DOE Announces $750 Million to Advance Clean Hydrogen Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a $750 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on behalf of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office to improve the efficiency, increase the durability, and reduce the cost of producing clean hydrogen with electrolyzers; advance new manufacturing technologies and techniques for clean hydrogen production; and create innovative and practical approaches to increase the reuse and recycling of clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The FOA is broken into two areas of interest (Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis Program and Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing and Recycling) and is made up of six topical areas. State, local, and Tribal governments are eligible applicants. Concept papers are due April 19, 2023 and full applications are due July 19, 2023. For more information access the FOA here.
DOE Notice of Intent: Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC), intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program (Section 40209).” DOE anticipates that the FOA will award financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements or grants to small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms to establish new facilities or to re-equip or expand existing facilities to manufacture or recycle advanced energy property in energy communities (map). The anticipated FOA will provide approximately $350 million in awards with a focus on projects with high supply chain impacts and strong community benefits plans. Please click here for more information including a link to the full NOI document.
DOE Releases National Transmission Needs Study for Public Comment and Feedback
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) released a draft of the National Transmission Needs Study for public comment and feedback. The Needs Study provides information about present and anticipated future capacity constraints and congestion on the nation’s electric transmission grid and serves as DOE’s triennial state of the grid report. Findings of the Needs Study will provide public insight into areas of the power grid that would benefit from increased transmission capacity. In October 2022, an initial draft of the Needs Study was released to States, Tribes, and regional grid entities to ensure regional, interregional, and national perspectives are taken into consideration. DOE received nearly 180 comments from 20 different entities and that feedback has been incorporated into this second draft. DOE is requesting feedback on the second Draft National Transmission Needs Study, specifically on the analysis used, conclusions, or any other comments or suggestions for improving the study. Public comments and questions about the draft Needs Study are due 45 days from publication of the Needs Study notification in the Federal Register. GDO anticipates releasing the final Needs Study in Summer 2023.
EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG)
This EPA program, provided under the Inflation Reduction Act, will offer grants to states, territories, tribes, air pollution control agencies, and local governments to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. Phase 1 of the program will provide $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants and Phase 2 will grant $4.6 billion competitively for implementation. The program will be designed to provide flexible support to states, tribes and local governments regardless of where they are in their climate planning and implementation process. Find more info on the program, to access February 15 introductory webinar materials and sign up for the CPRG newsletter, visit here.
Invitation to Complete the 2023 U.S. Energy and Employment Report Survey
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with BW Research Partnership, has launched a data collection effort for the 2023 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), a workforce survey of the energy and motor vehicle business community. NASEO Affiliate members and other energy sector partners of the State and Territory Energy Offices are invited to take their confidential, voluntary survey, which will take between 15-25 minutes to complete. Responses will provide the crucial feedback DOE and its partners need to ensure the contributions of energy companies to the U.S. economy are well understood by policymakers. To be included, complete the survey by March 13, 2023.
EPA Announces Grants for States to Support Class VI Well Programs for CO2 Sequestration
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will make $50 million available to help states, Tribes, and territories develop Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class VI programs that establish regulatory “primacy” for the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. Interested states, Tribes, and territories must first submit a letter of intent (LOI) to indicate their interest in the grant program by March 20, 2023, identifying which state agency will administer the program. Additional information on the grant opportunity can be found here and a template for the LOI here.
DOE Announces Availability of Technical Assistance to Improve Interconnection Processes
The Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange (i2X) is a program led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy Technology and Solar Energy Technologies Office and is funded through the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). i2X works to streamline the interconnection process for clean energy resources. The recently announced technical assistance opportunity will be provided by three national labs and will support up to 12 projects leading to grid modeling, development of case studies, technical road mapping, and more. State, territorial, local, and Tribal governments are eligible to apply by 4:00 pm ET p.m. March 21, 2023.
DOE Announces $6 Billion Funding Opportunity for Industrial Demonstrations
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for approximately $6 billion to accelerate decarbonization projects and enhance American economic competitiveness in energy-intensive industries. The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), in collaboration with the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and the Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), will provide up to 50% of the cost for first-of-a-kind or early-stage commercial-scale projects from the highest emitting industries involving cross-cutting technologies that have the greatest potential, directly or indirectly, to achieve significant decarbonization domestically and globally. Applicants must include a community benefits plan for engaging communities and labor; investing in America’s workforce; advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and implementing the Justice40 Initiative. Concept papers are due by April 21, 2023, and full applications are due by August 4, 2023. Read the full FOA here and learn more about the Industrial Demonstrations Program here.
DOE Announces Funding for Two Carbon Management Programs
In February 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, in collaboration with the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced $2.5 billion in funding opportunities for two programs: Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilots (concept papers are due April 5, 2023) and Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program (letters of intent are due March 28, 2023). The programs will look at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation and the industrial sector by demonstrating and deploying carbon management technologies. State and local governments are eligible to apply for both.
DOE Opens Third Round of Applications for Technical Assistance to Support Energy Resilience for Remote and Island Communities
On February 21, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced that the third round of applications are open for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP). The program, which is a part of the Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI), will provide technical assistance for remote and island communities to strengthen their energy systems and address unique energy resilience challenges. Remote and island communities will have the opportunity to collaborate with a network of partners including DOE, national laboratories, regional partner organizations, and local stakeholders to purse clean and efficient solutions for a community-driven energy transition through strategic resilience planning. Up to two communities will be chosen for the program and this round of ETIPP has expanded the scope to communities in the Gulf of Mexico (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). Applications for ETIPP will remain open through May 19, 2023 and more information about program can be found here. An ETIPP informational webinar will take place on April 11, 2023, registration is open here.
DOE Announces Funding for Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for $315 million of the expected $1 billion for the Energy improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program. The ERA seeks to improve energy systems in areas with less than 10,000 people. $300 million is available for projects that increase energy affordability and promote climate resilience and $15 million is available for the Energizing Rural Communities Prize which will help connect communities with government funding and partners to support the implementation of clean energy projects. Concept papers for the ERA are due April 14, 2023 with full applications due June 28, 2023 – state and local governments are eligible. For the prize funding, applications are due May 24, 2023.
DOE Releases Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Revolving Loan Fund Program Guidance
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released guidance documents for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF Program). The RLF Program allocates $250 million to State and Territorial Energy Offices to capitalize revolving loan funds to conduct audits and finance energy efficiency improvements in the residential and commercial building sectors. The guidance documents include application instructions for the capital available under the program, the capital allocations for the program (including priority state allocations), an application checklist, the reporting template, a template for declining funds for the program, and the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document for the states. Applications are due no later than April 21, 2023. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Sam Cramer, Senior Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOE Releases Application Materials for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of State and Community Programs has launched the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program Formula Application Hub as a one-stop-shop for information for State Energy Offices and units of local government eligible to receive EECBG formula funds. Pre-award information sheets are due by April 28, 2023, and DOE will review and approve applications for grants and vouchers on a rolling basis through January 31, 2024. Please contact Sandy Fazeli (email@example.com) with questions.
Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project Community Technical Assistance
ETIPP provides technical assistance to remote and island communities to identify and plan locally-relevant clean energy and resiliency solutions. To learn more about applying for technical assistance, click here. Applications will close on May 19, 2023.
U.S. Treasury Issues Guidance on Two IRA Tax Credit Provisions
The U.S. Treasury Department issued initial guidance (news release) for two Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) tax credit programs. The 45C Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit program (guidance) will provide $10 billion in investment tax credits for industrial projects that make, process, or recycle qualifying clean energy products and materials, such as for renewables, industrial decarbonization, electric vehicles, carbon management, and critical minerals. Forty percent of credits are reserved for projects in communities with closed coal mines or retired coal-fired power plants. The application process for the first tranche begins May 31, 2023. The 48(e) Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program (guidance) offers a boost of up to 20 percentage points to the investment tax credit for solar and wind energy projects in low-income communities. A two-phase application process for this program will open in 2023.
DOE’s Loan Programs Office Enables New Financing Opportunities for State-Financed Energy Projects
U.S. DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO), which has provided loans to companies that have successfully launched new energy technologies, can now provide financing for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even if they do not rely upon technology that is untested in the marketplace. An adjustment in the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act enabled LPO to make loans under its Title 17 program as long as those projects receive funding from a qualifying state financing entity. Therefore, LPO can now provide loan guarantees and project financing to a wide range of potential customers, including rural and underserved communities. Generally, the threshold to request LPO loans is a minimum $100 million project. LPO is ready to provide support at the conceptual level or assist with technical details on the financing parameters. More information about the program and how to contact LPO is available here.
DOE Seeks Reviewers for Energy Storage RD&D Program Applications
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking reviewers, including State Energy Officials, for two recently released Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA). The first, Innovations to Accelerate Energy Storage Deployment (C56-09 Small Business Program), is looking to fund projects that enhance energy storage’s ability to provide benefits and reduce current barriers that prevent or delay energy storage from being deployed. The second, Long Duration Energy Storage Demonstrations FOA, will support projects capable of delivering electricity for 10-24 hours or longer. Please reach out to Vinod Siberry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in serving as a reviewer for either program.
Initial Program Design Announced for the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF)
EPA has released program design details on the GGRF program, created under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The program will offer $7 billion in Zero-Emissions Technology Fund competitive grants to states, tribes, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit entities to deploy residential rooftop solar, battery storage, and community solar in low-income and disadvantaged communities, as well as $20 billion in General and Low-Income Assistance competitive grants to eligible nonprofit entities to collaborate with community financial institutions to provide financial and technical assistance for projects that reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of air pollution, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities. EPA anticipates releasing a Notice of Funding Opportunities in early Summer 2023. To read the press release, click here. For program resources and updates, please visit this website.
U.S. Department of Energy Notice of Intent: State Manufacturing Leadership Program
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Intent to invest up to $50 million to work with States to accelerate use of smart manufacturing technologies and practices and provide access to tools and assistance. The State Manufacturing Leadership Program supports new or expanded State programs that exhibit leadership in accelerating the deployment and use of smart manufacturing and high performance computing technologies by small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs).
Applications Open for EPA 2023 Environmental Government-to-Government Program
EPA is accepting applications for projects that address environmental and public health challenges in overburdened and underserved communities. States partnering with community-based organizations are eligible to apply. More information is available on the EPA website.
U.S. Department of Energy Opens Applications for Grants to Support Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities
The U.S. Department of Energy has launched two new funding opportunities to support energy upgrades in America’s highest-need K-12 school facilities, the Renew America’s Schools grant ($80 million) and the Energy CLASS Prize ($4.5 million). Eligible primary applicants are local education agencies, but governmental entities such as state and local agencies may join applications as project partners. To view the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Renew America’s Schools, visit DOE EERE Exchange. To view program guidelines and official rules for the Energy CLASS Prize, please visit this website. For the latest announcements and resources, including recordings of webinars held on the two new programs on December 6th and December 7th, please visit DOE’s website.
U.S. Department of Energy Workforce Development ORISE Fellow
The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking to hire federal employees who will help manage and supervise a new workforce development program created through the Inflation Reduction Act, including the “State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants” program which includes $200 million in funds for states to support residential energy efficiency and electrification workforce. DOE does not yet have position descriptions for these roles yet, so reach out to Mary MacPherson (email@example.com) to learn more about them.
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $23M to Fund Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) announced a $23 million funding opportunity to establish a regional network of Onsite Energy Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) to help industrial facilities and other large energy users increase the adoption of onsite energy technologies. Such technologies include battery storage, combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, geothermal, industrial heat pumps, renewable fuels, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, thermal storage, and wind power. The FOA is expected to include about $23 million in federal funding through cooperative agreements for the following:
- Topic 1 - Regional Onsite TAPs: Funding up to 10 entities to serve as regional Onsite Energy TAPs, each serving a multi-state region.
- Topic 2 - Onsite Energy Technical Analysis and Support Center: Funding one national entity to serve as the Onsite Energy Technical Analysis and Support Center.
Subject to the availability of funds, the awards will be issued as cooperative agreements with an estimated period of performance of three years for Topic 1 and four years for Topic 2. Full applications are due April 21, 2023. View the full funding opportunity for more information.
To encourage the formation of a diverse range of project teams, a Teaming Partner List is offered where interested parties can provide contact information and indicate areas of expertise and interest. Updates to the Teaming Partner List are available on the EERE Exchange website.
U.S. Department of Energy Releases Updated Notice of Intent to Fund Carbon Conversion Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) released an updated Notice of Intent (NOI) on the $100 million Carbon Conversion Program under IIJA Section 40302 to provide grants for the procurement and use of commercial and industrial products that are derived from anthropogenic carbon oxides. The grants will demonstrate the role carbon conversion/utilization products can play in replacing incumbent products and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. States, local governments, and public utilities or agencies are considered eligible entities and a 50% non-federal cost share will be required. DOE anticipates the FOA being issued in the first quarter of this year. Click here for more information and to access the NOI.