” The Formula Grant sets aside approximately $8.6M for the State of Colorado.
Public Hearing Registration and Comment
DOLA and CEO will hold a public hearing to gather comments on a proposed uses of the 40101(d) funding.
NOTE: The U.S. DOE changed the grant deadline from September 30, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Due to this change, we canceled the September 7, 2022 public hearing and will reschedule it for a later date.
The MCR was established by House Bill 22-1013 and sets aside approximately $3.5 million for cooperative electric associations and municipally owned utilities to purchase microgrid resources for rural communities within the utilities’ service territories. Program development will take place in quarter four of calendar year 2022 for a program launch in 2023.
House Bill 22-1013 Eligibility
Applicants must be either:
- a cooperative electric association,
- a municipally owned utility.
The application must propose a microgrid project within a rural community that (1) are at significant risk of experiencing severe weather or natural disaster events and (2) has at least one “anchor institution” located within the community. An anchor institution may include any of the following essential services:
- Community Resiliency Hub
- Extreme weather (heating/cooling) center
- Banking and finance
- Security and defense
- Emergency and protective services