Congresswoman Nikema Williams Highlights $2.3 Million Grant for Georgia Tech to Increase Equity in Atlanta’s Energy Future

ATLANTA Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) highlighted a $2.3-million grant for Georgia Tech to increase equity in Atlanta’s energy future. The grant was awarded by the Department of Energy and it’s Energyshed funding program. The Energyshed funding program aims to build data-driven tools to help communities shape their own energy future through better understanding of their current and future energy supply and demand landscape. These three projects will develop tools to empower communities to evaluate the impacts and benefits of locally generated energy

Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said: 

“Georgia Tech has always led the way inventing the technologies of the future. With the Energyshed grant from the Department of Energy, Georgia Tech will ensure Atlanta transitions to clean energy with a focus on equity. With this announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration is once again investing in Georgia’s communities.”

Dr. Tim Lieuwen, Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute said: 

“This Department of Energy Grant will enable Georgia Tech’s Energy Policy and Innovation Center to partner with our diverse, local communities to ensure that future energy planning incorporates the social, economic, equity and technical impacts of Georgia’s energy decisions. It directly aligns with our larger goal of ensuring that Georgia’s clean energy economy benefits all Georgians, especially those in underserved communities.” 

Georgia Tech’s project will create a new metropolitan energy planning process to evaluate the social, economic, equity, as well as technical impacts of various future energy scenarios within the Atlanta area. The team will develop modeling tools that combine technical energy data with key inputs from diverse communities.


Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Congresswoman Williams serves on the exclusive Financial Services Committee where she is Vice Chair of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. She is Freshman Class President and Co-Chairs the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as a champion of voting rights, closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of their ZIP code or bank account.


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