November 07, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million to Support Naperville’s Clean Energy Transition


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the City of Naperville will receive a $1,116,174 award to support the city’s transition to clean energy by updating its power grids. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program (GRIP) and by boosting Naperville’s energy efforts, this investment will also help support union jobs, our state’s decarbonization goals and decrease energy costs for Illinoisans.

“This federal investment will help Illinois create a cleaner future, support good-paying, local union jobs and curb energy costs for working families,” said Duckworth. “Investing in clean energy has a positive ripple effect for Illinoisans and families across our nation and updating our grids is a necessary effort in this progress toward our clean energy future.”

“Naperville is a leading example of a city embracing the clean energy transition,” said Durbin. “With this federal funding, Naperville will enable a smarter, more efficient grid—one that’s ready for residents who want solar panels on their roof or an EV charger in their garage. Grid upgrades like these create jobs across the region and help ensure a cleaner, more reliable energy future for all Illinoisans.”

In addition to this federal funding to Naperville, ComEd will receive $50 million to improve power grid resilience in Rockford, Illinois, and ­­­Algonquin Power Fund America, Inc, will receive $42,905,918 for clean energy transitions in Illinois and Texas. This totals $94,022,092 in federal investment impacting Illinois through the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Program.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s GRIP program was established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, legislation championed by both Duckworth and Durbin. Through this program, DOE is investing a historic $10.5 billion in rural and urban power systems across the nation, making them more energy efficient and weather-resilient.