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Jan. 28, 2022, 11:00 AM

Energy Department to Flex $62 Billion Funding Muscle on Equity

Daniel Moore
Daniel Moore

The Energy Department plans to leverage much of its $62 billion in infrastructure funding to benefit low-income and minority communities, while environmental justice advocates see a need for wholesale changes in funding distribution to get dollars to the intended places.

The department’s standardized language is a key lever to scaling up the Biden administration’s Justice40 goals, Tony Reames, senior adviser on energy justice, told Bloomberg Law. The language is to be issued in funding guidance to state energy offices and tucked into competitive grants.

The Justice40 initiative calls for federal funding to deliver at least 40% of benefits to marginalized ...

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