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February 15, 2022 | Tom Ballard

DOE announces two different initiatives related to the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued two notices last week describing its intent to provide $2.91 billion to boost production of the advanced batteries that are critical to rapidly growing clean energy industries of the future, including electric vehicles and energy storage.

Separately, but on the same day, the Department released a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Request for Information (RFI) related to $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit Program. The nuclear credit program supports the continued operation of U.S. nuclear reactors, the nation’s largest source of clean power.

Both we directed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Congress passed in November. It is officially known as the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”

DOE intends to fund battery materials refining and production plants, battery cell and pack manufacturing facilities, and recycling facilities that create good-paying clean energy jobs. The funding is expected to be made available in the coming months and will ensure that the U.S. can produce batteries, as well as the materials that go into them, to increase economic competitiveness, energy independence, and national security.

More information on that plan can be found here. Information about the Civil Nuclear Credit Program can be found here.

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