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Biden’s $366 Million Plan Boosts Renewable Energy Access in Isolated U.S. Communities

United States – The federal government will fund 17 projects throughout the U.S. and will be increasing access to renewable energy on Native American reservations and other underserved places, the Biden administration confirmed on Tuesday.

This $366-million-dollar plan will finance solar, battery storage, and hydropower-based projects to provide electricity for isolated communities where supplying power is costly and can be unreliable. Funds come from the $1 trillion infrastructure law, which President from Democrat Party Joe Biden signed in 2021, as reported by Associated Press.

Addressing Energy Challenges

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that energy access for about a fifth of homes located in northeastern Arizona, northwest New Mexico and south-eastern Utah is just an estimate.  As it has been revealed by the Biden administration – almost one-third of homes that have electricity on Native American reservations based in the U.S. face power cuts on a monthly basis.

The announcement signifies a victory for the Native tribes in Nevada and Arizona who have been fighting to safeguard their ancestral lands as well as sacred sites against the Biden administration’s efforts to expand renewable energy. From this also follows the day after the federal regulator increased the authority of the Native American tribes to halt the construction of the hydropower projects on their land, as reported by Associated Press.

Negotiations and Clean Energy Initiatives

The Biden administration will only ensure that these 17 projects get funds after undergoing negotiations with the project’s applicants and the federal government. The Department of Energy leaders were ready to attend meetings with the tribal leaders to present clean energy initiatives at the summit in the Southern part of the state, i.e., in California.

President Biden firmly believes that every community should benefit from the nation’s historic transition to a clean energy future, especially those in rural and remote areas,” U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

Diverse Portfolio Across 20 States and 30 Tribes

The projects are divided up into 20 states and have 30 tribes cooperating. The package also covers a $30 million grant for the distribution of plant-based energy to California wildfire-prone areas situated on the Sierra Nevada mountains and $32 million for the construction of solar and hydropower plants to a Native American tribe in Washington state, as reported by Associated Press.

For another $27 million, a hydropower plant in the tribe village in Alaska will be built to serve the community, while $57 million will be used for the purpose of powering health centers in isolated areas of the southeast, like Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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