March 10, 2023

Infrastructure Update

Stay informed on national infrastructure programs, funding, and developments with our weekly article. 

Press Releases     


DOE and EPA Partner to Support Reliable Electricity

March 9, 2023 | Source: EPA 

On Thursday, DOE and EPA signed a Joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide new clean energy opportunities that will support access to reliable, affordable electricity and advance the United States toward the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero economy by 2050. The MOU ensures that DOE and EPA can continue to support the ability of the power sector to maintain electric reliability and seize new reliability opportunities presented by clean energy advancement. The MOU will support the work of the two agencies as EPA develops new health and environmental protections for the power sector and as DOE works to implement President Biden’s historic investments in America, including resources for clean energy deployment and grid reliability and resilience from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.    


Biden-Harris Administration Recommends Advancing Eighteen Major Transit Projects 

March 9, 2023 | Source: DOT

On Thursday, 18 large transit projects in 11 states were recommended to receive $4.45 billion for construction by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. These large rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects were recommended to receive federal support in President Biden's FY 2024 Budget Request to Congress. Nine of those projects would receive funding recommendations for the first time. The listed projects, which require a local funding match, seek funding through the FTA Capital Investment Grants (CIG) and Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot programs. The report allocates $2.85 billion in annual appropriations requested from Congress and $1.6 billion in FY 2024 funding provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

FACT SHEET: The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 

March 9, 2023 | Source: White House

On Thursday, President Biden released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The budget outlines plans to “invest in America, lower costs and cut taxes for working families, and protect and strengthen Medicare and social security.” Regarding domestic infrastructure, The Budget invests $4.5 billion in clean energy across America, creating jobs to rural communities and cities, and developing a clean energy workforce development and sustainable infrastructure projects across the country, including $1.8 billion to weatherize and retrofit low-income Americans’ homes, and $83 million to electrify Tribal homes and transition Tribal Colleges and universities to renewable energy.  


Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of $16 Million for Pollution Prevention in Environmental Justice Communities 

March 8, 2023 | Source: EPA

On Wednesday, EPA announced the availability of $16 million for two new grant opportunities to support states and Tribes in providing technical assistance to businesses seeking to develop and adopt pollution prevention (P2) practices that advance environmental justice in underserved communities. The Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice in Communities is a new P2 grant opportunity to support technical assistance for businesses to specifically target and improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities. Applications for this grant are due by June 6, 2023. The Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products will support P2 technical assistance to businesses to increase the supply, demand and or use of safer and more sustainable products, such as those that are certified by EPA’s Safer Choice program, or those that conform to EPA’s Recommendations for Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing. Applications for this grant are due by June 20, 2023. 


Biden-Harris Administration Announces $6 Billion To Drastically Reduce Industrial Emissions and Create Healthier Communities 

March 9, 2023 | Source: DOE

On Wednesday, DOE announced approximately $6 billion in funding to accelerate decarbonization projects in energy-intensive industries and provide American manufacturers a competitive advantage in the emerging global clean energy economy. Funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the Industrial Demonstrations Program will focus on the highest emitting industries where decarbonization technologies will have the greatest impact, such as iron and steel, aluminum, cement and concrete, and other energy-intensive industrial processes. Widespread demonstration and deployment of decarbonization projects within these industries is key to achieving the President’s goal of a net-zero economy by 2050 and will help strengthen and secure America’s global leadership in manufacturing for decades to come. 

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USDA Announces More Than $43M Investment in Meat and Poultry Processing Research, Expansion and Innovation

On Thursday, USDA announced an investment of more than $43 million in meat and poultry processing research, innovation, and expansion to support ongoing efforts to transform the food system at every stage along the supply chain.

USDA Announces $29 Million to Increase American-Made Fertilizer Production

Today, USDA announced $29 million in grant offers under the first round of the The Biden-Harris Administration’s Fertilizer Production Expansion Program. The grants will help independent businesses increase production of American-made fertilizer, which will spur competition, give U.S. farmers more choices and fairer prices and reduce dependence on unreliable foreign sources.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Agency Deadline Funding
DE-FOA-0002890 Research on General Plasma Science Collaborative Research Facilities PAMS-SC 03/27/2023 $3,000,000
DE-FOA-0002813 BIL: Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation DOE-GFO 03/27/23 $45,000,000
NOAA-OAR-CPO-2023-2007771 BIL: Climate Program Office (CPO), Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division DOC 03/29/23 $4,800,000
DE-FOA-0002969 BIL: State Manufacturing Leadership Program, Section 40534 DOE-NETL 03/31/2023 NOI
EPA-I-OLEM-ORCR-23-07 Solid Waste Infrastructure For Recycling (Swifr) Grants For Tribes And Intertribal Consortia EPA 04/4/23 $40,000,000
DE-FOA-0002779 Additional Clean Hydrogen Programs (Section 40314): Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DOE-GFO 04/7/2023 $1,250,000,000
FTA-2023-002-TPM-LWNO FY 2023 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program DOT-FTA 04/13/2023 $1,221,350,117
FTA-2023-003-TPM-BUS FY 2023 Buses and Bus Facilities Program DOT-FTA 04/13/2023 $469,445,424
DC-WP-23-001 Denali Commission Program Grants DC 04/14/23 $35,150,000
DE-FOA-0002756 2022 FOA for Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities - BIL - Renew America's Schools DOE-GFO 04/21/2023 $80,000,000
FOA-ETA-23-31 DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program DOL-ETA 04/23/2023 $80,000,000
DE-FOA-0002920 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement in Support of Hydrogen Shot DOE-GFO 04/28/2023 $47,000,000
MA-PID-23-001 2023 Port Infrastructure Development Program Grants DOT-MA 04/28/2023 $662,203,512
EPA-I-R10-PS-2023-002 Ensuring Environmental Justice, Human Wellbeing, And Ecosystem Recovery In Puget Sound EPA 05/31/23 $7,000,000
EPA-I-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2023-001 FY 2023 – FY 2024 Pollution Prevention Grants: Environmental Justice in Communities EPA 06/6/23 $8,000,000
DE-FOA-0002907 BIL Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program Section 40209 DOE-NETL 06/08/2023 $350,000,000
DE-FOA-0002826 BIL Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Pilot Demonstrations DOE-GFO 06/16/2023 $74,000,000
EPA-I-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2023-002 FY 2023 – FY 2024 Pollution Prevention Grants: Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products EPA 06/20/23 $8,000,000

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Committee Hearings on Infrastructure:


Upcoming Hearings:


Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/15/23

Hearing: to examine implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, focusing on perspectives on the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act.


Senate Committee on the Budget

10:15 AM (EST) | 3/15/23

Hearings: to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2024.


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

3:00 PM (EST) | 3/15/23

Hearings: to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2024 for the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, and the Government Publishing Office.


Senate Committee on Finance

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/16/23

Hearings: to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2024.


Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/16/23

Hearings: to examine local views on public transportation, transit infrastructure and operations, and Federal transit programs.


Past Hearings:


Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety

2:30 PM (EST) | 3/7/23

Hearings: to examine the air, climate, and environmental impacts of crypto-asset mining, including an original bill entitled, "The Crypto-Asset Environmental Transparency Act".


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

9:00 AM (EST) | 3/8/23
Hearing: American Indian and Alaska Native Public Witness Day 1


House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/8/23

Hearing: Innovation Through Collaboration: The Department of Energy’s Role in the U.S. Research Ecosystem


House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/8/23

Hearing: Pipeline Safety: Reviewing Implementation of the PIPES Act of 2020 and Examining Future Safety Needs.


House Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation

2:00 PM (EST) | 3/8/23

Hearing: “Advances in AI: Are We Ready For a Tech Revolution?”


House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

2:00 PM (EST) | 3/8/23

Hearing: Oversight hearing titled “Benefits and Access: The Necessity for Multiple Use of Water Resources”.


House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/9/23

Hearing: The Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Plan: Examining the Agency’s Research and Development Programs and Future Plans


House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation

10:00 AM (EST) | 3/9/23

Hearing: FAA Reauthorization: Securing the Future of General Aviation