FY23 Selections from the Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program.

The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced selectees for the 2023 Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program, which will provide bioenergy assistance for 17 communities in 11 states. 

This program funds collaborations between NREL and 17 local government entities to provide strategic planning support, quantification of local organic waste resources, and mitigation approaches for localized environmental impacts, among other high priority concerns. To-date, BETO and NREL have assisted more than 40 communities since 2021 through this program.

The WTE program was created to mobilize national laboratory analyses and technical expertise around energy and resource recovery from organic waste streams such as food waste, sewage sludge, animal manure, as well as fats, oils, and greases. It addresses knowledge gaps, specific challenges, decision-making considerations, planning, and project implementation strategies related to WTE in those communities. Insights and analyses from this technical assistance program provide an avenue for municipalities and tribal governments to make informed decisions about closing waste loops and generating additional value streams from waste.

The FY23 partnering communities include:



Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA


Nevada County, CA


Souhegan Regional Landfill District (SRLD), Amherst, NH


Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor Township, NJ


Dodge City, KS


City & County of Honolulu, HI


Town of Windsor, CA


City & Borough of Juneau, AK


Climate Action Collaborative for Eagle County, CO


Gulf Coast Authority, Houston, TX


Solid Waste Services Anchorage Municipality, AK


Butte County & City of Oroville, CA


Beaver County, UT


Miami-Dade County, FL


City of Gainesville, FL


City of Eudora, KS


Montclair Township, NJ




Learn more about WTE and BETO-funded technical assistance. For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions or contact the WTE Technical Assistance team at wte.assist@nrel.gov

Subject to funding availability, BETO intends to support an additional phase of this program in the spring of 2024. Subscribe to BETO’s email distribution list to receive updates, including details about this and other funding opportunities.