Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement that will establish a regional network of Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) to help industrial facilities and other large energy users increase the adoption of onsite energy technologies. Clean onsite energy technologies provide a practical alternative to generating electricity and heat from fossil fuels and produce flexible, reliable, and affordable energy that reduces emissions across the industrial sector.

By generating and storing electricity and heat directly at their own facilities, manufacturers can save money and gain greater control over the availability of clean energy and how it gets integrated into their processes. Many onsite energy technologies also save energy by increasing efficiency and capturing usable energy that would otherwise be wasted. In addition to the energy and cost savings, onsite energy technologies can allow industrial facilities to significantly decrease their carbon footprint by incorporating renewable energy and storage.

This upcoming funding opportunity will establish the Onsite Energy TAPs, a regional network of technical assistance providers, to help facilities across the nation integrate the latest onsite energy technologies, including battery storage, combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, geothermal, industrial heat pumps, renewable fuels, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, thermal storage, and wind power. This specialized technical assistance can range from initial site screenings that identify onsite energy opportunities to more advanced analysis to support project installations.


The Onsite Energy TAPs will also engage with policymakers, utilities, and other key stakeholders to accelerate pathways for integration of onsite energy technologies. Additional activities will include developing publicly available tools and resources, sharing best practices, and building partnerships that drive decarbonization in the U.S. industrial sector.

View the notice of intent to learn more about this upcoming funding opportunity, including the two proposed topic areas:
 

  • Topic 1 - Regional Onsite TAPs: Funding up to 10 entities to serve as regional Onsite Energy TAPs, each serving a multi-state region.
  • Topic 2 - Onsite Energy Technical Analysis and Support Center: Funding one national entity to serve as the Onsite Energy Technical Analysis and Support Center.

EERE plans to issue the FOA via EERE Exchange in January 2023. The funding opportunity is expected to include approximately $23 million in federal funding. EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately one to three years.

To encourage the formation of a diverse range of project teams, EERE will provide a Teaming Partner List where interested parties can provide contact information and indicate areas of expertise and interest. Updates to the Teaming Partner List will be available on the EERE Exchange website.

Please submit questions and comments electronically to onsiteenergy@ee.doe.gov.

This funding opportunity will be issued by EERE’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office.