US Department of Energy announces US$6.6 million in competitive grant selections


US Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Rodgers recently announced awards for approximately US$6.6 million in competitive-selected grants for innovative state-level energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and projects. The DOE-supported, state-led projects will focus on building utility scale energy capacity from renewables and demand reduction, as well as advanced building energy codes.

“These projects will stimulate innovative state policy activities and investments to help transform markets for energy efficiency and renewable energy,” Rodgers said. “Our goal is to spur the greatest possible gains in energy efficiency or renewable energy for each dollar spent.”

The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Office of Electricity Delivery and Electric Reliability selected nine projects valued at US$4 million, DOE Share, for states to create and implement a policy and regulatory framework that would enable gigawatt-scale clean energy capacity, whether through renewable energy or demand-side reductions. While no cost share was required, state partners will contribute up to US$1.8 million for the projects – ranging from regional protocols to evaluate, measure, verify and report demand-side resource impacts to reports addressing key barriers and incentives for building transmission for renewable energy.

EERE also selected six state-led projects valued at US$2.6 million to develop advanced building codes. These awards will assist states in developing and implementing plans that will achieve model building codes in the residential and/or commercial building sector to achieve a 30% above code. Along with the financial assistance, the DOE will be supporting these states with ongoing technical assistance. The DOE investment in advanced codes will leverage project cost share totalling US$2.3 million.

Grants will assist states in creating the policy framework and regulatory environment to enable clean energy capacity at the gigawatt (GW) scale, either through renewable energy or demand-side reductions. States will develop innovative legislation, policies, programmes and strategies that accelerated investments in renewable energy or energy efficiency, including smart grid programmes.