We are at a singularly unique moment in the history of American infrastructure. We have the opportunity to make the most of the investments being made to meet climate goals and remain competitive globally, while putting technology already at our fingertips to work for a more resilient, equitable and livable society. We have the right tools for the job, so it’s time to get to work.Ruth Gratzke, President Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA
Strengthening our inherited infrastructure
As the foundation is being set to jumpstart rapid progress, now is an important moment to recognize the value of not just building new but revitalizing what is already in front of us — our country’s inherited infrastructure.
Federal Funding for Airport Infrastructure
Airport Infrastructure Grants
The Airport Infrastructure Grant program provides $15 billion over five years to modernize existing airport infrastructure. The funding will be administered by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and with $3 billion being made available for federal fiscal year 2022, we anticipate that the Department of Transportation will move quickly to make this opportunity available.
*There is no maximum apportionment limit.
Projects eligible for funding include:
- Updated gate construction that includes building utilities (including heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical service) for air carriers with less than 50 percent of the annual passenger boardings at an airport.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure to support electric vehicles and ground support equipment used at commercial service airports.
New Airport Terminal Program
The “New Airport Terminal Program” makes $5 billion available for airport terminal development projects. The funding will be made available through competitive grants that will be administered by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Secretary of Transportation will issue a notice of funding opportunity no later than 60 days after the date of enactment of IIJA, which is January 14, 2022.
*The share of the cost of projects carried out from funds made available under the program shall be 80 percent for large and medium hub airports and 95percent for small hub, non-hub, and nonprimary airports.
Projects eligible for funding include those that:
- increase capacity and passenger access
- replace aging infrastructure
- achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and expand accessibility for persons with disabilities
- improve airport access for historically disadvantaged populations
- improve energy efficiency, including upgrading environmental systems, upgrading plant facilities, and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation standards
- improve airfield safety through terminal relocation; and
- encourage actual and potential competition.
FAA Facilities & Equipment Funding
Administered by the FAA, the ATC Facilities and Engineering Services provides $5 billion to upgrade for FAA’s Facilities and Equipment, which includes funding for FAA owned ATC facilities, including FAA-owned contract towers. The funding is spread out over five years and is subject to congressional approval each fiscal year.
- FAA-owned facilities
- Funding for capital investments related to air navigation facilities and aviation safety systems
This program has long had a backlog of projects and it is widely anticipated the FAA will move first to tackle deferred projects.
Additional Federal Funding for Education Infrastructure
The bipartisan Infrastructure law will provide $500 million in grants to be used to improve the energy efficiency and renewable energy infrastructure at public school facilities, both K12 and higher education.
The State Energy Offices will be deploying the funding from FY22-26 ($100 million each year).
- Renovation, repair, and improvement funding needs that focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
This opportunity, combined with significant unspent federal COVID relief funding, can be leveraged by K12 schools and for higher education to improve educational infrastructure. Additional funding in the “Build Back Better” bill appears to be forthcoming.
We have dedicated teams in place that can help you create a roadmap for your smart school or campus with the best technologies and strategies to meet your energy efficiency, sustainability, health, and resiliency goals to transform your educational institutions now and for the future.
Much of the previous funding remains unspent. To check for your school or district, please visit: https://covid-relief-data.ed.gov/
New Federal Funding for Federally Owned Facilities
The bipartisan Infrastructure law will increase program funding for the “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies grant program” to $250 million. Grants will be awarded in support of energy and water efficiency projects and processes in federally owned facilities.
The funding will be administered by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (DOE FEMP) beginning in FY22 and will continue until all funds are used.
Eligible Uses/ Projects that:
- promote the use of external, leveraged funding to advance energy affordability and resilience
- integrate technologies that advance the resilience and mission-critical functionality of a site/not part of a leveraged project,
- support the deployment of an integrated energy management system
- Federal Government-owned facilities
New Federal Funding is Available to Help Enhance Resiliency of the Electric Grid
Federal Funding for State and Local Government
Now is an important moment for our country. The U.S. government is preparing to invest billions of dollars to support modernization of critical infrastructure systems that have formed the backbone of our economy for decades, including what has been called the greatest machine ever built -- our 100-year-old power grid, the nation’s aging buildings, and logistically essential airports.
The bipartisan Infrastructure law will provide more than $60 billion for state and local governments to electrify transportation, modernize ports, enhance grid resiliency, and increase the energy efficiency of buildings.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding
The infrastructure law has multiple funding sections specifically related to electrifying transportation, which includes not only the electric vehicle itself, but also the critical infrastructure that support it.
Electric Grid Modernization & Resiliency Funding
The threat of extreme weather events, natural disasters and wildfires is increasing every year. Pair this with the rise in energy demands and our grid has an enormous challenge to overcome. The law provides $9 billion in funding to support solutions that reduce the impact of natural disasters, including flooding, wildfires, and storms.
Energy Efficiency Funding
We spend up to 90 percent of our lives inside buildings and the flow of energy, emissions, and air in and out of these structures results in a huge impact on emissions, efficiency, and safety. Buildings alone contribute to nearly 75 percent of our nation’s energy usage – a staggering number, but one we can change, starting with the $1.3 billion allocated for energy efficiency at the state and local level.
New Federal Funding for Airports
Our roads and bridges are not the only transportation infrastructure that require attention and funding. Our airports also are in dire need of modernization. The bipartisan infrastructure law will provide $20 billion to support airport repair and maintenance backlogs, expansion of accessibility, and energy efficiency upgrades, as well as support new terminal builds.
New Federal Funding for Ports
Ports face increased pressure to operate efficiently and safely, despite the fact that their existing infrastructure is not suited to support these needs. The infrastructure law assists in these areas to keep our ports operating efficiently, as well as complying with TWIC® (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) guidelines as required through TSA for safety.