The U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) is sharing three new workforce programs and asking for input regarding their structure between now and January 26, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Through this Request for Information (RFI) for these programs, SCEP is soliciting feedback from states and nonprofits, as well as partner stakeholders such as labor unions, employers and contractors, workforce investment boards, energy efficiency training providers, researchers, community partners, manufacturers, community-based organizations, and others on issues related to the development and implementation of relevant programs.

The State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Program, Energy Auditor Training Program, and Career Skills Training Program are funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and will support a more equitable energy efficiency and buildings-focused electrification workforce.

More information: 

  • The IRA-funded Contractor Training Program offers $200 million in grants for states to prepare the contractors who electrify and install energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings.
  • The BIL-funded Energy Auditor Training Program offers $40 million in grants for states to train individuals to conduct energy audits in commercial and residential buildings.
  • The BIL-funded Career Skills Training Program offers $10 million in grants for partnerships comprising nonprofits, industry, and labor organizations to develop classroom instruction and on-the-job training that will help individuals obtain industry-related certifications to install energy-efficient building technologies.

RFI responses must be submitted electronically as an attachment to with “Workforce RFI Response” in the subject line.