The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides billions of dollars to states, local governments, and energy providers to modernize the grid, build needed electric transmission, enhance energy system resilience, expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and advance building energy efficiency, smart manufacturing, carbon capture and utilization, renewables, and other important energy actions. NASEO supported the energy elements of the legislation and worked to maximize opportunities for State Energy Offices, and we are developing technical assistance and resources for State Energy Offices and their partners as they plan for historic energy infrastructure deployment.

NASEO encourages State Energy Offices to visit a separate website co-developed with E4Thefuture, highlighting “Programs in a Box” designed to inspire states to implement innovative ideas, program designs, partnerships, and processes to make the most of state and federal infrastructure funding. 

Click on any of the following toggles to view information related to energy issue areas and specific programs within the IIJA, and links to resources.

  • Infrastructure Act Text and Summaries

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    Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 

    NASEO Summary of Relevant Sections: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

    Slide Deck with Matrix of Relevant Sections

    U.S. Department of Energy's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Website

    Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Formula and Competitive Funding by Agency – Summary by the Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, prepared by the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee 

    Whitehouse Guidebook 

    NASEO Federal Funding Tracker for Buildings – Summary of all relevant building energy efficiency and decarbonization provisions from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, created in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Sector Support Team.

    State Funding Summaries NASEO has developed two-page summaries of the estimated funding each state will receive via formula under the IIJA, and has provided these summaries to each State Energy Office Director. 

    Staff Contacts: Cassie Powers (cpowers@naseo.org) and Sandy Fazeli (sfazeli@naseo.org)

  • Federal Request for Information/Request for Proposals/Notice of Intent

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    Technical Assistance for Prospective Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Applicants 

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) has launched a new technical assistance program to support prospective applicants to the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program. The competitive technical assistance program will help small- and medium-sized manufacturers understand requirements of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program and prepare for future applications. Such applications must propose a project to build, retrofit, or expand facilities in coal communities for producing or recycling goods used to support clean energy supply chains  Applications for this competitive technical assistance program are due Friday, May 26, 2023.  The technical assistance program is being administered by NREL in partnership with MESC. Learn more about the technical assistance program and Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program

    Technical Assistance for Prospective Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Applicants 

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) has launched a new technical assistance program to support prospective applicants to the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program. The competitive technical assistance program will help small- and medium-sized manufacturers understand requirements of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program and prepare for future applications. Such applications must propose a project to build, retrofit, or expand facilities in coal communities for producing or recycling goods used to support clean energy supply chains  Applications for this competitive technical assistance program are due Friday, May 26, 2023.  The technical assistance program is being administered by NREL in partnership with MESC. Learn more about the technical assistance program and Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program

    DOE Announces $54 Million Funding Opportunity to Expand Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) and Create Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTACs)

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Offices of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) and State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to establish new Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs, as well as to create new Building Training and Assessment Centers (BTACs) at institutions of higher education, including Tribal colleges and universities. The new IACs will focus on high-quality skilled trades job pathways in fields such as industrial electrician, energy management, renewable energy, and advanced manufacturing, while providing hands-on support to small and medium manufactures. The new BTACs will expand these benefits to commercial and institutional buildings to help lower utility costs and allow companies to reinvest in businesses, employees, and community services. BTACs will train students and workers as engineers, architects, building scientists, building energy permitting and enforcement officials, and building technicians in energy-efficient design and operation. The IAC and BTAC programs will provide services in historically underserved communities and support DOE’s work toward honoring the President’s Justice40 Initiative. Concept papers are required and are due on May 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET, with full applications due on July 31, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

    DOE Issues Notice of Intent and Request for Information on National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs)

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Request for Information (RFI) to inform the designation of NIETCs. The RFI seeks feedback on final guidelines, procedures, and evaluation criteria for the designation process. Designation of a NIETC provides opportunities for federal investment and public-private partnerships and regulatory and permitting tools that spur investment in transmission in certain geographic areas. Feedback will help DOE more accurately identify areas with the greatest transmission need and the greatest potential for near term deployment. DOE will also consider results from the National Transmission Needs Study when identifying NIETCs. Comments are due 45 days after the RFI is published in the federal register.

    Opportunity: Receive No-Cost Solar Energy Assistance Through SolSmart

    NASEO invites State Energy Offices to join SolSmart, a national program that helps local governments and regional organizations become solar energy leaders. SolSmart provides no-cost technical assistance to help jurisdictions increase their knowledge, meet community challenges, and achieve solar energy goals. NASEO is a partner of SolSmart, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. SolSmart encourages local governments to streamline permitting requirements, review planning and zoning rules, track solar energy metrics, and work with community organizations to meet equity goals, among other actions to advance solar energy growth. More information is available on the website here. Please reach out to Kelsey Jones (kjones@naseo.org) with any questions. 

    USDA Announces Funding Availability for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for $1 billion in grants to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses invest in renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that received additional infusions of funding through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Funding will be awarded through six quarterly application windows with the first application period taking place from April 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023. Additional information on eligible projects and scoring can be found on the USDA website here

    DOE Publishes Building Energy Codes Notice of Intent and Request for Information

    On March 31, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Intent to release $950 million of funding on a competitive basis for building energy codes and standards over multiple years. In addition, DOE published the Technical Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes or Standards Request for Information (RFI). DOE will host a public information webinar on April 18, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET. Responses to the RFI are due to DOE on April 26, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET. If you have questions, please contact Ed Carley (ecarley@naseo.org). 

    DOE Announces $50 million State Manufacturing Leadership Program Funding Opportunity

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC), announced $50 million in funding to States under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to accelerate use of smart manufacturing technologies. The State Manufacturing Leadership Program supports new or expanded State programs that enable small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to increase their use of smart manufacturing and high-performance computing (HPC) technologies and tools. Smart manufacturing technologies provide real-time data and insight that SMMs can use to reduce costs by optimizing energy management, productivity, and energy efficiency. HPC resources can enable faster and more accurate modeling, simulation, and data analysis to solve technological problems and reduce costly “trial and error” steps during development. The Program will provide up to $2 million to States on a competitive basis over a three-year term and will require at least a 30% cost match. The Funding Opportunity Announcement, FAQ, instructions for joining the Program’s Teaming Partner List, and other information are at the Clean Energy Infrastructure eXCHANGE. (State Energy Offices and other state agencies/instrumentalities are eligible applicants.)

    DOE Announces Hydroelectric Incentives Program Funding Opportunity

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office issued application guidance and opened solicitations for up to $200 million in funding through the Hydroelectric Production Incentives and Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives programs supported by the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). The first will look at incentivizing qualified hydroelectric facilities for electricity generated and sold in calendar years in 2021 and 2022 (applications are due May 8, 2023), while the second will look at enabling implementation of capital improvements to boost efficiency (applications are due June 20, 2023). An informational webinar will be held on April 5, 2023, and registration is required.  

    DOE Announces Request for Proposals on Community-Based Residential Decarbonization Demonstration Projects

    The US. Department of Energy (DOE), through their Building America Program, has issued a request for proposals from teams of community organizations, research institutions, utility and industry trades, and other topic experts to create research and demonstration projects for decarbonizing the existing U.S. residential housing stock. The projects should include a detailed stakeholder engagement strategy, ensure the equitable distribution of community benefits, address workforce training challenges, and demonstrate scalability. DOE intends on awarding up to eight project grants ranging from $1 million to $4 million. Comprehensive application information and eligibility criteria can be found here.

    NARUC Request for Proposals – Support for Distributed Energy Resource Integration & Compensation Initiative

    With funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners seeks to engage a Consultant to provide states with robust technical assistance and support with distributed energy resource (DER) integration and compensation that enables states to meet their goals for participation of aggregated DERs in the electricity system. Click here fore more information.

    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 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 were 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 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 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 were 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 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 Announces $450 million for Clean Energy Demonstration Projects on Current and Former Mine Land

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance clean energy demonstration projects on current and former mine land. Funded with $450 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land (CEML) will support up to five clean energy projects, with awards ranging from $10 million to $150 million. Eligible clean energy technologies for deployment include solar, microgrids, geothermal, direct air capture, solar storage, advanced nuclear technologies, and electricity generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration. State and local government entities are eligible to apply. Applicants will be required to submit a Community Benefits Plan to detail how the projects will support community and workforce development and deliver benefits to disadvantaged communities as part of the Justice40 Initiative. Concept papers are due May 11, 2023, and full applications are due August 31, 2023. The FOA can be found here. Interested applicants can register here for an informational webinar on April 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET.

    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 scramer@naseo.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 (sfazeli@naseo.org) 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 (vinod.siberry@hq.doe.gov) 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 (mary.macpherson@hq.doe.gov) 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. 

  • Sample Policy, Program Documents, and RFP Library

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    In order to assist the State and Territory Energy Offices as they implement programs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, NASEO will maintain and expand this library of policy and program documents comprised of model requests for proposals (RFPs), state legislation and local ordinances, and other program and policy documents from the states. Future updates will also include model programs for states and territories that seek to leverage IIJA funding and other sources to advance the efficient use of affordable and resilient energy for their constituents and to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 

    To view the model program, policy and RFP library, please click here.   

  • U.S. State Energy Program

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    Summary: A total of $500 million will be provided to State Energy Offices via formula through the IIJA. This will be in addition to SEP funding provided through the annual appropriations process. IIJA SEP funding may be spent on any eligible SEP activity. 

    The IIJA reauthorized SEP and added electric transmission and distribution planning as a mandatory element, broadened the transportation and alternative fuel planning options, and strengthened the existing energy security planning requirements that have long been a feature of the program. In addition, both IIJA and annual SEP funding is contingent upon states providing a letter from the governor regarding each states energy security plan. Please contact NASEO for additional details about the plans, the governor’s letter requirement, and other information.

    SEP Success Stories

    More information about SEP

    Staff Contact: Cassie Powers (cpowers@naseo.org)  

  • SEP Revolving Loan Fund for Commercial and Residential Buildings

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    Summary: The IIJA establishes an Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program, which will establish a $250 million revolving loan fund within SEP with capitalization grants to State Energy Offices for commercial and residential energy efficiency loan fund and audits.

    U.S. Department of Energy Releases Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Revolving Loan Fund Program Guidance

    On November 15, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 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, and a template for declining funds for the program. The guidance documents also include the Administrative and Legal Requirements Document for the states. Applications by states for this program are due to DOE no later than April 21, 2023. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Sam Cramer, Senior Program Director, at scramer@naseo.org.

    Staff Contact: Sam Cramer (scramer@naseo.org

  • Energy Efficiency Conservation and Block Grant Program

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    Summary: IIJA provides $550 million in EECBG funding. Approximately $150 million (or 28 percent) of the funding will be allocated to State Energy Offices via EECBG formula.

    EECBG Formula Grant Application Hub: 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.

    Formula Allocation: On June 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy published the state, local, and tribal allocation formulas for EECBG in Federal Register Volume 87, Issue 124. Of the $550 million appropriated in IIJA for EECBG, 28% will be allocated to states through formula grants, 68% to eligible units of local government, 2% to tribes, and 2% for competitive grants to ineligible local governments and Indian tribes, as prescribed by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Each state will receive an allocation of at least 1.25%, and the remaining funds will be allocated to states based on three equally weighted factors:

    • The total population for the state;
    • The remaining population of the state after subtracting the populations of all eligible local governments within the state; and
    • Total state energy consumption, except for consumption in the industrial sector.

    NASEO and Partner Resources: 

  • Weatherization Assistance Program

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    Summary: The IIJA provides $3.5 billion through WAP. 

    Staff Contact: Cassie Powers (cpowers@naseo.org

  • Electric System Resilience, Transmission, and Distribution

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    Summary: NASEO prepared a summary of the electric system resilience, transmission, and distribution provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

    DOE Issues Notice of Intent and Request for Information on National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETCs)

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Request for Information (RFI) to inform the designation of NIETCs. The RFI seeks feedback on final guidelines, procedures, and evaluation criteria for the designation process. Designation of a NIETC provides opportunities for federal investment and public-private partnerships and regulatory and permitting tools that spur investment in transmission in certain geographic areas. Feedback will help DOE more accurately identify areas with the greatest transmission need and the greatest potential for near term deployment. DOE will also consider results from the National Transmission Needs Study when identifying NIETCs. Comments are due 45 days after the RFI is published in the federal register. A public webinar will be held on May 17, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Registration is required.

    U.S. Department of Energy Notice of Intent (NOI)Building a Better Grid”. The NOI describes pending program elements and associated funding for the various electric-grid provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. 

    U.S. Department of Energy Releases Request for Information (RFI) on Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grants Program

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Deployment Office launched the Transmission Siting and Economic Development Grants program, a $760 million investment through the Inflation Reduction Act to support states and local communities in the siting and permitting of interstate and offshore electricity transmission lines. As a first step in the development of this program, DOE is requesting information from stakeholders regarding issues related to the provision of grants to facilitate the siting of interstate and offshore electricity transmission lines, including possible tools and resources that may reduce the time for siting authorities to reach decisions, and opportunities to increase community engagement and reduce conflicts that can stall siting processes. Responses to this Request for Information are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on February 28, 2023. 

    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.

    IIJA Grid Resilience Standing Calls: NASEO has been hosting calls (limited to State and Territory Energy Offices) to support states in navigating the application process for and implementation of section 40101(d) and the GRIP program. To be included in these calls, please email Kirsten Verclas at kverclas@naseo.org 

    Electricity Committee Calls: NASEO’s Electricity Committee is hosting periodic calls on the implementation of the IIJA. To be added to the Electricity Committee roster and receive notifications of those calls, please contact Kirsten Verclas at kverclas@naseo.org.  

    Staff Contact: Kirsten Verclas (kverclas@naseo.org)

  • Sustainable Transportation

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    Summary of Sustainable Transportation funding opportunities relevant to State Energy Offices through the IIJA

    National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Summary of Program Guidance

    NASEO’s State EV Infrastructure Summit and Workshop Series – Summit agenda and workshop recordings available 

    NASEO EV Implementation Working Group – NASEO is convening State Energy Offices, State Departments of Transportation, State Environmental Agencies, and State PUCs to identify pain-points in the infrastructure package and explore strategies and tools that states can use to build a robust EV charging network

    Online State EV ToolkitEVStates.org 

    Staff Contacts: Cassie Powers (cpowers@naseo.org) and Dylan Tucker (dtucker@naseo.org)  

  • Energy Security

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    NASEO Energy Security Planning Technical Assistance Working Group – In early 2022, NASEO will be hosting a working group which will provide regular opportunities for State Energy Offices to receive feedback and education on Energy Security Planning. NASEO will bring in industry presenters and leverage peer expertise to present on various topics based on state priorities which may include public-private industry coordination, cybersecurity, incident command integration, regional coordination, equity, defense critical energy infrastructure, long-term climate change mitigation, and more. Please reach out to Campbell Delahoyde (cdelahoyde@naseo.org) if you are interested in participating.

    Resources to Support Energy Security/Assurance Planning for State Energy Offices:

    Staff Contacts: Campbell Delahoyde (cdelahoyde@naseo.org), Kirsten Verclas (kverclas@naseo.org), and Kelsey Jones (kjones@naseo.org)

  • Buildings

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    Summary: The IIJA will provide $225 million for building energy codes technical assistance and training; $10 million for Building Training, and Assessment Centers; $500 million for grants for energy improvements and renewable energy improvements at public school facilities; and $50 million for an Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program. The IIJA also establishes a $40 million auditor training competitive program, open only to State Energy Offices.

    NASEO Buildings Committee Meeting: The NASEO Building Committee held a meeting on December 1, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. ET to present details of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021. A recording of the webinar will be made available here as soon as it is available, along with the slide deck containing details of the portions of the IIJA that fund State and Territory Energy Office work. The webinar focused on elements of the IIJA related to the energy efficiency of buildings and provisions that have indirect impact on the work of the states such as directives from Congress to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

    This presentation was delivered to a meeting of the Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnership Group meeting on May 17, 2022. 

    Staff Contact: Ed Carley (ecarley@naseo.org

  • Energy Equity and J40

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    NASEO Energy Equity Committee: The NASEO Energy Equity Committee is actively monitoring the opportunities and implications of Justice40 on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. NASEO members are welcome to join meetings of the Committee to learn more. The next meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2023, 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Please contact Maddie Koewler (mkoewler@naseo.org) to register.  

    Executive Order on Tacking the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad 

    Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative 

    Staff Contact: Maddie Koewler (mkoewler@naseo.org

  • Workforce

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    Summary: The IIJA channels significant funding into key subsectors of the energy industry – ranging energy efficiency in buildings and sustainable transportation infrastructure to broad-based improvements to the performance, security, resilience of the electric grid. In addition to weathering job and worker losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the energy industry has faced hiring difficulties and recruitment challenges for years, according to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report. The IIJA includes some key provisions for bolstering skills and capacity in electricity, energy efficiency, and manufacturing, but the scale of investment through the IIJA highlights the need for State Energy Offices to ensure there is a high-performing and inclusive local workforce to rise to the challenge.

    NASEO-HBCU Meeting Series: Through a collaboration with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Clean Energy Initiative (CEI), NASEO is hosting a series of meetings in 2022 to examine opportunities to expand and diversify the clean energy workforce, and help better connect talent and research from HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions to the energy, climate, and economic development planning and policy work of the State Energy. Offices. Access meeting recordings here:

    Key Publications and Resources:

  • Manufacturing and Industrial

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    Summary: The IIJA will support multiple programs addressing manufacturing and industrial activities. Several provisions will enhance the manufacturing and industrial sector generally, including:

    • Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative: DOE will provide onsite technical assessments for energy, water, and pollution prevention.
    • Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs): $150 million for IACs, including expansion and workforce training support (50% cost share for certain internships and apprenticeships); $400 million grant program for businesses to implement IAC recommendations, no greater than $300,000 per grant with a 50% match requirement. 
    • Smart Manufacturing Technology Implementation Programs: $50 million in competitive funding for states, with up to $2 million per award and a 30% match requirement

    Other provisions target critical minerals, rare earth elements, batteries, advanced energy technologies, and industrial emissions. IIJA provisions for hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) can also be pertinent.

    See Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Summary of Industrial/Manufacturing, CCUS, and Hydrogen Provisions

    Also see NASEO State Industrial/Manufacturing Working Group - includes selected IIJA/BIL and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provisions and announcements.

    Staff Contact: Rodney Sobin (rsobin@naseo.org

  • Hydrogen

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    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Announces Funding Opportunity for Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs 

    On September 22, 2022, DOE opened applications for the $7 billion program (H2Hubs) designed to create regional clean hydrogen hubs across the United States. The funding will come from the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA) and six to ten hubs will be selected. Project applications are required to include a Community Benefits Plan. Concept papers were due by November 7, 2022, and full applications are due by April 7, 2023. 

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Funding Opportunity in Support of Hydrogen Shot Initiative

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to provide approximately $47 million to research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities to help reduce the cost of clean hydrogen technologies. The funding aims to support progress towards DOE's Hydrogen Shot goal of lowering the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram by 2030. The RD&D projects funded will focus on technologies critical to hydrogen delivery and storage, as well as more affordable and long-lasting fuel cell technologies, particularly for heavy-duty truck applications. DOE plans to distribute the funding through cooperative agreements over two to four years and is encouraging applications from teams representing a diverse range of stakeholders, including states, academia, industry, labor unions, and minority-serving institutions. Full applications are due by April 28, 2023.

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Releases Draft Guidance for Clean Hydrogen Production Standard 

    On September 22, 2022, DOE released the draft guidance for a Clean Hydrogen Production Standard (CHPS). CHPS will establish a target of 4.0 kgCO2e/kgH2 for lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with hydrogen production and will account for multiple requirements within the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Releases Draft National Clean Hydrogen Roadmap and Strategy

    On September 22, 2022, DOE released a draft of the National Clean Hydrogen Roadmap and Strategy as set forth in IIJA section 40313. The roadmap outlines hydrogen production, transport, storage, and use in the United States and pathways for accelerating clean hydrogen development. 

    DOE Webinar on Hydrogen Provisions in IIJA

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s December H2IQ Hour on December 8, 2021, provided examples of the Department’s hydrogen activities that will support the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law). To access a recording and the presentation, please click here. 

    NASEO Resources on Hydrogen

    NASEO provides State Energy Offices with information on hydrogen opportunities and potential policy, program, and regulatory options as states develop energy, environmental, and economic development plans. 

    NASEO Report: Hydrogen: Critical Decarbonization Element for the Grid, Manufacturing, and Transportation 

    Hydrogen offers potential pathways for decarbonizing the electricity system, hard-to-electrify industrial and heating applications, and heavy transportation. This NASEO report provides an overview of hydrogen types, production, and uses, including large-scale and long-duration energy storage to balance variable power generation and demand, and energy and material input for ammonia, steel, fuels, and other production. As research, development, and demonstration (RD&D), environmental policies, economies of scale and scope, economic development programs, and other measures will affect hydrogen’s path, the report outlines potential policy and planning considerations for State Energy Offices. These include supportive policy, program, and regulatory measures, in developing state energy, environmental, and economic development plans. 

    See Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Summary of Industrial/Manufacturing, CCUS, and Hydrogen Provisions

    Staff Contact: Kirsten Verclas (kverclas@naseo.org) , Kelsey Jones (kjones@naseo.org), Grace Lowe (glowe@naseo.org)

  • CCUS

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    Resources on CCUS

    NASEO facilitates state collaboration and sharing of best practices on all matters pertaining to carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) options and opportunities, including supportive policy and regulatory measures.

    NASEO Report: Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: Overview and Considerations for State Planning

    Increasingly urgent concerns about climate impacts from carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG) are prompting a growing number of states, localities, and private companies to enact policies and establish targets to reduce emissions. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) offers an important approach to reduce emissions from energy and industrial facilities and can, at times, provide additional economic value when recovered CO2 is used in production processes or incorporated into useful materials and products. This report outlines state energy planning and policy considerations to support CCUS and includes an overview of CO2 source sectors, CCUS activities, CO2 capture technologies and potential utilization of CO2.

    NASEO Workshop: The Future of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS): Technology and Policy Considerations 

    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.

    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.

    DOE RFI on Deployment-Ready Carbon Reduction and Removal Technologies, Including Environment Justice, Engagement, and Workforce

    The U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request-for-Information on demonstration-ready technologies that reduce carbon emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Relevant technologies include direct air capture, point source carbon capture, geologic storage, carbon dioxide infrastructure, carbon conversion processes, and beyond. The RFI seeks input from states, public agencies, industry, technology providers, academia, research laboratories, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and potentially affected communities, including environmental justice, Tribal, energy transition, and others. Importantly, the RFI seeks input on environmental justice, community engagement, and workforce development related to CCUS projects and technologies.

    See Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Summary of Industrial/Manufacturing, CCUS, and Hydrogen Provisions

    Staff Contact: Kirsten Verclas (kverclas@naseo.org) and Kelsey Jones (kjones@naseo.org)  

  • Buy America, Davis Bacon, NEPA, Historic Preservation

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    Buy America

    “Buy America” refers to a suite of statutes and regulations requiring that certain goods purchased with federal funds be manufactured primarily in the United States. The IIJA expanded Buy America requirements to cover projects beyond the transportation and water infrastructure projects to which they traditionally apply, including transmission and electric facilities, broadband infrastructure, and real property.

    Resources for NASEO members interested in learning more about Buy America:

    Davis-Bacon and Prevailing Wage

    The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts requires contractors and subcontractors on federal-funded or -assisted projects to pay laborers and mechanics no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work in the area. For many projects supported by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, State Energy Offices will need to track and managing compliance with Davis-Bacon rules. 

    Resources for State and Territory Energy Offices interested in learning more about Davis-Bacon:

  • Nuclear

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    Summary: The IIJA will provide $6 billion to certified nuclear reactors under the Civil Nuclear Credit Program. The program aims to support nuclear reactors that are projected to cease operations due to economic factors. The IIJA also includes an Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, with funding for two large demonstrations for advanced nuclear reactors. Advanced nuclear technologies are also eligible under the new Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land. The IIJA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a report on how micro-reactors and small nuclear reactors could enhance energy resilience and reduce carbon emissions. For additional resources, visit the NASEO nuclear energy page here


    Staff Contact: Kelsey Jones (kjones@naseo.org)

     

  • Other

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    Coming soon