The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced $300 million for projects that increase energy affordability and promote climate resilience.

An additional $15 million is allotted for a prize competition to help rural communities build the capacity needed for clean energy development and deployment.

These two new funding opportunities are a critical component of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program, which aims to improve the resilience, reliability, and affordability of energy systems in communities across the country with 10,000 or fewer people.

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