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.

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 

    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)

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

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    DOE Announces Notice of Intent and Request for Information on the Transmission Facilitation Program
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Intent and Request for Information for input on the $2.5 billion Transmission Facilitation Program (TFP) as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The TFP is a revolving fund program that will facilitate development of new interregional transmission lines, upgrade existing transmission lines, and assist with the connection of microgrids through federal support. There are three financing tools that DOE is authorized to borrow the $2.5 billion through: loans from DOE, DOE participation in public-private partnerships, and capacity contracts with eligible projects where DOE would serve as an anchor customer. Once this Request for Information has been added to the Federal registry, stakeholders will have 30 days to submit comments. 


    DOE Issues Notice of Intent for Section 40101 Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Formula Grants to States and Indian Tribes 
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the $2.5 billion formula grants to states and tribes under the Section 40101 Grid Resilience Program as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. A DOE summary provides high level information. DOE is specifically seeking feedback on the formula grant program Notice of Intent, draft application and award requirements, and draft award formula allocation. The deadline to submit comments is June 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. A public webinar will be held on May 5, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET to provide additional information. Registration required


    DOE Announces Request for Information on Long Duration Energy Storage for Everyone, Everywhere Initiative 
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) for input on the $505 million Long Duration Energy Storage for Everyone, Everywhere Initiative created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The $505 million will be invested over four years to support long duration energy storage technologies and implement three demonstration programs. One of which, the pilot grant program, seeks to enable greater storage investment by State Energy Offices, Tribal Nations, and other eligible entities. The RFI specifically outlines the objectives of the pilot grant program, the requirements of potential projects, and questions that State Energy Offices and other entities interested in the program should consider. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 16, 2022. 


    Department of Energy Notice of Intent: Battery Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing
    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released this Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0002677) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement. DOE anticipates making $2.8 billion available to fund research and development within electric vehicle battery processing, increase domestic battery manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs. The upcoming FOA is expected to cover five areas of interest, found in the full announcement. 

    Department of Energy Notice of Intent: Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications
    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released this Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0002679) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement. DOE anticipates making $60 million available to fund research, development, and demonstration projects in two areas. First, Recycling Processing and Reintegration into the Battery Supply Chain. Second, Second Use Battery Scale Up and Demonstration.  


    DOE Releases Request for Information (RFI) for Rare Earth Element Demonstration Facility

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) released a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain public input in support of a DOE plan to design, construct, and build-out a  demonstration  facility  enabling  domestic  rare  earth  element  (REE)  and  critical  mineral  (CM)  supply chains  for  commercial  commodities  and  national  defense  industries  as  well  as  for  clean  energy technologies.  The RFI seeks to solicit feedback from industry members, investors, developers, academia, research laboratories,  government  agencies, potentially impacted communities, customers, and other stakeholders on a REE demonstration facility and its associated location(s) all while considering environmental justice,  energy  transition,  Tribes, and other impacted communities.  The deadline to respond to the RFI is March 31, 2022, at 8pm ET. 


    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. 


    DOE Releases two Requests for Information on Hydrogen 

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released two Requests for Information (RFI) regarding the implementation of the hydrogen provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). 

    The first RFI on the Hydrogen Hubs Implementation Strategy seeks input on the solicitation process and structure of a DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to fund regional clean hydrogen hubs. Specifically, the RFI seeks information on the following items: 

    • Regional Clean Hydrogen Provisions and Requirements
    • Solicitation Process, FOA Structure, and Implementation Strategy
    • Equity, Environmental, and Energy Justice Priorities
    • Market Adoption and Sustainability of the Hubs

    Responses are due March 21, 2022 (extended deadline), by 5 p.m. Eastern Time.   

    The second RFI on Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing, Recycling, and Electrolysis seeks input on priority areas that will advance domestic manufacturing and recycling of clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel cells, storage equipment, and other hydrogen related components; and on priority areas that will advance electrolyzer technologies for affordable clean hydrogen production. Responses to this RFI are due March 29, 2022, by 5pm EST. 

    To learn more about DOE’s clean hydrogen programs and the RFIs, please register for DOE’s next H2IQ Hour on February 24, 2022 at 12pm EST. 


    DOE Releases Notice of Intent and Request for Information on Civil Nuclear Credit Program 
    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) established the Civil Nuclear Credit Program (CNC). The CNC will allow owners or operators of commercial U.S. reactors to apply for certification and competitively bid on credits to help support their continued operations. DOE’s Request for Information (RFI) and Notice of Intent (NOI) seeks input on the structure and execution of the CNC Program, including the certification process and eligibility criteria, invitations to submit bids for credits, and the allocation of credits. Responses to the NOI and RFI addressing general program design and bid process are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on March 17, 2022. Substantive responses relating specifically to the certification process should be submitted to DOE by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on March 8, 2022, to ensure that this feedback can be used to meet the Department's expedited schedule.

  • Model Program, Policy 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.

    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. 

    Meeting Series: NASEO has partnered with E4TheFuture to host a meeting series examining various aspects of the EECBG program and other provisions and rules within the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that may affect how State Energy Offices and local and tribal governments approach EECBG-supported projects. NASEO members are invited to consult the weekly Week Ahead emails to register for and stay up-to-date on future meetings.

  • 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).

    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 National Transmission Planning Study Webinar
    March 15, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

    As part of the Building a Better Grid Initiative, the US. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity is leading a National Transmission Planning Study to identify transmission that will provide broad-scale, long-term benefits to electric customers, inform regional and interregional transmission planning processes, and identify interregional and national strategies to accelerate decarbonization while maintaining system reliability.

    A public webinar to officially kick off this National Transmission Planning Study will be held on March 15 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET. During this webinar you will hear from both DOE leadership and industry leaders about why this study is needed. You will also be provided with a study overview and the opportunity to provide input and ask questions.

    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 December 14 4:00-5:30pm 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

    Staff Contact: Rodney Sobin (rsobin@naseo.org

  • Hydrogen

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    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

    Resources on Hydrogen

    NASEO provides State Energy Offices with information on hydrogen opportunities; potential policy, program, and regulatory options as states develop state 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

  • 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 


    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

  • Buy America, Davis Bacon, NEPA, Historic Preservation

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    Buy American

    “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. The Congressional Research Service describes these changes in further detail in its briefing report, “Congress Expands Buy America Requirements in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”
     
    NASEO encourages states to consult the April 18, 2022 “Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies”" from the Office of Management and Budget, providing “Initial Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure.” 

    Additionally, NASEO members interested in a breakdown of key domestic preference provisions that will impact state and federal infrastructure spending may be interested in viewing the April 20, 2022 virtual discussion on “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Procurement Considerations and Questions” co-hosted by NASEO and E4TheFuture.

  • 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. 

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

  • Other

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    Coming soon