Melissa Boyd is Senior Manager of Operations Support at Idaho Power. Former NARUC President Paul Kjellander, also former Idaho PUC President, is Senior Advisor at Public Utilities Fortnightly.
The Inflation Reduction Act's $370 billion in clean energy investments, effective August 2022, are designed to accelerate private investment in clean energy solutions in all sectors of the economy. That includes strengthening supply chains from critical minerals to efficient electric appliances, and ensuring the U.S. leads the way in climate change efforts.Public Utilities Fortnightly's Paul Kjellander examines the federal funds coming into the energy and utilities space and how State Energy Offices are playing a role. Listen in as he talks to the experts who are already dealing with the big funding issues, for there is much to learn.
PUF's Paul Kjellander: What is your role with the federal funding opportunities?
Melissa Boyd: I'm on a team that's leading the program office and efforts relating to grants and infrastructure programs, both in strategy and execution.
PUF: There's a lot to navigate as a utility with all this funding and opportunities that have emerged. How is your utility approaching some of these federal funding elements?
Melissa Boyd: When this started to roll out in late November 2021, our senior executives had the foresight to say, "Hey, this is big, and we need to get our arms around it." They reached out to me and my team and asked if we could take it, figure out how to navigate this, and build a program.