Directory of Clean Energy Technical Assistance Opportunities for States
Sam Schacht | Clean Energy States Alliance
CESA has compiled a searchable list of clean energy technical assistance opportunities available to states. The list is available below as an interactive table or downloadable excel document, and it will be regularly updated when new opportunities become available to states.
The US Department of Energy and several other agencies in the federal government offer a wide range of technical assistance programs and opportunities, many of which states can take advantage of. While these programs can be tremendously helpful, information about them is spread across many pages on many different US government and national laboratory websites. This makes it difficult for states to find critical information regarding eligibility, funding, and deadlines. Additionally, not all technical assistance opportunities and programs are available to state governments, which can add an extra layer of confusion to those seeking help.
Using this Database
In the interactive table, users can click on the “view” button on the right side to see more detailed information about a program, including any applicable deadlines. Additionally, users can search the entire table or filter columns using keywords such as “building,” or “solar.”
Suggest Additional Entries
If you know of additional programs that should be included in the directory or corrections to any of the entries, please email CESA Research Associate Sam Schacht at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the database as an Excel spreadsheet. Scroll down to use an interactive version of the database.
|Resource Name||Topic(s)||Entity or Entities||Description of Initiative||Description of Technical Assistance Available to States||Types of Technical Assistance||How to Apply||Application Deadline||Additional Requirements||Program Duration||More Information||Point(s) of Contact|
|wdt_ID||Resource Name||Topic(s)||Entity or Entities||Description of Initiative||Description of Technical Assistance Available to States||Types of Technical Assistance||Eligible Applicants||How to Apply||Application Deadline||Additional Requirements||Program Duration||More Information||Point(s) of Contact||Full Details|
|1||Building Energy Codes Program (BECP)||Building Decarbonization, Building Codes||US Department of Energy (DOE)||BECP supports building energy code development, adoption, implementation and enforcement processes to achieve the maximum practicable, cost-effective improvements in energy efficiency while providing safe, healthy buildings for occupants.||DOE provides technical assistance to help states and local code enforcement jurisdictions adopt, upgrade, implement, and enforce their residential and commercial building energy codes. This assistance is provided explicitly through the DOE Building Energy Codes Program and does not include direct funding to states or municipalities.||
Examples of technical assistance include:
|State and local governments||N/A||Technical assistance requests submitted by states may be prioritized over those requested by localities.||N/A|
|2||Building Energy Codes Program - Building Performance Standards (BPS) Technical Assistance||Building Decarbonization, Building Performance Standards||US Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO)||BPS are outcome-based policies and laws aimed at reducing the carbon impact of the built environment by requiring existing buildings to meet energy-based and/or GHG emissions-based performance targets. When combined with building codes that regulate performance in specific instances like new construction or major renovations, BPS are powerful policy tools that provide a lifecycle approach to building performance and can empower state and local governments to deliver on their energy and carbon goals for the building sector.||The BTO, through the Building Energy Codes Program, provides Technical Assistance to jurisdictions interested in exploring BPS programs. All formal technical assistance requests must be made by using the Technical Assistance for BPS form.||
Technical Assistance on BPS may take the form of:
|State and local governments||N/A||None||N/A|
|3||Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land||Clean Energy on Mine Lands||US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)||The goal is to enable widespread clean energy deployment by demonstrating the technical and economic viability of carrying out clean energy projects on current and former mine land. Up to five replicable clean energy demonstration projects will be carried out in geographically diverse regions, at least two of which will be solar projects.||In addition to funding, projects are eligible to receive technical assistance through NREL. Eligible clean energy sources are solar; micro-grids; geothermal; direct air capture; fossil-fueled electricity generation with carbon capture utilization and sequestration; energy storage, including pumped storage hydropower and compressed air storage; and advanced nuclear technologies||
Examples of technical assistance include:
|State and local governments, tribes, non-profit community-based organizations in former mining communities, industry representative companies||TBD||Begins in calendar year 2023, available through 2026|
|4||Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs)||Combined Heat and Power (CHP)||US Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative||Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy-efficient by accelerating investment and sharing successful best practices||CHP TAPs promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat-to-power, and district energy technologies/concepts throughout the United States. States can partner with their regional TAP. Regions include New England, New York-New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, South Central, Upper West, Western, and Northwest.||
Key services of the CHP TAPs include:
Contact your regional TAP representative.
|N/A||None||N/A||Contact your regional TAP representative. Visit the link under "How to Apply" to find you regional representative.|
|5||National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program||Electric Vehicles (EVs), Vehicle Charging, Clean Buses, Clean Transit||Joint Office of Energy and Transportation||The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation supports the deployment of zero-emission, convenient, accessible, equitable transportation infrastructure—coordinating and leveraging activities between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation||The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation provides technical assistance in planning and implementation of a national network of electric vehicle chargers and zero-emission fueling infrastructure as well as zero-emission transit and school buses. Initially, the Joint Office will work with states and key stakeholders to build capacity for electric vehicles, plan for charging infrastructure, and implement approved state plans. Additional support is provided for deploying electric school buses and electric transit buses.||
The Joint Office provides a variety of technical assistance. On the site (linked in the "more information" cell) there are links to the following resources:
|State governments, K-12 school districts||
Visit https://driveelectric.gov/technical-assistance/ and select the progam that you are interested in. Please direct questions to the link in the "point of contact" cell.
|See specific programs for details||See specific programs for details||2022-2026|
|6||Technical Assistance on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies in the Electric Power Sector||Emissions Reduction Strategies||US Department of Energy (DOE)||DOE’s technical assistance is based on an “all-of-the-above” approach, including, but not limited to, energy efficiency, generation efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear energy, as well as regional and integrated approaches and solutions that cut across these areas.||DOE, supplemented by the national labs and other subject-matter experts, can provide analysis and other support, as requested, on topics relevant to regions, states, local governments, and tribes as they consider strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the electric power sector.||One-on-one support, answers to questions via email||State, local, and tribal officials||
Email questions to email@example.com
|7||State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE)||Energy Planning||National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)||The State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform is an easy-to-access online platform to support data-driven state and local energy and decarbonization planning.||The SLOPE Data Viewer delivers modeled energy data resolved at state and local jurisdictional levels. Users can explore energy data potential and projections to better understand opportunities and options in energy planning. Each data set has a description detailing the assumptions, methodology, and tools and models used to generate the data, with links where users can seek additional details. Users can prioritize actions using SLOPE's localized data in the following areas: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Transportation||
SLOPE includes two distinct tools to support jurisdictions’ planning needs:
|State and local governments||
N/A. You can create an account to save settings on the SLOPE viewer by visiting https://maps.nrel.gov/slope/
|8||Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP)||Energy Storage||US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity, Sandia National Laboratories, Clean Energy States Alliance||ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S., through the creation of technical assistance and co-funding partnerships between states, national laboratories, and the U.S. Department of Energy. ESTAP is conducted by CESA under contract to Sandia National Laboratories, with funding from the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity (DOE-OE).||
Participating states can
|State and municipal agencies, public utility commissioners, utilities, manufacturers, universities, developers, others||N/A||None||N/A||
|9||Clean Energy Innovator Fellowships||Clean Energy Innovation||US Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education||Clean Energy Innovator Fellowships competitively place semi-annual cohorts of fellows with electricity regulators, municipal or co-operative utilities, or grid operators to address specific, pre-identified technical challenges related to decarbonizing the power system, electrifying transportation and industry, and improving diversity, equity, and representation in the energy system. The program supports each fellow’s time for up to two years and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and professional development for each cohort.||See adjacent slide (left)||Projects may address a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, grid modernization, equitable and affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency, integration of electric vehicles and building electrification, resilience planning, interconnection, and rate design. Projects are defined up front, but they have the flexibility to evolve over the fellowship period.||Eligible hosts include electric public utility commissions, municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and grid operators, such as independent system operators or regional transmission organizations. Potential fellow supervisors from host institution must show an interested in mentoring.||Prospective host institutions apply to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with a specific project scope. The staff member of an eligible institution who will mentor the Fellow and supervise their work on the project should submit the application and participate in the matching process. Only one application may be submitted per host institution. Applications for 2023 have not been posted yet.||N/A||None||Fellowships last 1-2 years|
|10||Technical Support Services||General Technical Support||National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)||NREL experts provide technical support services related to energy use and future scenarios for U.S. states, local jurisdictions, and tribal communities when federally supported programs are not available.||NREL's State, Local, and Tribal Technical Support Services Agreement offers data-driven, actionable energy decision support tools and expert-guided analysis to inform renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation projects. Users must pay for this service. Users can access support through streamlined contracting terms and cost-effective pricing, as low as $2,000.||
|State, local, and tribal governments||
Fill out the Contact Us form at https://www.nrel.gov/state-local-tribal/technical-support-services-contact.html
|N/A||This is a paid service.||N/A||
See the fact sheet here: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy21osti/80490.pdf
|11||State and Local Solution Center||General Technical Support||US Department of Energy (DOE)||The State and Local Solution Center is a resource hub for states, local governments, and K-12 school districts. The Solution Center highlights various technical assistance opportunities to help your organization reach its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals.||The State and Local Solution Center provides resources to enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States by a wide range of stakeholders, in partnership with state and local organizations and community-based nonprofits.||
The State and Local Solution Center is a one-stop-shop for state and local jurisdications and K-12 school districts to find technical assistance. Visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/all-state-local-solution-center-resources to view and filter available resources based on goals, topics, and challenges.
|State and local governments, K-12 school districts||
There is no application required to access resource page. Visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/all-state-local-solution-center-resources to view resources, some of which may include applications
|12||General EERE Technical Assistance||General Technical Support||US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)||DOE EERE offers a wide variety of technical assistance supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy.||One-stop-shop for technical assistance opportunities offered through EERE||DOE EERE provides a wide range of technical assistance. Please visit the url in the "How to apply" column to see the complete list.||N/A||
Visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/technical-assistance to access a wide range of TA opportunities and tools
|13||NASEO-NARUC Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Working Group||Grid Modernization, Buildings, Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Demand Response||US Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC), National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO), National Associating of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)||The GEB Initiative works to remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resources by combining energy efficiency and demand flexibility with smart technologies and communications to inexpensively deliver greater affordability, comfort, productivity, and performance to America’s homes and buildings.||To help states approach these questions, NASEO and NARUC established the NASEO-NARUC GEB Working Group, with the support of the DOE Building Technologies Office.||
GEB helps administer the NASEO-NARUC State Energy Office Working Group, which
States that are part of the Working Group can also access exclusive technical assistance.
|State energy offices (SEOs)||
For information on how to join the NASEO-NARUC working group, please contact one of the following people:
|14||NARUC Center for Partnership and Innovation (CPI) Distribution System Planning (DSP)||Grid, Transmission||US Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC), National Assocation of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL)||Since 2017, NARUC has partnered with LBNL to provide public utility commissions with regional, in-person training on electric distribution systems, utility distribution system planning, and approaches to state engagement in integrated distribution planning. Training sessions are customized to each region and have also included topics such as: planning for resilience and reliability, scenario modeling, hosting capacity analysis, and locational net benefits approaches||NARUC has hosted a series of regional intergrated distribution systems planning training sessions for the following regions: Western States, Midwest/MISO, Southeastern States, and New England||
CPI offers a suite of recording sessions and resources:
|State Public Utility Commissions (PUCs)||See contact info||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|15||i2X: The Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange||Interconnection||US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)||i2X develops innovative solutions to enable faster, simpler, and fairer interconnection of solar energy, wind energy, and energy storage, while enhancing the reliability and resilience of our nation’s distribution and transmission grid networks.||i2X is a peer learning and knowledge exchange. The program includes interconnection technical assistance.||
Interconnection Technical Assistance – after identifying major technical and process challenges, stakeholders can receive direct support from interconnection experts to implement interconnection solutions.
i2X Partners - apply to obtain technical assistance from national laboratory experts to develop and integrate solutions, such as standards adoption and grid-hosting capacity analysis.
Office Hours - discuss any issues you have with interconnection.
|Partners of i2X. To register as a partner, follow the link in the adjacent cell. Registration is free.||N/A||None||N/A|
|16||Energy Improvements in Rural and Remote Communities||Resilience, Safety, Reliability, Availability, Rural Communities, Remote Communities||US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)||The Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas Program is designed, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, to provide financial assistance to improve, in rural or remote areas of the United States, the resilience, safety, reliability, and availability of energy, and to provide environmental protection from adverse impacts of energy generation.||Still being developed but will likely include both early stage project development as well as support during implementation and operation phases.||TBD||Communities of 10,000 inhabitants or less, states, and nonprofits.||TBD||TBD||TBD||2022-2026||TBD|
|17||National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP)||Solar, Community Solar||US Department of Energy (DOE)||NCSP is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every American household and enable communities to realize other benefits, such as increased resilience and workforce development. The Partnership is a DOE initiative led by the Solar Energy Technologies Office, in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Partners leverage peer networks and technical assistance resources to set goals and overcome barriers to expanding community solar access.||NCSP offers personalized support to organizations deploying community solar to help them accelerate implementation, improve the performance of their program or project, and build capacity for future community solar development||Assistance is available in five areas: research, project financing analysis, outreach, program design, and technical issues Sample formats for the assistance include: consultation on programs; technical review of proposed projects; analysis of program benefits, costs, and impacts; market studies; toolkits; and case studies||
NCSP Partners. State agencies and other community solar stakeholders that agree to participate actively in the NCSP can apply to be NCSP partners. To become a NCSP Partner, visit the NCSP website and set up a Mobilize Account.
|NCSP Partners can apply using a form on the NCSP website. Non-partners must first join the NCSP.||Rolling||None||N/A|
|18||Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) Early Adopter Assistance||Solar, Solar Deployment, Interconnection||US Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Technologies Office (SETO), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)||The Innovation Network brings together diverse teams of stakeholders to research solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption, laying the groundwork for implementation of those solutions and replication in other areas facing similar issues. Project teams may include entities such as state and local governments, community-based organizations, electric utilities, companies, nonprofits, and universities. Teams develop innovative solutions to barriers for solar energy.||
Early Adopter Technical Assistance allows states and communities to get technical assistance based on the experience of previous Solar Energy Innovation Network Research Teams. SEIN has completed two of its three rounds, and is currently in its third round. States and communities can access Early Adopter Assistance from teams who tackled the following topics:
|Examples of assistance may include consultations with subject matter experts, analysis and contextualization of site-specific data, and document review, depending on the topic and questions. Assistance is intended to inform decisions or actions undertaken by the requestor and is provided at no cost to the requestor. Assistance will include only limited modeling where appropriate. For specific examples of assistance for each of the topics mentioned in the previous cell (F19), please visit the url in cell H19.||Assistance in applying lessons learned from the Innovation Network is open to all U.S.-based stakeholders, including but not limited to government entities, regulatory authorities, utilities, project developers, and community organizations. Individual organizations and teams of stakeholders are eligible for support.||
Select your topic at https://www.nrel.gov/solar/market-research-analysis/solar-energy-innovation-network-early-adopters.html and click on the request form.
|Assistance is provided on an ongoing basis—subject to applicability—at no cost to requestors.||
The number of assistance opportunities is limited--potential requestors are encouraged to submit requests as soon as possible. Stakeholders must also demonstrate how the assistance will:
|19||State Energy Program Transformation Collaborative||Transmission, Distribution, Grid, Security, Community Energy Planning, Clean Manufacturing||US Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Program (SEP)||DOE has selected five topic areas that align with Congressional direction under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). These areas are: transmission and distribution planning, system-wide planning for grid expansion, modernization, and clean energy technology integration, energy security, community energy planning, and clean energy manufacturing.||States may request to receive technical assistance (TA) in a selection of high-priority areas to support planned Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Section 40109 activities (infrastructure funding) through a Transformation Collaborative. Transformation Collaboratives represent a voluntary opportunity to participate in a learning and best practices partnership. For TA options deemed impactful, states will be asked to commit to using TA via a Partnership Agreement – such as is used for Better Buildings Accelerators – that defines the timeline, state goals and how DOE will help states meet their shared goals. Results and outcomes of the Collaboratives will be shared with all states.||
TA activities are expected to include:
|State energy offices (SEOs)||
Please fill out the following form and submit it to your state's designated SEO coordination officer: https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.energy.gov%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2F2022-08%2FSEP-IIJA-Transformation-Collaborative-Opt-in-Template.docx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK
|2023 Deadline TBD|
|20||Weatherization Assistance Program Training Resources||Weatherization||US Department of Energy (DOE), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)||WAP reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring health and safety. It is the nation’s single largest residential whole-house energy efficiency program. WAP has created an industry, producing new jobs and technologies, all while helping the most vulnerable families across the country.||The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides weatherization professionals with program updates, video trainings, and comprehensive tools to assist in the implementation of state and local programs.||Includes weatherization standardized curricula for trainers, WAP grantee manager's training toolkit, WAP financial training, WAP administrative professional training, and WAP RFP toolkit for training and technical assistance services||State and local governments, contractors, WAP professionals, WAP trainors||N/A||None||N/A|
|21||WINDExchange||Wind, Offshore Wind||US Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)||WINDExchange is the US Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office platform for disseminating credible information about wind energy. The purpose of WINDExchange is to help communities weigh the benefits and costs of wind energy, understand the deployment process, and make wind development decisions supported by the best available information.||WINDExchange provides state-specific information about wind energy and capacity, as well as tools||
To ask a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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