State Awarded $17.2 Million Grant for Power Grid Resilience
The Colorado Energy Office and the state Department of Local Affairs have received a $17.2 million federal grant to enhance the resilience and reliability of Colorado's electric grid. This funding aims to address climate-driven extreme weather events and aging infrastructure. In response to the changing landscape of power generation, the state is exploring the role of microgrids in improving grid reliability. The Microgrids for Community Resilience (MCR) program, initiated by the Colorado Resiliency Office, focuses on strengthening essential infrastructure and community-based anchor institutions. Microgrids, interconnected electricity users with local power generation, can operate independently or connect to the main grid. The program also includes a microgrid roadmap development with additional state funds and plans to collaborate with utilities for strategic projects. The initiative aligns with efforts to reduce power outages, especially in remote and vulnerable communities.