These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) relate to the $62 billion Department of Energy (DOE) mission to deliver a more equitable and clean energy future under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The BIL funding supports a total of 60 programs with a focus on demonstration and deployment activities. These FAQs cover topics on implementation of the law for industry, state, local, tribal and territorial stakeholders, and the public.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR DISTRIBUTING FUNDS AND IMPLEMENTING INITIATIVES IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE LAW?
The BIL is a long-term investment in our nation’s competitiveness. To ensure DOE BIL programs leverage the highest impact approaches to support long-term competitiveness, DOE is actively engaging stakeholders to inform program design. Some new programs--like the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs and Energy Storage Demonstrations --will take longer to implement, as they require extensive stakeholder engagement and full program design, while others that build on existing programs --such as the Weatherization Assistance Program--will be able to move more quickly to releasing funding opportunities.
Most of the BIL programs will operate over a five- to ten-year timeline given the necessary timeline associated with large scale demonstration and deployment programs, and to provide states, cities, and localities as well as Territories and Tribal governments the ongoing support they need to deliver these transformative projects for their communities.
DOE anticipates funding announcements for many programs beginning in 2022. The best way to receive announcements is to sign up for notification subscriptions from the DOE.
Additionally, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law website includes public announcements related to Funding Opportunities, Guidance, Request for Information and Notices of Intent on the Funding Opportunities page.
HOW WILL FUNDING BE DELIVERED AT THE STATE, AND LOCAL LEVEL?
Funding will be delivered through formula funds to state, local, and tribal governments, as well as through competitive solicitations. More details on application requirements and instructions will become available as these various programs are developed. The best way to receive announcements is to sign up for notification subscriptions from the DOE.
Additionally, the BIL website includes public announcements related to Funding Opportunities, Guidance, Request for Information, and Notices of Intent on the Funding Opportunities page.
State, Local, and Tribal Formula Summary of Opportunities
|$550,000,000||Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants programs||States, Local Governments, and Tribes are eligible for formula grants. 2% of funds will available via competitive grants to Local Governments and Tribes that are not eligible for formula grants.|
Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program
|States, Territories and District of Columbia are eligible for formula grants.|
|$2,500,000,000||Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid Grants||States, Territories, and District of Columbia are eligible for formula grants|
|$500,000,000||State Energy Program||States, Territories, and District of Columbia are eligible for formula grants|
|$3,500,000,000||Weatherization Assistance Program||States, Territories, and District of Columbia are eligible for formula grants|
HOW CAN BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS GET INVOLVED IN IMPLEMENTATION EFFORTS AND PROVIDE INDUSTRY FEEDBACK?
DOE is actively seeking feedback from key stakeholders in the energy sector through several transparent avenues.
Many BIL programs are publishing Request For Information (RFI) for stakeholder input and collaboration. The intent of an RFI is to obtain public input regarding strategy, program design, and the solicitation process and structure of a potential future funding opportunities. RFIs on a wide range of programs will continue to be released in the coming weeks and months.
DOE also plans on releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to formally notify interested parties of DOE’s intent to solicit applications and provide detailed technical information for many programs.
See Funding Opportunities for more Information on past and current RFI and NOIs.
In addition to RFIs, DOE is holding multiple stakeholder events each month to inform BIL provisions. Upcoming events are listed on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law page
CAN ENTITIES APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE BIL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA)?
Yes, entities are welcome to apply for more than one BIL FOA if they meet the eligibility requirements. If an application is unsuccessful or successful for one FOA, entities are still eligible to apply for other FOAs.
HOW DOES DOE PLAN TO ENGAGE WITH OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE IMPLEMENTATION EFFORTS?
DOE is working across the federal government to implement the BIL and deliver for the American people. As President Biden says, this is a whole of government effort, and that’s why he created an Infrastructure Implementation Task Force—of which Secretary Granholm is a member—to facilitate coordination across the government.
DOE is already working closely with other federal agencies, and one great example of this cross-agency coordination is the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that is being created to support the deployment of $7.5 billion to build out a national electric vehicle charging network.
HOW WILL THE INFRASTRUCTURE LAW HELP TACKLE THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is an important step in the fight against the climate crisis. The law makes several key investments to advance the nation’s climate priorities. The law will:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector through historic investments in rail and public transit as well as electric vehicle charging infrastructure that will help Americans shift to zero emission driving.
- Modernize America’s power grid, with the largest investment in clean energy transmission in history.
- Make our infrastructure more resilient to the impacts of climate change, including funds to protect against droughts, floods, and wildfires, in addition to a major investment in weatherization.
- Will make the largest investment in legacy pollution and environmental remediation in U.S. history.
Learn more about what the law will do to help combat climate change.
HOW DOES BIL ADDRESS EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE? WHAT IS JUSTICE 40?
The BIL supports energy and environmental justice for communities across the country and will take much-needed steps to improve public health, reduce pollution, and deliver economic revitalization to communities that for too long have been disproportionately burdened by pollution and underserved.
- Low-income households and households of color pay way too much for energy—for those below the federal poverty line, energy bills may eat upwards of 30% of their paycheck. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $3.5 billion in DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program, reducing energy costs for more than 700,000 households.
- The law will deliver thousands of electric school buses nationwide, prioritizing rural and low-income communities, helping school districts buy clean, American-made, zero emission buses to protect children’s health.
- People of color are more likely to live in areas most vulnerable to flooding and other climate change-related weather events like hurricanes. The law will help make our power grid more resilient to impacts of severe weather events due to climate change to help keep communities and families safe.
The Justice40 Initiative was established by Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, which mandates that 40% of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments—including investments in clean energy and energy efficiency; clean transit; affordable and sustainable housing; training and workforce development; the remediation and reduction of legacy pollution; and the development of clean water infrastructure—must flow to disadvantaged communities.
Learn more about how the law advances equity and environmental justice.
Learn more about how equity is shaping DOE activities. Shaping Equity at DOE.
WHAT WILL THE INFRASTRUCTURE LAW DO TO CREATE FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOBS?
The BIL is expected to create millions of good-paying, clean energy jobs—most of which won’t require a college degree—that will be spread across every part of the country. This is because the BIL:
- Requires all construction workers on projects funded by the law to be paid prevailing wages.
- Will help get more clean energy online and create thousands of jobs for utility workers, electricians, and laborers across the country.
- Invests millions in workforce development to create the next generation of green collar workers gaining hands-on training for clean energy jobs that will spur their careers for years to come.
- Includes a Buy America provision to ensure that taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects are built with American iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials.
Learn more about how the law will create new jobs and support American workers.
WHAT WILL THE NEW OFFICE OF CLEAN ENERGY DEMONSTRATIONS DO?
The BIL provides a historic investment of $21.5 billion in funding for clean energy demonstrations to deliver cutting edge clean technologies to communities and businesses across the country and keep the country on its path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will help bridge the gap between research and development to validate technologies in real-world conditions and provide confidence that the technology works as intended. These demonstrations will also unlock massive follow-on investment from the private sector to deploy these technologies, delivering clean energy and creating good-paying jobs in communities across the country.
Learn more about the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations.
WHAT WILL THE JOINT OFFICE OF ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION DO?
The new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation will support the deployment of $7.5 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will play a key role in building out a national network of electric vehicle charging stations with a focus on filling gaps in rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach locations. This is a critical component of the President’s plan to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, address the climate crisis, and support domestic manufacturing jobs.
The Joint Office will also provide technical assistance to states and localities and will support training and certification programs to strengthen career pathways for American workers.
Learn more about the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.
HOW DOES THE INFRASTRUCTRURE LAW RELATE TO THE DAVIS-BACON ACT?
The Davis-Bacon Act requires contractors and subcontractors to pay laborers and mechanics employed on federal construction contracts no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area (as established by Department of Labor). Contractors must maintain an accurate record of hours worked and wages
paid, including fringe benefit contributions, and submit certified payrolls on a weekly basis to the DOE. A vast majority of the federal funding authorized by the BIL requires the payment of Davis-Bacon prevailing wages on covered construction projects.
HOW DOES THE INFRASTRUCTRURE LAW RELATE TO THE BUILD AMERICA, BUY AMERICA ACT (BABA)? ARE THERE BABA WAIVERS?
The Build America, Buy America provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law strengthen Made in America requirements. Agencies must ensure all funds made available for a Federal Financial Assistance program for infrastructure, whether or not funded by BIL, include provisions ensuring that all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used are produced in the United States and that policies are in place to process written requests for waivers to this requirement in a transparent manner. BIL specifically describes the waiver request steps. It discusses the process by which a waiver of the requirement may be requested, evaluated, and either granted or denied. For more information, visit Made in America.
HOW IS DOE ADDRESSING SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES FUNDED UNDER THE BIL?
DOE established the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) with a key focus on strengthening and securing manufacturing and energy supply chains needed to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure and support a clean and equitable energy transition. MESC catalyzes the development of an energy sector industrial base through targeted investments that establish and secure domestic clean energy supply chains and manufacturing, and by engaging with private-sector companies, other Federal agencies, and key stakeholders to collect, analyze, respond to, and share data about energy supply chains to inform future decision making and investment. The office manages programs that develop clean domestic manufacturing and workforce capabilities, with an emphasis on opportunities for small and medium enterprises and communities in energy transition. DOE programs are also advancing activities specific to their technology focuses that strengthen the energy supply chain.
HOW MAY MY ORGANIZATION APPLY FOR BIL FUNDING FOR A REGIONAL CLEAN HYDROGEN HUB?
The BIL provides $21.5 billion in funding for clean energy demonstrations focused on next generation technologies needed to achieve our goal of net-zero by 2050, including $8 billion for clean hydrogen hubs, which will turbo-charge our progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution. This funding supports the development of at least 4 regional clean hydrogen hubs to improve clean hydrogen production, processing, delivery, storage, and end use. Regional clean hydrogen hubs are networks of hydrogen producers, potential consumers, and connective infrastructure.
You can include your hydrogen activity or activities in the Hydrogen Matchmaker (H2 Matchmaker) . The H2 Matchmaker is an online information resource to assist hydrogen suppliers and users to identify opportunities to expand development toward realizing regional clean hydrogen hubs. More details on application requirements and instructions will become available at Bipartisan Infrastructure Law page as these various programs are stood up.
HOW WILL THE CIVIL NUCLEAR CREDIT PROGRAM FUNCTION?
The Civil Nuclear Credit Program is a $6 billion strategic investment through BIL to help preserve the existing U.S. nuclear reactor fleet and save thousands of high-paying jobs across the country. Under the new program, owners or operators of commercial U.S. reactors can apply for certification to bid on credits to support their continued operations. An application must demonstrate the reactor is projected to close for economic reasons and that closure will lead to a rise in air pollutants and carbon emissions. The Secretary of Energy must also determine that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reasonable assurance that the reactor will continue operating safely. Credits will be allocated to selected certified reactors over a four-year period beginning on the date of the selection and credits can be awarded through September 30, 2031, if funds remain available.
HOW CAN MY STATE RECEIVE FUNDING THROUGH THE WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is the nation’s oldest whole-house energy efficiency program. WAP reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. Under the BIL, the WAP was appropriated $3.5 billion in funding. The funding expands the reach of WAP to help more state, local, and tribal governments reduce household energy use – saving consumers money, reducing emissions, and improving the health and safety of homes in communities that are disproportionally impacted by high energy costs. The program furthers President’s Biden efforts to lower costs for families while growing an equitable clean energy economy on our path to a net zero emissions economy by 2050. The program also implements the President’s Justice40 commitment, which aims to ensure that federal agencies deliver at least 40% of benefits from certain investments to disadvantaged communities.
Weatherization Program Notice (WPN) BIL 22-1 and 22-2 provide programmatic information to weatherization managers to develop a WAP Grantee Plan to apply for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds. More information on how states can now access BIL WAP funding can be found on the WAP website.
HOW DOES BIL UPGRADE THE GRID?
The Building a Better Grid Initiative will make the U.S. power grid more resilient to the impacts of climate change and increase access to affordable and reliable clean energy. BIL expands on existing DOE authorities to provide substantial new tools and funding to the Department to accelerate the modernization, expansion, and resilience of the Nation's electric grid. This includes a new $2.5 billion Transmission Facilitation Program, $3 billion expansion of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program, and more than $10 billion in grants for states, Tribes, and utilities to enhance grid resilience and prevent power outages. This funding builds on existing tools, including the more than $3 billion Western Area Power Administration Transmission Infrastructure Program, and several loan guarantee programs through the Loan Programs Office.
DOE will release several grid-related Request for Information on program design during Q2 2022 (calendar year) and anticipates releasing funding opportunities in Q3 2022 (calendar year). See Funding Opportunities for more Information on Requests For Information, Notices of Intent, and Funding Opportunity Announcements and sign up for upcoming announcements here.
HOW DOES THE BIL FUNDING IMPROVE ENERGY USE IN SCHOOLS?
BIL provides $500 million for grants for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicles improvements at public school facilities. The 100,000 public K-12 schools across the United States contain the classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, playgrounds, and gyms where 50 million students learn, eat, build friendships, and exercise. DOE aims to facilitate substantial additional investment, prioritize schools with high needs, minimize administrative burden, and build enduring capacity in local educational agencies and the states to maximize impact equitably and efficiently
DOE released a Request for Information (RFI)on program design that will close on May 18, 2022 and anticipates releasing funding opportunities in Q3 2022 (calendar year). Questions regarding this RFI may be submitted to SchoolsRFI@doe.gov.
See Funding Opportunities for more Information on active Request For Information and (Notice of Intent) and Funding Opportunity Announcements.
BIL “HOT TOPIC” POINTS OF CONTACT
For more information about labor laws to include Davis Bacon Act and Build American Buy American contact BILLabor@hq.doe.gov
For more information about the Clean Hydrogen Hubs contact BILHydrogen@hq.doe.gov
For more information about solar projects contact email@example.com contact
For more information about state and local matters contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Civil Nuclear Credit may be found on the Civil Nuclear Credit Program page or by contacting BILCNC@hq.doe.gov
For more information about batteries contact BIL-Batterymanufacturing@hq.doe.gov