The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works closely with states and communities to ensure their unique needs are being met as they transition to a clean, resilient, and affordable energy future.
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) helps communities across the United States reach their decarbonization goals by supporting funding initiatives, technical assistance programs, and do-it-yourself (DIY) tools.
Why Is Localized Support Critical for the Nation’s Energy Transition?
Not all communities have the resources required to plan and deploy clean energy projects, or they may encounter specific challenges that make it difficult to do so. For example, remote and island communities have unique geographic features that can impact their energy systems. They are more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and power outages and may not have adequate access to transmission lines delivering centralized power generation. For many of these communities, access to resilient, affordable, and reliable local clean energy resources is a priority.
By building a knowledge-sharing network of communities and connecting them to experts at national laboratories, EERE is helping communities to define their own priorities—whether greater affordability, reduced power outages, sustainable job creation, or cleaner air—and leverage clean energy solutions to meet those priorities.
Clean Energy to Communities
The Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program provides tailored, knowledge-based assistance across the renewable power, grid, transportation, and buildings sectors. By bringing together innovative technologies, state-of-the-art modeling, and unique abilities to test clean energy plans before installing them in the field, C2C fosters community-led innovation by closing the gap between clean energy ambitions and real-world deployment.
Energy Transitions Initiative and Partnership Project
For a decade, EERE’s flagship Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI) has supported energy transitions for island and remote communities through partnerships and collaboration. ETI offers technical assistance, planning resources, tools, and trainings to help these communities achieve energy goals related to:
- Local resource reliance
- Institutional, social, and economic resilience
- Enhanced institutional capacity
- Lower energy costs.
The ETI Partnership Project (ETIPP) leverages the benefits of ETI by connecting participating communities with energy experts—including national lab staff and regional advisors—to address their priorities and advance the development of resilient energy systems.
The ETI framework is reflected in its Energy Transitions Playbook: an action-oriented guide to successfully initiating, planning, and completing an energy transition from a system that depends on imported fuels to a more resilient one that utilizes local clean
Learn more about regional ETIPP cohorts.
Energy Transition Planning Resources
For communities preparing for—or already involved in—an energy transition project, ETI planning resources can help guide the journey.
Energy Transition Tools and Trainings
Use ETI trainings and tools to help you make informed decisions during energy system planning.