Bureau or Account: Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

Funding amount: $500,000,000

Period of Availability: Available through 2026

Funding Mechanism: Grant, Cooperative Agreement, or Other

New Program: Yes

Recipients: Will be stipulated in competitive solicitation

Description: To demonstrate the technical and economic viability of carrying out clean energy projects on current and former mine land. Up to five 5 clean energy projects are to be carried out in geographically diverse regions, at least 2 of which shall be solar projects.

Eligible Uses:

The term “clean energy project” ​means a project that demonstrates 1 or more of the following technologies:​

(A) Solar.

(B) Micro-grids.​

(C) Geothermal.​

(D) Direct air capture.​

(E) Fossil-fueled electricity generation with carbon ​capture, utilization, and sequestration.​

(F) Energy storage, including pumped storage hydropower and ​compressed air storage.​

(G) Advanced nuclear technologies.​

In selecting clean energy projects for participation in the program under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall prioritize clean energy projects that will—​

(A) be carried out in a location where the greatest number of jobs can be created from the successful demonstration of the clean energy project;​

(B) provide the greatest net impact in avoiding or reducing greenhouse gas emissions;​

(C) provide the greatest domestic job creation (both directly and indirectly) during the implementation of the clean energy project;​

(D) provide the greatest job creation and economic development in the vicinity of the clean energy project, particularly—​

(i) in economically distressed areas; and ​

(ii) with respect to dislocated workers who were previously employed in manufacturing, coal power plants, or coal mining;​

(E) have the greatest potential for technological innovation and commercial deployment; ​

(F) have the lowest levelized cost of generated or stored energy;​

(G) have the lowest rate of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of electricity generated or stored; and​

(H) have the shortest project time from permitting to completion.​​​​​​​​

Next Milestone: Estimated application opening date, 2023.