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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) works alongside remote, island, and islanded communities seeking to transform their energy systems and increase energy resilience through strategic energy planning and the implementation of solutions that address their specific challenges. 

ETIPP defines remote, island, or islanded communities as follows:

  • Remote communities are isolated from population centers and as a result, have limited access to centralized energy systems.
  • Island communities are isolated from the mainland by waterways.
  • Islanded communities are not grid-tied to large transmission-scale power systems and as a result, experience frequent issues with power quality or reliability. These communities may or may not be categorized as "remote" or "island."

This multi-year, cross-sector technical assistance effort applies a tailored, community-driven approach to clean and resilient energy transitions, leveraging the experience and expertise of the ETIPP partner network: a broad coalition of local stakeholders, tribal leaders, regional organizations, national laboratories, and DOE offices. Read the ETIPP fact sheet to learn more about technical assistance in communities.

ETIPP leverages the Energy Transitions Initiative's (ETI) proven framework to address community energy challenges, build capacity, and accelerate the sharing of best practices and innovations. The ETI framework is reflected in its Energy Transitions Playbook: an action-oriented guide to successfully initiating, planning, and completing an energy system transition that primarily relies on local resources to eliminate a dependence on imported fuels.

By understanding local energy and infrastructure challenges, goals, and opportunities, ETIPP's partner network empowers communities to proactively identify and implement strategic, holistic solutions tailored to their needs.

ETIPP provides technical assistance opportunities for remote, island, and islanded communities. Selected communities receive support for a project scoping phase (approximately one to two months), followed by 12- to 18-month-long energy planning and analysis projects that:

  • Prioritize community energy values, goals, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Identify and advance the ability to implement strategic, whole-systems solutions.
  • Foster high-impact, replicable community energy transition approaches.

By participating in ETIPP, communities can expect to receive substantial in-kind support from the partnering national labs in the form of technical expertise on energy analysis, planning and implementation, and general ETIPP program guidance and education from the ETIPP regional partners. Selected communities will not receive direct funding as part of the ETIPP program.

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Twenty-three communities are charting their path to a more resilient energy future through the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project. Read the text version of the video.

Video courtesy of DOE

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If you have questions about ETIPP, contact eti@ee.doe.gov.