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 existing statewide programs, sample request for proposals (RFPs), statewide legislation, funding opportunities, and other program documents. Currently, this library includes resources for states on voluntary building energy benchmarking and energy improvement programs, statewide shared energy manager programs, mandatory building energy benchmarking ordinances and building performance standards, and sustainable transportation. Future updates will include program plan templates for states and territories to adapt and use for IIJA and other funding applications to advance the efficient use of affordable and resilient energy for their constituents and to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

This page will be updated and may change significantly as the IIJA is implemented. This model program and policy library is a supplementary resource to NASEO’s IIJA Resource Hub. If your state has sample programs, policies, or documents that should be included in this resource list, please contact Jasmine Xie (jxie@naseo.org).  

NASEO and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are also available to review state draft plans and offer technical assistance to state and local jurisdictions on accessing program funding. For more information, please contact Ed Carley (ecarley@naseo.org) or Caterina Hatcher and Brendan Hall (statelocal@energystar.gov).

  • Relevant Funding Opportunities

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    State Energy Program (SEP)

    • Award: $56.5M (for FY 2022, formula-based) 
    • Eligible Uses: This highly flexible funding source can be used by states to fund general energy efficiency and programs to increase deployment of clean energy technologies in buildings, among other energy sectors and activities. This includes building energy benchmarking and building performance standards, shared energy manager programs, and other innovative program types. An example of an SEP-funded project is Kentucky's School Energy Manager program for which $5 million from the state’s allocated SEP funds went towards hiring 49 energy managers to benchmark the energy use of and recommend energy improvements for 144 participating school districts. Eligible recipients for SEP funds are states. Formula-based allocations found here.

    Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

    • State Energy Program (SEP)
      • Award: $500 million (one-time, formula-based & competitive)
      • Eligible Uses: As an additional infusion of funds towards the SEP through the IIJA, the same activity eligibility criteria apply (see above). Eligible recipients are states. Formula-based funding allocations for state and local recipients were released in August 2022 and guidance can be found here.
    • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG)
      • Award: $550 million (one-time, formula-based & competitive)
      • Eligible Uses: This funding source supports immediately deployable local-level projects and programs for reducing fossil fuel emissions and improving energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other sectors. EECBG funds can be used for building weatherization and energy retrofits, energy improvement strategies informed by initial building performance benchmarking. Formula-based grants are issued directly to states, local, and tribal governments. Of the total $550 million grant, states receive 28 percent to redistribute across smaller local governments, while 70 percent goes directly to mid- and larger-sized local governments via formula-based allocations. The remaining two percent of the grant funding is set aside for competitive funding opportunities among entities that are not eligible as direct grant recipients. Formula-based funding allocations for state and local recipients were released in June 2022 and can be found here.
    • Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program
      • Award: $250 million (one-time capitalization grants, formula-based)
      • Eligible Uses: Energy efficiency audits and building upgrades and retrofits can be funded by State Energy Office-run revolving loan funds. The IIJA offers $250 million in capitalization grants for states to establish these revolving loan funds, a viable funding source to finance energy improvements as informed by initial building energy benchmarking programs. The funding opportunity announcement and application period is TBA (will likely be released in 2022 Q4).
    • Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities
      • Award: $500 million (one-time, competitive)
      • Eligible Uses: This funding will go towards energy efficiency (envelope, HVAC, lighting, controls, etc.), ventilation, renewable energy, alternative vehicles, and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure improvements in K-12 schools. As such, energy improvement opportunities identified by existing K-12 focused shared energy manager programs may be financed by this funding. Eligible recipients are local educational agencies (school districts) and one or more partners, which could include non-profits, for-profits, and community partners. Local governments may also be included as eligible application partners. The funding opportunity announcement and application period is TBA (will likely be released in 2022 Q4).
    • Cost-Effective Codes Implementation for Efficiency & Resilience (RECI)
      • Award: $225 million (one-time, competitive)
      • Eligible Uses: This funding will go towards state-led activities related to building energy code adoption, enforcement, training, as well as “innovative approaches”, that includes building performance standards to address the energy performance of existing buildings. Eligible recipients are local educational agencies and one or more schools, non-profits, for-profits, and community partners. The notice of intent for the funding opportunity announcement has been released and can be found here, while the application period remains TBA (likely October 2022).
  • Building Energy Codes

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  • Voluntary Benchmarking and Energy Improvement Programs

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    • Clean Energy Communities
      The Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program is administered by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and incentivizes municipalities in New York to implement clean energy and energy efficiency projects from a pre- approved list of “high-impact actions”, based on which they can pursue grant funding and recognition opportunities.
    • Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program
      The Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program, which ran between 2012 and 2015, developed a network of industry experts and private energy service providers to train on statewide incentives and energy efficiency technology. The program then facilitated relationships between the public sector and private energy service providers and fostered competition through a recognition program for service providers that performed the most public sector energy efficiency upgrade projects. This program was created through a State Energy Program Competitive award in 2012 ($427,500).
    • Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Utility's RFP for Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program Implementer
      Focus on Energy, an agency that offers resources, financial incentives, and implements energy projects on behalf of utilities across Wisconsin, released this request for proposal (RFP) for an experienced implementer for their Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. The RFP seeks program designs that support the needs of multifamily building owners, property managers, and tenants; that target the affordable housing market; and that address the multifamily sector's unique "split incentive" of energy efficiency benefits between building owners and tenants. 
  • Benchmarking Ordinances and Building Performance Standards

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    Existing Toolkits and Resource Libraries

    Training and Task Force Development

    Determining Final and/or Interim Performance Standards

    Program Assessment

  • Shared Energy Manager Programs

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    K-12 Public Schools

    • Kentucky School Energy Managers Project Case Study
      This case study summarizes the Kentucky School Energy Managers Project (SEMP), which used funding from the State Energy Program and partnerships with local investor-owned utilities to deploy 49 energy managers to implement energy management plans and identify energy savings opportunities across most school districts in Kentucky.
    • Rhode Island Municipal Energy Management Services Provider Solicitation
      This is an RFP document issued by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (the State Energy Office) soliciting professional energy management services to support municipalities and school districts throughout Rhode Island. For more information, please contact Nathan Cleveland, Programming Services Officer at the Rhode Island Office of Energy Offices (nathan.cleveland@energy.ri.gov).
    • School Uplift - Energy Efficiency Grants - TVA EnergyRight
      Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally owned electric utility, offers the School Uplift program that provides grant funding towards energy upgrades in under-resourced schools and offers energy management training to faculty, staff, and students on energy efficiency and conservation practices. The State of Tennessee has been a key partner in School Uplift, providing matching grants through the Energy Efficient Schools Initiative fund since the program's pilot.

    All Public Buildings

    • West Virginia Benchmarking and Transparency Initiative
      In 2018, the West Virginia Office of Energy, funded by a USDOE Competitive SEP Award, began a statewide Benchmarking and Transparency Initiative, using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and develop a comprehensive building inventory that led to the unanimous passing of HB 2667: Energy Savings in Public Buildings. This bill sets the state's first energy reduction goal of 25 percent by 2030, establishes a state benchmarking and disclosure policy and calls for a comprehensive performance contracting program. This initiative engages a cohort of agency stakeholders to benchmark state and municipal buildings, as well as university and high school staff and students to benchmark all K-12 school and higher education buildings.
  • Sustainable Transportation

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    EV Infrastructure Programs

    • EV States Clearinghouse
      The EV States Clearinghouse is a one-stop shop for state agencies as they plan for and implement EV infrastructure programs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and includes example EV infrastructure RFIs and RFPs from the states. The Clearinghouse is a password-protected site for states only; state agencies may register for a free account.